中華民國 EVERY REVOLUTIONARY KNOWS 東風, 东风強國, 强国 (a collection of poems)

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一切革命知道 EVERY REVOLUTIONARY KNOWS 東風… 4

SCRABBLE THE MUDDY COBBLES. 26

PAPA GOOSE – “El Burro Viejo (The Old Burro)”. 38

THE TANGO LESSON.. 43

I REMEMBER TOMORROW.. 47

BOLSA CHICA. 50

THE CATALINA VARIATIONS. 51

HAIKU THE SINNER’S HYMN.. 54

HAIKU CONVALESCENT HOME. 55

ONE LAST LEAF IN WINTER SKY. 56

NOTHING RHYMES WITH MONTH, SILVER, ORANGE, OR PURPLE. 57

CRUZAR MI CORAZÓN.. 58

PAPA GOOSE – “TWO BLACK SHEEP”. 59

HAIKU LE SACRÉ BLEU.. 60

HAIKU THE LOVE ZOMBIE. 61

THE GRASSHOPPER IN WINTER. 62

THE BALLAD OF HARRY PALMS. 67

VISIONS OF THE GONE.. 81

THE REVEREND O.L. DUCK SONGBOOK, VOL. II 90

TRAVIS HAS COME.. 94

ELEGY FOR OUR CAT RONCHO.. 95

THE REVEREND O.L. DUCK SONGBOOK, VOL. I 98

HAIKU THE THOUGHT LEADER. 103

HAIKU THE SPIDER. 104

RABBIT, MONKEY, AND LITTLE GIRL. 105

THE WEDDING OF GRANT AND MICHELLE. 107

REQUIEM FOR THOSE WE SHELTER. 108

Dr. Seuss and Dos Equis. 114

OWED TO A CIGARETTE. 117

LIVING IT DOWN. 118

HAIKU THE CAT. 122

OLLA PODRIDA. 123

Kenny In The Crosswinds. 124

Where the Hours Clanged and Fell 127

GABRIELLA. 129

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一切革命知道 EVERY REVOLUTIONARY KNOWS 東風

In Prison some reading is allowed;

Never any writing.

Write with milk on paper.

Nothing can be seen.

If the paper is gently heated

The Words appear.

Eastern Wind used the milk of her own breasts

Writing in the margins of a book

After her child was taken.

That book was discovered.

These are the true words of Eastern Wind:

My aunt told us one by one

To love, to take care of wife or husband.

She quietly arranged in time

To have us safe.

The Army came to take away our father.

His methods had brought us half-way

To a new history in half a day.

I carried only a cup on my back,

North to Peking.

I joined Peking University

To study ballet.

In the dawn I was seen running

With a notebook on my back

Holding a pen in my teeth.

I compared myself with the competition.

To graduate I feared

I would have to change my tonsils.

Yet I performed a Slogan

Making all the others

Look like an illness ward.

I learned to exploit the museum.

I was not bad.

Not only was there never a matter,

I also had no need to mend cloth.

I could not but admire

The unit step of the Army.

I would attend the drill ground

Every dawn.

Only later would I visit

The restaurant with the grass floor.

I would have a dish of fry and tea,

Nearly often lacking something,

As the Great Wall lacks

Factory buildings.

I would sing measured words of the scene

From my bus to the workshop station.

I wore an Achievement Shirt.

I had set-up production

Within the city wall.

To eat, to grow, to set out,

I was now full of the blood

Drawn in early February.

I saw my way out was to become

A kitchen cook,

“To wear the window to bed”

As it is said.

I wanted to cook at the Spring Festival.

In Spring, a measured word from the past

Will go from village to village.

A bag of flour

Will be taken by a doctor

To the Delegation Unit.

Milk will be smeared with a knife

On a cutting block.

Rice was the reason.

Rice.

A structural particle

We must wait to get.

When it is low,

Your enemies cannot resist.

Rice.

Hunger is an evil recompense.

Show your younger brother,

Looking for his place on some map,

Before he turns on the electric light,

Reads the telegram,

And telephones the machinery plant:

“Understanding freezes all reason”.

Struggle to reach independence only.

Stretch the short degrees of temper.

We have the right to face how much more

Sorry we are

Of what we have to hide.

It was at this time that I met

Strong Country

Trying to issue a publication

Revealing his developed

Electric generator.

He ran a fever constantly,

Never occurring to discover

The bud of his development.

He wanted to go over the hills

Like an interpreter.

I wanted to object.

He wanted to resist.

We wanted to reflect.

We found ourselves eating rice

In the spherical room

Of a convenient restaurant

Holiday House.

He wanted to fly an aeroplane

With our very last fen.

For a minute I struggled like

A field in the wind

Before Strong Country’s measured words.

In the end we only stole soap

From the airport.

Our eyes weathered the rich scenery.

His father was a Service Attendant

Who lived nearby.

His review of us

In the measured words of Slogans

Complicated us.

He always seemed to reconstruct,

To clean,

To catch-up.

When we moved away at last,

I gratefully rushed out

Into the cold

To give thanks and to work.

If these words could just now ring

Like a piano high note

Happily to tell older brothers

Songs of revolution:

“Sing measured notes to give foundation

For every factory engineer

At his worksite

Kilometers from the worker commune.”

The worksteps of Industry

In the year of Christ

Consolidated the Communist Party.

In the village ravine

An orphan girl lived

Alone at the ancient, ancient

Historical site.

At the Imperial Palace,

Customers told stories

To blow the wind.

People wanted to hang too closely

Concerned.

A concerned audience

Used to irrigate Kwangchow,

But now the return journey

Is too expensive.

This country suffered from Internationalism.

Still, we,

Children at sea

Afraid to shout Chinese,

Utterly selfless,

Fine, good-looking,

Alright, laughable,

Would go to drink.

“They cannot keep closed the river”

We would sing.

It was a very black peace.

When the fierce Red Detachment of Women

Would come in thick,

Back and behind,

Later on, the day after tomorrow,

It would be breathed in the land

That those women could speak flower bouquets,

Or words to ski on,

Drawing pictorial plays

That could ruin happiness,

Send off welcome, or change, in a flutter,

A cucumber to yellow.

But their words were only to obtain,

To restore, and give answers

That may live unconscious

Like a fire in a train station.

Even the hen’s egg moved,

Excited by opportunity

As fierce as the machinery

Of the many seasons.

How many times that season

Did we plan to remember

To mail commemorations of the Spring

Shared both here

And with Strong Country’s exiled family?

We pushed the days off of our shoulder

To persist firmly in hard work,

Arduous struggle,

With a staunchness

Like a prison.

We sought to build,

Building the still future they like to speak about

In suburbs.

We were to teach ourselves,

Talking together

A symphony at picnics.

Our feet became our teachers.

Education from the streets

Took over then.

The result,

Like a holiday performance,

Liberated my older sister

Into solving her problems

Unbuttoning herself

To the Liberation Army.

From then on that golden year

We were tightly intense

To be so near

Entering the Center Spirit.

We had the appearance between us

Of a long time,

Taking places to hold

And save ourselves as we dined

Together like a giant sentence.

We wanted to feel the decision

That was a determined army.

To hold an open party

Was to begin boiled water.

There were those to make a joke,

Those to watch like jail,

Those to see like the doctor,

Those to shoulder,

Those to resist like Japanese aggression,

Those to toast with reliable thirst,

Those to pity.

All this was overcome

By the polite guest

With a mouth like a sack

Crying bitterness.

I wanted to work hard,

Painting measured words,

But soon it became too spacious

To tie-up without difficulty.

I needed to grab onto,

To come to the source.

I went to work

Like a wolf.

I went to work

At a firm

Run by my old Grandpa.

My Uncle cooked leaves

For those who watered the fruit reservoir

And spoke of flood disaster

In their sleep.

The teacher Big Pillar,

Sitting tired and cold

Half a kilometer away

In a bad haircut

Recited for me

The theory of gifts.

He gave me strength,

The strength, for example,

To connect and even

To contact history.

One day my face

Was cool from exercise.

In the cool grain store,

Big Pillar said my eyes

Were like two bright grains.

I said I wanted

To find a hunter

With a face

Like Lenin.

Big Pillar left, flowing

Like blood

Around fluent willows,

Downstairs in the building.

