A soft breeze stirs
redbud rose apple embers.
fields catch fire.
the sky weeps
the sky weeps
April 17 is William Wordsworth’s 251st birthday.
The purple coneflower sings “Of what is past, or passing, or to come.”
WB Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium
I wrote this poem in response to the mass murder in Las Vegas several years ago. I am sad that I return to it again and again.
“Maybe walking into some marshes, and deciding at an undetermined future point to stop walking, was what was available to the Romantics, but I think …The Joy of a Pointless Walk
gold blades slice
weeping bare limbs
pierce cold earth
The Day I Spotted God Shoplifting
Many questions arose the day I spotted God shoplifting in the grocery.
God, God of everything, steals canned chicken? What could She possibly need, Producer of produce, Potter, Baker, Maker of meat and me? Stuffing another can in Her purse, out popped tomato soup, and I thought She’s sloppy in Her old age. I wondered if She had ever been detained – the sign reads “Shoplifters Get a Free Ride In a Police Car.’’
A unique opportunity, I followed Her and pretended to examine limp yellow celery, though She had to know my intention.
I wondered what She thought of this produce department? She’s probably seen better, like the good stuff that First Week. That was some fruit, I tell you.
I asked Her some of the big ones.
Are you God? THE God, God of everything?
Would You recommend another market for fresh produce?
Anywhere is better than this dump.
Why are You shopping here?
I’m not shopping. Are you blind?
So, this Neil Diamond guy: What do you make of him?
Not my freaking problem. Get away from me or I’ll smite thee.
Annoying God of everything not on my list of errands, I apologized.
Have a good morning.
I waited in my car. I had to see the car God of everything drives, even follow Her home. A brownstone on the tony north side? A flat in the near west side?
I considered now I have something on God of everything, though She has plenty on me, because She is God of everything.
She drives a yellow ‘72 VW Beetle. It’s probably hot.
Thin gray twilight draws
Threadbare blanket close around
Winter’s stony heart
A Second Opinion I won’t tell you these things happen for a reason and other cruel lies. I will tell you I’ve seen your feral cells under my microscope. Unlike you in every way their genes encode bald greed. One of you must go. I will tell you about tears you can’t spare. You will ask how terror restores harmony to the universe. A perverse counter-weight to immense good. A life lesson that takes life. You will hate your new vocabulary: anorexia, intra-thecal, stochastic. You will say chance insults intelligence. In the end, if you still seek a reason I’ll hold your cool hand. I will tell you chance favors greed and greed serves only the greedy. Beautiful one, this life is a world apart from your generous heart.