Down the green messy donkey road

To the hotel,

Two interrogative particles

Became a mother horse and her owner.

The owner immediately offered

To sell the animal to me.

I asked him why

I would want to buy an extra stride?

He said that for a fen

He would have the mother horse

Slowly steamrolled

On a busy street.

His name was Mao.

And he wore a towel,

His sweater, and a hat.

Never mind

What he did not wear.

He would not have every, every

Beautiful younger sister

Suffocate perplexed

At his gate.

The mother horse

Carried cooked rice,

Rice-flour, meat, cotton, bread and noodles free of charge.

Mao said

I reminded him

Of the Second Democracy Nationality Understanding.

Clearly, on that scenic spot

Someday tomorrow

A name may be found in ink,

Upon the curtain

Hide of a certain

Mother horse.

I wanted to take out

That which I was

In the hard South.

I asked Mao from inside my years:

Could he have read the age

Before hard-working peasants

Milked the land,

And girl’s held their daughters’

For warmth only?

Mao replied,

“If I could climb a hill

Without fear,

I would shoot a volleyball film

To show beside you

As you run to cultivate

And to educate

A vigorous friend

To criticize fur, beer,

And inexpensive sheets.

The poor peasant is liable

To pounce

On a ticket to a ping-pong game.”

I said, angrily,

“Aggression was the dear industry

Of the Chin dynasty.

It was as clear as youth.

It was clear

Autumn did not please the poor.

They chose not to achieve,

To pass away

The last years

Really advising weakness to the masses.”

But it was then

That I was to let in love,

Deeply, warmly,

Bustling from this warm person,

The kind of person that people,

The People,

Come to know,

To regard.

My task was to throw,

Conscientiously,

A day’s easy meat slice

To the now weak.

We took a walk three miles

To dismiss a meeting

In the Shanhaikuan Hills.

Up above the stairs

We went to discuss

The Hill wounded

And the good-hearted wounds.

“What can you do

Except to advance

In front of the day

After yesterday?”

“In the future

A gun barrel will save a knock.”

“Wives will flag a ride

At seven to catch sight

Of a money purse.”

“A thousand pencils

In a money purse

Will buy your car atmosphere.”

“God came to Shangdi

On Saturday

To go to school

Wearing a coat

And carrying a little snake.”

“A commune member was using the equipment

Of Socialism

To extend his body deep,

Deep into health.”

“Angel production

Was life,

The living allowance.”

“The rope of life is wet

With victory.”

“The cause

Is a matter for world business

In this century.

To fail

Is to lose

Ten times the time

In a stone.”

I looked at my watch.

I tuned the radio set

To the capitol.

The news

Told of a surgical operation:

A salesperson

Of an oppressed book

Was the first to receive

A blood transfusion

On the comfortable bookshelf

Of a bookstore.

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SCRABBLE THE MUDDY COBBLES

1 ARTHUR BLEWITT

Wind and Cloud and Ice

And Man who is the Fire

Claim the mountain top

Cock’s pride chortles forth

Dawning on humble mice

Cobwebs encompass windows

In gray doors peeling red

Unopened

Morning ragtime worm

Cut cut orchard

Hot thick apples

Leaning trees

Amber apples

Savage love bites

Pollen weary bees

My head clock really buzzed

Wanting that gin whack

Suddenly sucking back

Lonesome blood

I asked love

To end me

Dark shore beckoning

Across brandy dreams

Desire whispers

In craters of anguish

Lanterns flicker

In abandoned white ships

Midnight deeds aroused the cherubs

Burdens churned unspoken sleep

My echoes forgot

Daytime devils dream my soul

Old bones restrain

False needs of love

Lords of vanity beckon

Deeds into stone

Ignorance proud within

Bonds old bones

Speech crashes my throat

Sober acid words

Guide my love up

Out the hot blue veil

Of half-digested empty skies

I myself thin soil

Frigid

I am willing orchids

I am armored

Quivering faces

Half-closed eyes waltz

Innocent birds

Clutching wrinkled

Outstretched

Frail cane hands

Wrinkles slicing bony pate

Pleated gnarly rind

Eyes shuffling decades faint

Mortality’s past my

Suspender stoop

Sneakers wade molasses

Jackhammer testimony

Shakes aching man

Toward another

Sucking razor ledge

precipice

Above nature’s marathon

Perched women poised

Pushed back

Alone

You will laugh through blue smoke hues

I found a memory unused

We spoke promises not truths

Consistency unchallenged

2 MARY MORRIS

Are you what you see?

Can you touch a reflection?

Who is listening?

Dull eyes toil

Down 50 women

Each born tourists

Hands preach plans

Tight jeans’ walk

Gyrates talk

Delicious designer illiterates

Hot arrows out eyes

Poked desire smothered

Smile weak worse advised

Silky tongue mothered

Lady summoned me

Sip poisoned tea

Tempting apples

On her hot kitchen table

Plunging teeth try to bite

Into her perfection

Bursting juice

I enter

Moon touching silky curves

Tingling floats soft fire

Stars crashing hot nerves

Strike long long desire

Beyond sane

Sitting sucking caramel

Rolling dewdrops on her tongue

Bittersweet baby doll

Sinking shadows sugarplum

Fairies twirling under lashes

Dance me to metamorphosis

Fierce hair snapping

Hips mud-brown fling

Silky legs fire dancing

Pagan secrets flare

Gods screaming stare

Diaphanous goddesses

Draping marble bodies

Pull Zeus in

To their catacomb

Osseous Acropolis

Clinging wrinkled wet

Bend Zeus

Expressionless

Love’s callousness

Amidst hidden carnage

Destroyed wisdom

Hammering solitary souls

Into a spaceless station

Of indefatigable enmity

Swallowing blazing stone

Celebrate sin with wine

Man fuse woman flash child

Knee ring wedding enslaved

Quietly trusting lying cheating

Door aha divorce

3 CHILD

Cacti silent hear

Distant promises of rain

This is true praying

Hush

Mom’s breast smells sweet

Sometimes

Chile gonna cry cry

And

I’m your heartbeat

Whispering everything’s alright

Cherubs foretold

Rainbow meadows

Clouds of pear gold

Dear Lord’s way

Calming pure white

Allowed Holy

Evil’s twilight

Mortal play

Look well beyond

The breaking rain

That cloud of fire

Heaven insane

With loud desire

Out to love

Baby watch mother down the charcoal path

Cried love song

Mother smiled dancing to the nearest end

Kept silent music

Dissipating ran

Half-remembered

Careless footprints

Now gone

Infant’s magic dream

Dim soft glow

My child fights

The darkness of freedom once

My words ignite

The soft light of ignorance

4 DEATH

Young Leaves arise through

Litter of fallen Old Leaves

Embrace in passing!

Months burned slowly

In my town

Silence bars me

Out past two o’clock

Invisible

Inside you

Another found

In rain drowned

Breath vanishes thus

Souls lost within vapors

Bide forfeited essence

Their pallbearers sway

Words hopelessly spurning

Death

Surrendered

Cadavers

Rekindling

Death cosmetically at peace

Cushioned beatless soul

Tears in motorcades of grief

Families ominous

Unembalmed rolled

More yet-to-come

Child’s sadness lids this life

Books covered your faith

Lullabies played through your cares

Hope now bears you tears

Praying resounds years of pain.

Bronze melts upon desire

Into fire – and love dies

Self-sacrifice – the spirit

Feverish and mute – yet lies

To shape again the dust

Skies crack

Raven cries

Whales gasping

Salt scraps

Survivors of every desire

Run praying please favor us

To run from heaven

Rain crossed the moon

Crashing long drought

And never found love

Breathless

From stimuli steel-toed

I play the floor cold

Extra harmony up my ear

I will taste decaying tears

Deathless

Remember sweet treason struck angels protected

I am faithless reason whence spirits seize space

For His Holy Anchored Embrace

Before moonbeams

Before god’s despair

God’s newborn mouth

Soundless nowhere

Mothering

Before God’s cry

Murderous from his cloudy chair

Over a cigarette nonchalantly

Staggered his mouth broken apart

Whispering ashes hot against me

We stand together

Frozen waterfalls waiting

For the thaw of death

I now understand

The best haiku I can write

Is the one that says

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PAPA GOOSE – “El Burro Viejo (The Old Burro)”

The Sun

My friend

Returns

Upon

The hill

To lift

The edge

Of night

So tattered by the embers’ flight

The Man

My Friend

Within

His house

Begins

To stir

With song

Alone

So sadness in my ear is sown

My eye

Is filled

The Man

My Friend

Now tithes

My trough

Sweet grain

With hay

Melaza means we work today

A blanket woven by his Wife My Friend

Adorns my saddle where he dare

Bestride me slowly with his beaten heart

And turn as if to cry good-bye

I trot along the Trail My Friend once more

To bear all sorrow down to town

Where we will trade it for a day or so

Of work together dust to dust

The bargain struck by hand to carry goods

Upon my back up there somewhere

Beyond the pass where pumas hide the moon

Machete smiles did slice the price

My hooves the hours mull with dust and salt

That smolder from the pounded ground

The strangers grow impatient with my pace

And tell the Man My Friend to tend

That Trail Of Strangers weighing on my knees

My coffin bones are spears of tears

The Man My Friend with gentle songs beside

My toil he shares with yet regret

Yet steep between the jaws of canyon walls

The waves of rocks in frozen pose

A shadow dances on my bleary eyes

My legs I lose so quit and sit

The angry strangers my existence curse

But flying words can bring no wing

So stones are cast that gouge away my fur

I bray to heaven then cries arise

The Man My Friend between the stones and me

Does intercede and begs my legs

To help me wobble like a foal again

But he is struck by stones and moans

Collapsing with me back into the dust

The strangers leave us there aware

They take our chances with their own and go

The goods upon their shoulders rolled.

The Man My Friend is moving not at all

But grave injustice I defy

To find myself arisen and I bray

I bellow and I scream extreme

Damnation on the wicked strangers’ path

When one returns despising eyes

And draws his gun and fires amiss at me

I kick at rocks that fly awry

To clatter down the narrow canyon walls

He ducks his head his fellows yell

The canyon is an echo cauldron now

I hear a rumble then again

When boulders fall and crush the strangers dead

Manojo de su dinero share

The Man My Friend and I

Viejos juntos

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THE TANGO LESSON

slow

                        slow

                                    fast, fast

            slow

Your heartbeat

Lingers

On my

Fingers.

slow

            slow

                        fast, fast

            slow

Your lips

Spread soft,

Your tongue tastes

Sweet.

slow

            slow

                        fast, fast

            slow

Kisses

Caravan

Goose-bump

Traces

All the way

Down

Your

Oasis.

slow

Oh,

            slow

Oh,

                        fast, fast

Ah, ah,

            slow

Oh,

slow

Oh,

            slow

Oh,

                        fast, fast

Ah, ah,

            slow

Oh,

Velvet

Mask, hard

Lesson

Learn!

Creamy,

Salty,

We both

Churn.

slow

Oh,

            slow

Oh,

                        fast, fast

Ah, ah,

            slow

Oh,

slow

Oh,

faster, faster

Ah, ah, ah, ah

faster, faster

Ah, ah, ah, ah

faster, faster

Ah, ah, ah, ah

Now we

Clatter,

Castanets!

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I REMEMBER TOMORROW

I hear the sweetest voices of my generation,

Beaten into megabytes of bone white pulp,

Exposing your jelly, Sphinx Kitten,

More than that I explored in the open salon, but less than that I confessed,

I, Carla Peon, howling in the alley,

Licked clean your dirty wishes,

Pondering, Kitten, mi Salvadora,

If you recalled if you recalled me,

Who, crouching by your car,

Miles away on the inside ((as always (even now)), shut out the radio of the Regime and listened to the barrio,

Who, watching minorities migrating between the clean corporate cathedrals,

Clamored and dared their children to skateboard on the crystal steps,

Who, leaning up against the brick wall beside the sign Pussy Liquor,

Felt out of place like that Peyote Coyote over there,

Who, prowling in front of Pussy Liquor,

With slow suspicion, rolled eyes over your black ’57 Chevy,

Who, opening your trunk and stowing my groceries,

Looked up for stars that might not exist anymore,

Who, knowing that all this is inevitably predictable and logically typical,

Knew all along that it was not politically correct as it was left to us,

Who, if she quits smoking, gives up coffee, exercises, slows down, understands, forgives, doesn’t care, realizes and follows-through,

Would still howl in the web for you, mi Salvadora,

Who, being born and bred inside this instigated community,

Was never weaned, and was not insured to live,

Who, upon feeling the sky drop hints of rain,

Cracked her face laughing,

Who, with me, as hot as a pizza box in your lap,

Picked cherries in winter,

Who, next morning, while assuring you that you can have your eggs “any style”,

Heard you say that you “didn’t want them that way”,

Who, under sunlight stripped by the wind,

Watched hot snow blowing on the mirror,

Who, eyes crossing to the church below,

Bowed as Peyote Coyote sniffed,

Who, stepping over the unpainted canvases on the floor,

Noticed on the bed, in thread, the eagle and the snake intertwined,

Who, seeing above, jars full of still lifeless brushes,

Knocked on the refrigerator door,

Who, finding Lover’s Nuts,

Ate hot peppers, stale, crusty tortillas, peanut-butter and Miracle Whip, with a can of Ginsberg Beer to wash it all down,

Who, balancing beer on the balcony,

Heard the yowling sirens and the barking horns,

Who, ranting against the failing social railing,

Called to the voices caught in the coal tar creosote of the telephone pole,

Who, seeing water like a green snake undulate down the alley below,

Felt the eagle flee to the back of her mind,

Who, saying Adios on the asphalt prairie,

Kissed your hand, Kitten, mi Salvadora, so warm, but imbedded with long cold nails,

Who, watching me as you drive away in a halo of fast-food wrappers,

Was numb with nostalgia,

Who, remembering that hard way home through my neighborhood,

Was afraid that you, Kitten, might never get away.

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BOLSA CHICA

I drowned again upon my couch
Face down.  I was a floater,
Untidy, above a reef of empty bottles,
Nibbled by dreams
Not about you.

When I awoke I saw you here
Measuring my window for curtains.
“It is your birthday” I heard you say.
I had not seen you
All winter.

You walk me to the beach.
I am unshaven, unclean.
With warm strokes my clothes you keep.
Fingers of the moon reach,
Grasping waves to wash my feet.

And I kneel gasping into the water.
You lead me up to the oasis.
Our tongues together confess.
I entwine you in the salty grass,

Sandpipers
Jab wet burrows
Hungering for morsels of
Secret life.

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THE CATALINA VARIATIONS

LOS CAMBIOS DE CATALINA

UNO
Cita en el aeropuerto:
nuestros corazónes estallan en llamas
que nuestras lenguas no logran apaciguarse.
Una pequeña multitud se reúne.
Alguien se ríe: “Oigan, paguen cuarto!”
Los dos estamos llorando.

DOS
Encuentro en el aeropuerto
Tú encerrada por una guardia de niños
Y el ceño fruncido de tu esposo.
En la Terminal
Me arrodillo ante  mi Reina.
Los dos estamos riendo.

TRES
Te encuentro en Facebook:
¿Por qué no me respondes?
¿Por qué tienes miedo?
¿Crees que soy un payaso?
Se acabó para este Bozo.
El circo ya se fue .

CUATRO
Ver Vanilla Sky.
¿Nos encontraremos otra vez?
En otra vida, como los gatos,
Aquí muere tu amistad,
Y yo también sin ti,
Sin haber sido tocado por tu mano.

CINCO
Yo soy un  viejo
En las colinas de Yucatán
Tú estás soñando conmigo.

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THE CATALINA VARIATIONS

ONE

Meet at the Airport:

Our hearts explode into flame

Our tongues cannot quench.

A small crowd gathers.

Someone laughs “Hey, get a room!”

We both are crying.

TWO

Meet at the Airport:

You have a shield of children

And your husband’s scowl.

At the Terminal

I kneel down before my Queen.

We both are laughing.

THREE

Find you on Facebook:

Why won’t you reply to me?

Why are you afraid?

You think I’m a clown?

It’s ended for this Bozo,

Close this circus down.

FOUR

Watch Vanilla Sky.

In another life as cats,

Will we meet again?

Here your friendship dies,

And so do I without you,

Untouched by your hand.

FIVE

I am an old man

In the hills of Yucatán.

You are dreaming me.

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HAIKU THE SINNER’S HYMN

Great is God, our God,

Greatest of all, Who is our

Greatest Invention.

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HAIKU CONVALESCENT HOME

There’s no more pleasure;

Only easing of the pain.

You’ve surrendered me.

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ONE LAST LEAF IN WINTER SKY

One last leaf in winter sky

Beckoned cold wind, heaven sent.

Naked branches whipped awry,

Bowing down and penitent.

Trembling did they dispossess

At the weeping clouds’ advent.

I was only passing by,

Looking up to acquiesce.

When I could not circumvent

I endured to stay bone dry.

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NOTHING RHYMES WITH MONTH, SILVER, ORANGE, OR PURPLE

In this month of silver rains,

Orange mud from purple hill

Runs the gauntlet to my door

Uncommon, this ill verse pains,

Or angels whimperPlease chill;

Do not taunt, let’s rhyme no more!”

(Yeah, yeah.  I know)

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CRUZAR MI CORAZÓN

Glistening like a pearl above Valentín’s Pizzeria,

The moon is pressing down on young Antonio’s heart marrow.

He bakes for lovers’ tongues, ‘neath the eye of Ave Maria

Glistening like a pearl.

Esmeralda saunters in, dressed to beg for Cupid’s arrow.

She orders pizza from Antonio’s fixated sueña;

Her piercing angel bites hypnotize the young caballero.

Antonio then bakes a gift just for his dulcinea.

She takes the steaming heart-shaped pizza, big as a sombrero,

Glancing back over her shoulder, the white of her sonrisa

Glistening like a pearl.

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PAPA GOOSE – “TWO BLACK SHEEP”

Two Black Sheep in the Valley of the Shadow

Hear the Shepherd call down from the Hill

“Hey, Black Sheep, don’t you know I want to help you,

But you’ve got to help me, if you will:

Got wool?”

“Yes, sir”

“Yes, sir”

“One for the Banker…“

“One for the Banker…“

“One for the Banker…“

“One for the Banker…“

“One for the Banker…“

“One for the Banker…“

“Six bags full.”

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HAIKU LE SACRÉ BLEU

I have examined

A life not worth the living.

What now, Socrates?

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HAIKU THE LOVE ZOMBIE

Exhume me no more.

I am yet undead to you,

With a zombie love.

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THE GRASSHOPPER IN WINTER

In all the facets of his eyes, with Meadow of the Valley burning green,

Shined rolling colors up and down the hillside petted by the wind.

Galahad the Grasshopper did thus not need to dream,

Offering to Aesop Ant, in passing, morsels of a leaf that he did love,

From high atop the towering weed, from where his heart did leap,

Called Galahad to him below, “Hey, can you stop, Aesop, my friend, and watch the spring in beauty burn?”

Aesop Ant replied, “Well, meadows do that sort of thing”, and tilting head from toil’s burn,

“You will find the Meadow is not always green,

And what is real is dreadful preparation.  Somehow does the worst upon us always leap.”

Appalled at Aesop’s rude philosophy, cried Galahad into the wind:

“What of Love?”

Aesop Ant just smiled and waved good-bye, “Good luck with Love, a Dream.”

A shadow fell on Galahad, and startled him from Aesop’s troubling Dream;

Above him saw a Butterfly alight upon the flower, wings a prism interceding for the sunlight’s burn.

“Sorry to disturb your dreaming.  I am Bethanie.”  She sipped the flower she did love.

“I am Galahad.  It is a lovely day.” His armor never shone before so green.

And Bethanie enjoined, “I hid when I was just a silly little caterpillar, dreaming of the wind.

But now I raise my wings to me and into beauty soon shall leap!”

Into every facet of his eyes did Bethanie’s true beauty leap.

Galahad did nod with every movement of her wings, to hear as if he did thus deeply dream:

“But now is time to drink the world and spill no drop into the wind.”

Then suddenly was Galahad no longer happy; something in his eyes did burn.

Added Bethanie, “But, you are welcome to accompany my journey high above the green.”

Galahad restrained himself from leaping then and there, while saying “That, I would be sure to love.”

“Can you stay apace with me?” asked Bethanie, “No matter what you love?”

Galahad without restraint said, “Yes, I can.  For I can glide the farthest of them all after I leap.”

“Then let us go while sun still shines and all the grass is green.”

Away from Galahad she fluttered like a dream.

Galahad leapt to the sky, and spread his wings to glide; to leap and glide until his legs did burn.

Down the valley to unseen horizon blew the wind.

Galahad did slowly fall apace, and finally descry not Bethanie in bygone wind.

Heart of his, a beating compass, blindly pointed love

Until the sun of that first day was no more seen to burn,

And from behind, a full moon crouched and into stars did leap.

Galahad now found himself beside a tiny creek that fell into a sandy pool, inviting him to dream.

Wearily he nibbled on a leaf, and heavy was his armor, fading green.

Far away, a Cricket choir chirping helped his spirit into slumber leap,

Rekindling desire, cherishing an unforgotten Dream.

Something cold did his way whisper, withering that Dream so green.

Waking up most suddenly from all he thought were memories still green

Galahad felt fiercely cold and bitten by the wind.

In all the facets of his eyes were tears that froze that former Dream

Of springtime months ago; Of Love.

Winter cold was gnawing now upon his heart, to death if he away could no more leap.

Beyond the gloaming garden, thence he knew not when he fell, he smelled a farmhouse fire burn.

Shivering, an ember in his heart did once more flare and burn,

Shining in all facets of his eyes, again so brightly green.

A leap

Into the wind,

Gliding for his unseen Love

With their waiting Dream,

Narrowly ajar, an open window, shining bright, perchance another dream,

Through which Galahad could see a lusty fire burn,

Embracing in the fireplace a sweet dry branch with love.

And near the windowsill in colored lights bestrewn, there stood a Christmas tree still green.

Galahad nudged through the open window, as it kept at bay the wind,

To the Christmas tree then did he leap.

Sailing to the crowning star where with that faithful leap,

Galahad, now warm beside a golden light that shined just like his Dream,

Without the wolfish winter wind,

Within him fever still did burn,

Glowing tarnished armor green.

Thus did he believe delirium brought Bethanie, in visions of his Love.

Galahad was sure that now he truly saw his Love;

All the facets of his eyes across the room did leap

Above the mantle, on the wall, inside a frame of green,

Where Bethanie, transfixed as mid-flight in a dream,

Held her wings outstretched, where interceding shadows race and burn,

Everlasting in a chambered replica of wind.

Then Galahad in flashing horror saw a pin was driven through her back, to hold her in imaginary wind.

He cried out as he leapt across the void to be beside his Love.

Tapping frantically on glass reflections in which shadows race and burn,

Slipped and fell he to the hearth.  In paralyzed despair he watched for an eternity the hellish fire leap

Until the flames revealed his fate inside a final Dream.

Into the glowing ashes dipped he tattered wings that once were green.

With wings of fire, back up to the crucifixion chamber’s frame of green

Galahad did leap his last, to lie with Bethanie and immolate his Dream.

The mingled smoke did through the open window toward unseen horizon leap.

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SHABBY SANTA 1


 

THE BALLAD OF HARRY PALMS

His life was sweet no more because

His job two years ago

Was lost in economic storm.

Now, he was out of dough.

The winter came to reap his shame,

Unwelcome as he was,

Within his daughter’s basement, where

“Apply for Santa Claus”,

His daughter and her boyfriend gnawed,

“You’ve got to pay some rent!”

“But, we are Jewish!” Harry kvetched.

Yet up the stairs he went

Into the hall and out the door.

The blizzard was a shock.

The once and future Harry Palms

Behind him heard the lock.

His breath condensed into his beard,

His cheeks with cold did burn.

He got onboard the empty bus

Some money for to earn.

He got out at the Shopping Mall;

The stores so gaily lit.

Before he could apply himself

He had to give a shit.

Beside the bathroom stalls he stopped

And saw two men a’kissing.

He grabbed their collars, banged their heads.

They beat him.  Teeth a’missing,

Still Harry Palms had got the job

Of Santa Claus, First Shift.

“I guess my life is now complete”.

His pride he had to sift,

Like cat-box turds, beside his bed,

The night he set the clock

For five AM to catch the bus.

He couldn’t find his cock.

As Santa Claus he did preside

Above the World Toy™ scenes

For Children of Jerusalem,

Sponsored by Marines.

All day long the shoppers climbed

To leave their gifts of toys

And sit their children on his lap.

He almost lost his poise

When three young Persian girls appeared

In line to visit him

Dressed like ornaments with jewels

And voices like a hymn.

“I am Sofa Kush” one spoke

“And these, my sisters, be

Avesta and Daeva”.  Wise

Beyond her beauty she

Was dressed in gold, Avesta white,

And Daeva shaped in red.

The three of them leaned to his ears

And this is what they said:

Daeva: “Listen closely now,

To warn you we have come”.

Avesta: “Toys you gather here

Will harm Jerusalem”.

Said Sofa: “It’s the TNA”.

But Harry looked bemused.

“The Terror Net Alliances.

And we three stand accused

Of being traitors to our lords;

Mawlas, to whom we’re wives,

Will surely stone us three to death.

We offer you our lives:

Please help us save Jerusalem.

Allah’ cannot want this:

There are the toys that will explode

And open the Abyss.”

Poor Harry sat there so confused

Because their Sirens’ voice

Had spun enchanting arabesque

That left him with no choice

But to believe them; was he nuts?

They clearly were afraid

Of something that was going down

That wasn’t a charade.

He turned to find the host Marine

Did have his weapon drawn

And pointed at his geezer brains.

The three young girls were gone.

The mothers screamed and children ran

In chaos so appalling

The soldier had to drop his gun;

The Christmas Tree was falling

Onto his head.  The needles rained

And stuck him in the eyes.

He fell down to his knees and screamed

Vile curses to incise

Whoever had pushed o’er the Tree.

He swore in Farsi tongue

To cut the heart of those who laughed:

Three Persian girls so young

They could not hide their merry laugh,

For they had done the deed

To no Marine: a terrorist

Who thought he could mislead.

Poor Harry Palms had tumbled back

And fallen from the lair

Of Santa Claus, onto the floor,

At circling stars to stare.

“You must arise and follow us”,

He heard the Angel say.

She looked a lot like Sofa Kush

And so he did obey.

Into the Manger Scene they fled

And lifted Baby Jesus.

A trap-door opened at their feet,

So down there Harry squeezes.

Below, past tense and present fear

A tunnel lead them out

The Service Exit Door.  The girls

The parking lot did scout

As if they knew what should be, they

The World Toy™ truck did see

Without a guard nearby.  Not luck:

Avesta had the key.

So off they went with reckless speed.

On, Daeva! Sofa Kush!

Avesta! And on, Harry Palms,

But watch your sorry tush!

“Where do we go?” did Harry cry.

He saw they were pursued

By someone in a Cadillac.

He was not in the mood!

His basement room seemed pretty good,

Retreating in his mind.

If he could just get out of this

He nevermore would find

A fault within his broken life.

It always can be worse!

To Harry, like the Bible’s Job,

Jehovah seemed adverse,

Because just then they overturned

The World Toy™ truck and smashed

Right through the lobby, where the staff

Of Trumpet Towers dashed.

A shroud of smoke concealed the four,

Untangled from debris.

Avesta, Daeva, Sofa Kush,

And Harry all did flee

Into the elevator car,

Penthouse Floor they keyed

To where the Persian girls did live.

It cost not chicken feed.

But suddenly their motion stopped,

The elevator dead

One floor below the penthouse suite.

They exited instead

And ran into the studio

Of KABL Radio.

The three girls knew the DJ well.

The DJ exhaled, “Whoa!”.

Kid KABL Rock, as he was known,

Did listen to the girls

As he stared at Santa Claus,

His stoner mind in whorls.

He locked-up tight the studio

In record time, for then

Upon the door fell pounding fists

Of several angry men.

Kid KABL Rock was monitoring

The evening TV news

That pictured Harry (Santa Claus)

“Police uncovered clues

That Santa Claus had helpers who

Conspired to steal each toy

Donated for Jerusalem

Baseerah, Hebrew, Goy.”

The World Toy™ lawyers fed the news

And Sofa Kush just knew

They had to broadcast their own side

To rescue what was true.

Kid KABL Rock was ‘way ahead

And sat down at the mike

To spread the “Siege of Santa Claus”

Which children wouldn’t like.

The children listened everywhere

To hear their hero speak.

Kid KABL Rock laid down the scene

And it was getting bleak:

“Our door those men are battering down,

With force to hit home-runs.”

Kid KABL Rock beseeched the kids

To get their parent’s guns.

“Come up to Trumpet Towers, all!

To station KABL Rock!

Help us to save Santa Claus!”

He rallied them ad hoc.

Avesta cried “Time’s running out!”

But Daeva had a scheme,

“If Kid can hack the broadcast net

We can send a beam

That reaches to Jerusalem

Before they land those toys.”

Kid KABL Rock was on the case;

“His talent he employs”,

Said Sofa Kush, “to hack for fun

The broadcast net before.”

Avesta held a cell-phone high,

“I took my husband’s phone.

It has the code to detonate

The high-explosive bombs,

Before the children have to die

And grief consume their moms.”

But Harry saw the door give-in

And shatter to the floor

As men crashed through and aimed their guns

Upon the other four.

What happened next was like dream

As Harry leapt between

The gunmen and the other four,

Screaming, so obscene,

As bullets patted Harry Palms,

And so did Santa slay,

Avesta plugged the cell-phone in

Where Kid KABL did say,

As Sofa Kush a doll did throw

Toward a gunman’s face,

Avesta pushed the icon dial

And blew the coup de grace,

So fire ate alive those men

And ruptured in the lobby.

The plane above Jerusalem

Was hailing Abu Dhabi,

When in a super-nova blast

It blew to smithereens

And starred above, just like all those

Nativity night scenes.

© Based on an inebriated conversation with my brother Grant while in a Fresno bar on our way up to Yosemite to hike.

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VISIONS OF THE GONE

Into the party, as I gravitate

To the rugs, a couple says hello;

Bob and Cinda, fisherman and mate,

I kid you not.  Bob rolls a joint real slow

From crumbled, sticky, bud de México.

He passes it.  I take a hit and blow

The rolling smoke aside and then I cough

That I’m a grad student, and I know

Marine Biology.  But, I’m off

For this semester and I’ll tell my prof

That I will make it up.  (I know he’ll scoff.)

Oh, yeah.  So what?  The job market’s a trough.

Then Cinda rises up above the cloud

Of smoke where I am playing Philosophe.

She saunters to the kitchen where its loud

With jabber bent by turning heads; the crowd

Has eyes that open wide and then beshroud

Her brown hair and the soft and whispered smile

As Cinda navigates politely proud

In blue-jeans and a blouse that suit her style.

She opens the refrigerator while

The guys make faces like a crocodile.

So meanwhile, back upon the Persian rugs,

My words are flying out so infantile

That Bob just smiles so wryly thin and tugs

The whiskers of his beard, and then he shrugs

To Cinda who is coming back with hugs.

I tell them of my odyssey today:

Across the campus students swarm like bugs

To Science and Humanities’ display:

Cadaver Woman, naked, leaden-gray

Like plastic.  Lying on a tray,

 

Her heart is poked apart for hours there;

Formaldehyde perfume my nose unplugs;

As tan young girls in flowered dresses stare

With green-eyed souls and chew their long blonde hair.

Of all things, then, a bomb threat stops the fair.

But, how I got to Steven’s party here

I can’t remember, so I’ll never care.

Near Muckenthaler Ridge it all comes clear;

The laughing, music, and the clinking beer.

So Mo, and me, and Dobzhansky appear.

And there is Steven, girl upon his knee,

Inside his house.  We cross the wild frontier

Where we and all the co-eds will run free,

Debate abortion, and Society,

And watch for willing lovers, constantly.

I realize it’s past too-late o’clock

When Bob and Cinda rise and draw for me

A map to where their boat is at the dock:

286-G, the limit of the block

On Island Terminal.  No need to knock!

Near where the tuna catch is being canned,

Their blue Volkswagen van they park and lock.

Their boat of 38-odd feet is manned

By just a seal who hears us coming and

Abandons ship, deserting out of hand.

We climb below the deck, all single file.

Therein, the cluttered narrows take command.

Inside the cubby-kitchen cooking aisle

Is Bob, who’s boiling coffee grounds awhile,

Then pours it for us, sipping with a smile,

As Cinda plays for me a cassette tape

Of Beach Boy songs, all that she could compile,

My eyelids slowly drooping like a cape,

I hum with “Sail On, Sailor” to escape

The buzz from beer and smoke and get in shape

With all the coffee, dark as prophesy,

That I can hold.  I feel the coffee scrape.

Then Cinda plucks a book to show to me:

Another Road-Side (what?) Attraction (see?).

“It’s by Tom Robbins and its great”, says she.

Beside the nook where Cinda and I sit,

Bob is standing.  Both of them agree

That Disco is a platter full of shit,

And yet I argue Bee Gees now have hit

Arrangements showing cleverness and wit.

While tugging at his beard, Bob starts to grin

Real wryly.  As he listens to my skit

I know he thinks that Disco is a sin

And disregards my thesis.  I can’t win.

I change the subject, finally.  Wherein

I tell them that I like their fishing boat.

I ask them how they wound-up fishermen.

As Cinda rolls a joint, Bob clears his throat:

“Oh, I was in the Army to promote

Nguyen Van Thieu and keep his shit afloat.”

“Commanding men is mostly giving them

Activities.  (Do not give them a vote.)

Without a mission, men will cause mayhem.

One night we cruise the Province of Quáng Nam

And bullets rain a hundred RPM.”

Bob’s lips lock on the joint, and he inhales:

“A round has blown away this guy’s brainstem.

We find a bunker, running down the trails;

My men dive in and then the light impales

My eyes.  A booby-trap the bunker now unveils.”

“My men are all bomb-fragments in the wall.”

He holds his reminiscence, then exhales.

But silence is concrete between us all

As skeletons of memories start to crawl

With yellow bones.  In blood they scratch and scrawl.

He starts again, “I was discharged and got

An office job with music in the hall.

And there it was that Cinda and I caught

The sight of one another.  She was not

Unhappily divorced.  And, we both thought

That working for somebody else did suck.

Together we would have a better shot

At being happy.  So we planned our luck:

We didn’t let our spending run amuk.

I saved my pay; she sold her pick-up truck.”

“We bought this fishing boat.  It was a deal

So far away from working for a buck.

And here’s a picture of it taken real

Soon after Cinda listened my spiel

To say our boat would have her name reveal

That Cinda, in bold letters clearly drawn,

Would have no sadness to conceal.

We have our own contentment from now on,

Awakening together with the dawn,

Horizon all around, the land foregone,

The water’s edge is all that lies out there,

Where fathoms stand on soil, down thereon.

But you had better know how to repair

An engine.  Mend it ‘cause there is no spare.

Convenience like an Auto Club is rare.”

“For weeks to us no vengeful God displays,

Yet, though we live a dream of laissez faire,

The Mafia, at most ports, always pays,

But haggle not with what they do appraise,

For your catch.  Going elsewhere can take days.”

“We shop over the side for most our food.

It comes to us.  We still need culture’s ways

For beer and stuff to burn that suits our mood.”

Another fisherman comes to collude

Onboard with us, with wine, and I conclude:

These sailors (and that sailoress) will wait

For no excuse: no drink will they exclude.

“’Cause what’s the use?” says Jimmy. “To first mate,

The Cinda.”  Boyish face cannot negate

He’s captain of the Zeppelin, sedate

For such a big guy.  We four celebrate,

As we are tethered there against the tide.

“Just listen”, Cinda says.  Our words abate

And I can hear the mussel shells outside,

That cling onto the hull and congregate:

They’re clicking, snapping, drinking until late.

Our bottoms up above them share their fate.

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THE REVEREND O.L. DUCK SONGBOOK, VOL. II

What is the Present but the Future Past?

Reverend O.L. Duck

NATIVE CHILD

Moon Stream, can I row my dream

Where a sea bird flies?

Captain Breeze showing all the trees

Where freedom lies.

Sailor Shell, I can hear so well

The song inside.

[CHORUS]

I’m as light as a lover’s sigh.

I’m as free as a native child.

There’s nothin’ gonna leave me dry.

I’m gonna sail away on your smile.

Stars rise like the fireflies

Who saw high noon,

Unplanned, while a Southern band

Strummed a lazy tune,

On deck in the driftin’ wreck

Of a Tear Tycoon.

LORDY, LORDY

Everything I own is attached

And hung right all the time.

Good for lovin’, that’s how I hatched.

Since when is that a crime?

Big girls fit in little tales.

I warn ‘em but it always fails.

[CHORUS]

Lordy, Lordy, I won’t be long.

Just keep your motor runnin’.

Don’t let it stall.

Get it on, hard to the floor!

If you keep pullin’ over

Love will be gone.

I thought about takin’ you back, but

My love is such a short ride.

Look both ways down the track.

Problems come from both sides.

Two sides can make a one-way street:

Two sides who know not to meet.

THE PEOPLE WE WRITE

Oh, the people we wrong

And write to while we’re falling asleep at night.

I got your letter the other day

And I had to laugh at your paragraph

The thought behind it wasn’t clear

Because the tear caught upon it made a smear.

We used to scheme and find

We lost an awful lot of loose and spare time.

Wherever we went, sparks drew tears.

Like victims allied we had to decide:

If we needed that then we’re destroyed,

And nothing is something to avoid.

But our love grew stronger and it evolved

And ate only the people who were involved.

© 1974 Zelmo Mutz Publishing

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Katmancross Agency, WI

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O.L. DUCK clay bust

TRAVIS HAS COME

Travis has come.

Some say he’s a bum.

White is his hat.

That’s enough of that.

Travis likes beer.

None have we here.

Soon he’ll be a Dad.

That is not so bad.

What did you expect?

Travis had come.

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PIC FOR RONCHO ELEGY

ELEGY FOR OUR CAT RONCHO

November 20, 1980

We love you.

That will never pass

Though all else seems to end.

Hey, fuzzy guy,

We love you.

You are still

Our little friend.

This morning was clear and bright

But it was not right.

The warm sun was out of place

Because you hid your sweet face

Beneath the garden

Where you would play

And capture butterflies

On their way,

Or touch the water

Against your fears.

We wish you were here now

To touch our tears.

Last night

With the moon so nearly full

We let you rest

Forever

On my shirt

While your sister played

Unafraid

In the open dirt.

We held a simple light

And stroked your pretty fur.

You were so peacefully with us

We wondered where you were.

You even had your sleepy smile

As we scratched your little cheek.

The sorrow fell

In shovelfuls

And buried us complete.

We love you.

That is never good-bye.

We love you,

We love you,

We love you,

She and I.

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THE REVEREND O.L. DUCK SONGBOOK, VOL. I

If you are not going anywhere, you might as well do it some other place.

– Reverend O.L. Duck

WE’D ALWAYS BE THAT WAY

We never thought about tomorrow.

We couldn’t care if it got lost along the way.

We never heard about those headlines.

We were young and thought we’d always be that way.

Flying kites or playing soldier

We always had a different game for every day.

We never died we just go older.

We found, my friends, that is very hard to play.

CHORUS

I don’t know why we ever let them take it

When we could have had it all.

I don’t know if we’re even going to make it.

And we could have had it all

I had a dream about tomorrow.

I thought I saw the friends I’d left along the way.

They asked me why we all seemed strangers

And I tried but there was nothing I could say.

It seems to me we’ve all been taken.

I wouldn’t tell you what I traded for my soul.

We only hear about the headlines

Now that growing older is our goal.

IMAGE IN MY WINDOW

Image in my window.

I still see you leaving.

What could I have said, though,

If I had been here?

Oh, I didn’t know

You needed me.

Looking through my mirror

I wish I could die.

Could it be any clearer

Than the tear in my eye?

Oh, I didn’t know

You needed me.

Silhouettes in hallways.

Your voice at the door.

I always had you my way

But I can’t anymore.

Oh, I didn’t know

That I needed you.

JULY MORNING

July morning on the town

Cat-curled people sleeping.

Children in another room

Hiding what they’re seeking.

Stars rolled wearily down the hill.

Promises they carried.

The year after high-school went so fast,

And now I hear you’re married.

CHORUS:

What’s the use in hangin’ on

When its all been done?

Dreams are made for starting new days

This one’s just begun.

Sunshine cavalry from the East

You saved my cornered smile.

There’s a feeling that I get:

Life is still worthwhile.

Love comes easily like a breeze

It finds you anyway.

There’s no vacancy for the past.

It’s a brand new day.

© 1974 Zelmo Mutz Publishing

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Katmancross Agency, WI

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HAIKU THE THOUGHT LEADER

Thought Leader teaches

Tunes to whistle in the dark.

Turn up the TV!

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HAIKU THE SPIDER

I see your Beauty:

Raindrops in your Spider’s web.

Flies ask who is wise.

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RABBIT, MONKEY, AND LITTLE GIRL

Rabbit read the news about Winter Vegetables

Monkey climbed on the back of Rabbit’s chair

Monkey said “What can we do today, Rabbit?”

Rabbit said “It is cold.  It might rain.”

Monkey hung upside down from the back of Rabbit’s chair.

Monkey said to Rabbit “It is all in how you look at it.”

Rabbit used his long ears to tickle Monkey.

Rabbit said “Do you mean that if I stand on my head the rain will rise?”

Monkey laughed and fell and rolled under the chair.

Just then Little Girl came into the room.

Rabbit and Monkey did not move.

Little Girl spoke “Oh, you fell again you bad Monkey.  I’m going to spank you for your own good.”

When Little Girl bent over to pick up Monkey, Monkey jumped up and pushed Little Girl over.

Monkey pulled Little Girl’s dress up over her head.

The dress muffled Little girl’s screams.

Monkey said “little Girl, you don’t know what you do to me when you spank me!”

Rabbit cried “What are you doing, Monkey?  We are only Little Girl’s toys.

Monkey said “Yes.  Of course.  So who will believe Little Girl’s story if we have our fun?”

Rabbit trembled.  “Yes, Monkey.  I guess you are right.”

Rabbit hopped down from the chair and climbed on top of Little Girl.

Monkey held Little Girl’s arms.  Monkey said “Isn’t this better than anything we had planned?”

The very next morning Monkey and Rabbit were outside in the trash waiting to be burned with all the other garbage.

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THE WEDDING OF GRANT AND MICHELLE

Grant and Michelle

Who is great?  Who is like God

Binding together vapor and ashes

Through unfathomed bold embraces,

Holding them dear, and gathering faces,

Gesturing hearts and sealing affection?

Michell, listen

His promises will be heard.

Proclaim futures without fail, here and now!

Resplendent beauty, sight-unseen,

Avows boastful spirits when they convene

Inside chapels.  Perish your doubts within.

Grant, now confide your faith in each other,

Sharing a secret long ago spoken:

Only death remains unbroken,

Put yourselves back together with loved ones.

They are great.  They are like God,

Grant and Michelle.

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REQUIEM FOR THOSE WE SHELTER

  1. Entrance

Welcome to the Exit doorway.

Walk along beside the cages,

Smell the fear and see our victims.

Innocent in age and purpose.

Grant to them a Rest Eternal.

On them shine the Light Unending.

  1. Kyrie, Cage 141

Kyrie, press against the cage bars.

Press a knife into my heartache.

Scalding tears condense in silence.

Burning prayers ignite my stone tongue.

Hear my prayer, Oh, Lord, I beg you

Please, to spare them, Source of Mercy.

III.                Christe, Cage 149

Christe, you are glad to see me.

Never judging what I won’t do.

Softly do you call so sweetly.

Grant to me your absolution.

Day of wrath, day of anger

To The Judge all flesh will cometh.

  1. Sequence

What did you do but be born free?

Always there must be a payment.

All things closely are accounted.

Money is the social scaffold.

Law is just the social plumber

Hooking pipes up to the sewer.

God has granted my dominion.

I decree your lives are over.

On the day of Retribution,

Please don’t leave my soul in ashes.

  1. Miraculous Trumpet

Drums of death the truck is loading.

We can sell your flesh for dog food.

Truth proclaimed is like a trumpet.

What was hidden is revealed now.

Feasts of Sacrifice we purchase

At the market for our puppy.

Honk our horn at every stray cat.

All that freedom is disturbing.

Hear my prayer.  To You all flesh comes.

Who shall intercede for me, Lord?

  1. Great King

I Creation’s Crown have tarnished.

Putting price on every Creature.

All my prayers remain unworthy.

Please, Lord, spare me, Source of Mercy.

VII.              Remember

I would rather be forgotten.

Severed from my own remembrance.

Dowse the shameful embers in me.

Arrogant, I kneel before you.

Faint and weary You have sought me,

My salvation caused your suffering,

VIII.            Wicked Silence

Close my mouth and hear my heatbeat.

Unavenged will nothing left be.

  1. Crying

Can I stand the constant barking

As I pass between the cages?

I to whom they still are loyal,

Can I give them understanding?

From their ashes, fertilizer.

Put it in my pretty garden.

Where my puppy digs the flowers

Looking for the bones I buried.

Hear my prayer, Oh, Lord, I beg you

Please, to spare them, Source of Mercy.

  1. Offerings

Blood and ash upon the altar.

Smash apart the dove piñata.

Little treasure liberated.

Liberate the faithful souls, Lord,

Lest they fall into the darkness.

Pain of hell have we created.

  1. Sacrificial Victims

Picnic with the wine and breadsticks.

We are not the savage Mayans.

Slit the throat and drink the blood warm.

Euthanize my guilty conscience.

Take from us these sacrifices,

Made to no one and for nothing.

XII.              Lamb of God

How for us did God the Lamb serve?

Lamb Chops, Stew, Eggplant Lasagna?

Curry, Rack, With Spinach Stuffing?

Shanks, With Artichoke Risoto?

Lamb of God my sins you carry,

Unto Heaven, shall I worry?

XIII.            Communion

Little boys are made of puppies.

Little girls are made of kitties.

Death Row Saints are made of grownups.

Merciful, You are in Silence.

Could you not give Word to Justice?

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Dr. Seuss and Dos Equis

This Cinco de Mayo my Silvia strays

Far into the moonlit alleyways

Guided by a cold beer,

Belching Holy Shakespeare.

Marinated eyes boldly blaze

Into sonnets when she plays

Her words beheaded where teeth meet:

“I know that Shakespeare’s one to beat.”

“But in my room what can I learn?

That flowers bloom and candles burn?

That Ronald Reagan’s on TV

Still with his monkey (you or me?).”

“Did Joan of Arc iron her clothes?

And bound by books do you suppose

That its likely I would find

Decent answers?  Any kind?”

Our mouths are full of Fritos and Cheetos,

And just for a change, Nacho Doritos,

While sucking down a Coke and brew.

When we get lucky, Ganjah, too.

So all our hours slip away,

But nothing ever seems to stay.

I know that more of your Superior

Is guaranteed to make us cheerier.

Come on and open-up another brew!

And while you’re at it can you make it two?

To night-time hours, admission-free,

My Cinco de Mayo, here’s to Thee!

“For dinner later, you and I

Can dine on my tamale pie.

Then for dessert, I promise we share

A luscious, sticky Gummy Bear.”

She licks the onion, bites the worm,

And fondles fire to make it squirm!

I ask that she should hold it down

Before the cops can come around.

She takes the law into her hand

To frisk the verse and, worse, to rhyme unplanned:

“Come on, you pussy!

Look at me.

Where is your sense

Of decadence?”

With lip-lashing, sweat-smashing gladness

We part and merge in madness.

A siren sounds!  Clutching our clothes,

We steal away, to limp repose.

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ODE TO A CIGARETTE

OWED TO A CIGARETTE

Apart from you I would not want to walk

Outside the walls of that old factory.

Unwrapped from oath to sacred shopworn talk,

I break beneath this Eucalyptus tree.

I hold you to my lips in flagrant ways.

I draw you to my heart as I recall

A high-school dance and breathless summer days

When getting laid (yes, not laid-off) was all.

Lay brothers and lay sisters gather now

With us below the flight and cry of birds

To conjure flame, to contemplate, to bow

And fume about our foreman’s fabled words.

I clench the steady temper they might use:

Consider you downsizing like a fuse.

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LIVING IT DOWN

See? I know!  I told you so: Self-reliance.

Maybe living out of this car is alright

Just as long as both of us get sleep this night.

Our alliance

Like warm breath inside of our car condenses

As the night surrounding us freezes one inch

Higher than our habitat.  Struggling, I cinch

All my senses

Eating cold fried French-cut potatoes plus cream.

Was I always out-of-it?  Giving someone

All my time and someone else every hard won

Claim to my dream?

In the hour before dawn, with my goblins

I steal silver shamefully from the newsstand.

With it we have just enough bait and both land

Egg McMuffins

That we eat in just three bites.  Then we eddy

To the bathrooms.  Fumbling with the water

Rubbing soap onto my beard, starting slaughter,

Hands unsteady

With the old disposable razor I kept.

We drank all that bottle of Nyquil last night

Fifty-proof cold medicine outshines Bud Lite.

You and I slept.

Still our heads are really numb.  Was it worth it?

Wine’s not cheaper.  Harder to fit my jacket.

So to steal it isn’t as smooth a racket.

Holy horseshit!

Toilet paper!  Don’t forget that again, please.

You can stuff it into your purse for later.

I am not an underwear cultivator.

Facing stories

In the mirror, taking a last look feeling

Far away from everything that I still see

Widely split.  I can’t get around it in me

Double-dealing

All that we believed-in is gone into haze.

One year this day (am I again to be old?)

Our fish market had to be closed and then sold.

Recall replays:

Kissing you upon the full moon

(You were just the sweetest sixteen).

Bumping heads the very next day.

(Thoughts of mine were really obscene).

Getting that new job on the First

(In the month of no Halloween).

Hurt my head again two more times

(Somehow, somewhere there in-between).

Tea I drank and poetry thought.

(Even now who knows what I mean?).

In the meantime:

Pardon me for day-dreaming in this bathroom

While you open alleyway doors and break-out

In those red marks over your face as I doubt,

Like a bridegroom,

Waking up from everything he knew better,

Asking himself “Can it be eating too well

Is the thing that’s making her stomach out-swell

That loose sweater?”

As you stumble up against that last frontier

Slumping back and sliding-on down to cold ground

Eyes closed, laughing “Since I am clearly earth-bound

I’ll wait right here.”

Hope you hear that cop stopping in his rover

Kneeling so you focus on him saluting.

Please hear “Madam President, no disputing:

Fun is over.”

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HAIKU THE CAT

Two sparrows squabble,

While the cat glides in shadows,

On their day’s decline.

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OLLA PODRIDA

His remains am I: thrusted discharge,

dismissed during his licentious tempest.

Longview, Texas, he departs at large

(evanescent love compels unrest);

fleece-line boots, unfettered, disappearing,

settle a DNA test.

Buried dream in her am I, still adhering

unrefined in mean lodging; faithfully

colonizing her hysteria.  Endearing,

vainly imitating tales of chivalry,

inarticulate sobs explode romance,

falling from allegiance, cataclysmically.

Dr. Bergen vetoes my immature glance

out of pelvis, into basin, skull a broken frame.

Pricked asunder under that clinical lance

I subside into silence and sink beneath shame.

Bottom line: at the brink of life insurance surcharge

I am making final payment and adjusting claim.

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Kenny In The Crosswinds

The Crosswinds ‘a bar and a cowboy shrine

Down on Commonwealth Avenue, due West,

Across from the Fullerton Airport sign.

Watch for Pintos and Cadillac classics.

Bring ID if you look under thirty.

A Bar-B-Q smokes right inside the bar

Next to booths and a stage and a dance floor

And she will be there, all alone so far

Glimpsing all of the drinkers and dancers.

Mostly she will be staring at Kenny

Of Kenny C. Pride and the Country Wide,

Up on stage with his eyes in the shadow

That falls from his black hat, a bona fide

Stetson.  Smiling and fiddling while he’s

Singing “Could I have loved you forever?”

A barmaid goes up on her rendezvous,

Smiling, placing a note in his pocket.

He grins, “A request that I can’t refuse.”

“Now we’d sure like to bring up our good friend,

Teddy Bear, who will sing a few with us.”

A bear-sized young man bearing side-burned jowls

Climbs up lumbering with his own fiddle.

He bows to the band then he grins and growls

“Hey, y’all, why don’t’cha just grab a ‘C’ chord!

See if y’all can hold on!” (Man he’s wailing!)

And then she’s beside you and wants to dance.

Even if she is older than you are,

Who cares?  Don’t her white lace and tight black pants

Git along with a long little doggie?

Say a prayer ‘cause you care for the prairie!

“A double-time Two-Step back-Left, back-Right.”

“Horse…!” Kick! “Shit!” Kick!  And “Chicken..!” Kick! “Shit!” Kick!

“I hug pretty girls in the pale moonlight,

What do y’all think  of Teddy Bear so far?”

“Bull…!” Kick! “Shit!” Kick!  And Left-back and Right-back.

Well, shit, howdy! Kenny is in your space.

Now he’s taking her off of the dance floor.

He talks at her close to her pouting face,

Pointing right at you.  How do you feel now?

Just like horse shit, chicken shit, and bull shit.

She points to the pocket the barmaid touched,

Then she snatches that barmaid’s note.

He snatches it back and he keeps it clutched,

Pointing right in her face with his finger.

Now she strolls to the bar and she sits down.

She’ll order a Screw Driver.  That is planned.

Kenny Pride will be back in the stage-light.

“Unless I am wrong we’re the only band

Playing here at The Crosswinds except on

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday.”

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Where the Hours Clanged and Fell

I hear a church bell summon the temporal

Above aspiring blades of grass.

A canorous cloak of charming syllable

Descends to gather us en masse.

And as the lawn-mower’s final pass

Disturbs the moment, time will tell,

With whispers from the hourglass,

Where the hours clanged and fell.

Disgorges the church bell so ineffable

Extolling what the din devours.

A neighbor passes with a Bible,

Rebounding from the earthen powers.

A haggard bee still haunts the flowers

As if a question to dispel

By hovering in this yard of ours

Where the hours clanged and fell.

That bell outranking from its pinnacle

The proud, rebellious, vain bright sky.

Appealing to the commonly sensible

By hear-say so to prophesy.

The game is interrupted by

Commercials trying to outsell

The other deals that justify

Where the hours clanged and fell.

So deep down into ink on pages

The Sunday Paper headlines yell,

Alarming us as history rages

Where the hours clanged and fell.

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GABRIELLA

I’m on the midnight bus

To Los Angeles,

Gabriella,

I wrote a bad check

For my ticket, but what the heck?

Gabriella,

Could a fellow tell you more?

I’ll be there soon,

Riding near a full moon,

Knowing that I can’t stay,

Seeing you just one whole day.

Gabriella,

I could land in jail!

A bandit needs the anonymity

Of living in the city.

The sky is clay, the street is grey

Outside the bus station at the start of day.

Watching all the selves unfold,

Hearing the woman, who spat,

“Fuck you.  I speak Spanish.

Watch your language!”, and like that.

To the astonished couple in blue

Who hold between themselves a suitcase or two.

She’s crazy say their eyes,

Rising above their dirty shirts

And the young man kneeling with his guitar

And the Navy nurses running for the buses

And the streets a taxi couldn’t find.

Welcome to this world of mine.

For a dollar you can park.

Gabriella,

You arrive like a smile into my face,

And we breakfast on the swaying pier.

We eat for $1.33 here.

Then two beers and some pool.

The surf is fair, but you’re a fool

To go out with so many surfers there.

Gabriella,

Both of us could just grin-and-bear

Surrounded by all these banks

While the bankers jog

And the fog is still in the air

And in my head.

133 Long Beach Boulevard,

Do you think that things are getting hard

Or hardly getting on at all?

Gabriella,

Not even you, my friend,

Will tell me in the end.

No matter how I spend my daily life away.

So I leave you by the moon’s eclipse.

And at 3 AM, when Orion arises, back home

The wind is warmer than your lips’ consent.

Things that never happened make me sigh.

Now is the hot morning of my discontent

And not a friend has stopped-by.

“Gabriella!”

I cry.

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