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                        Sleeping in

Once upon a little time
when the world was white as snow
I tarried in my morning bed
as there was much to do, to know.

I answered God with an angry heart;
he did not know what to say.
I carried his will within my apple
cart, and there it is
to this very day.

O the winds of time worried me not!
I could not really decide the decisions
could not untie the withering knot

this faded blot

that upon my life did lay.
Were they stains in the wind
to show where something was and now
was not?

So once again here and once again there
I’ll go with you, thus
in the morning perhaps
another worded entry will lie with me

for help for love
of break of day.


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                        Odysseus home


Athena,
once again approaching home I am busy
composing a lyric poem in the classic style,
journeymen shout me to me and then forget to count fathoms as
we watch your shores approaching.

Twelve journeys I make it since we left the honeycomb coast
you call home and i can’t see any more for all the days spent
gazing along sun bleached horizons looking for you,
driving forward before me promises like a mission.
Twelve attempts, twelve hasty returns

to the receiving room to whisper my own version in an ear so experienced
that I can’t even begin to tell the story for you,
and I think this much you must learn for yourself:
all that passes here is tantamount

to love.



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old man in the train-car
singing backward to his youth
he got caught

they had no use
for one such as him


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there is no snow
on the mountain this year
to take away my sadness



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sanction roared my
morning sky open
so: siren turned
to sun

burn



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In dawn of all morning lights, just
before awareness crept in
you; just, just there

before, right
before all possibilities you had ever dreamed could
illuminate hope and despair—
laid in the immediately momentary blink of the day’s

sedentary

glimpses, what,
what what what

what,

did you experience?


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wed me to life, voice of my end
bring me a candle to die in the wind
i cannot see the train on the track

cannot build this house on my back.
it triumphed, it liquefied
the

sapped crown blood in tree light
frozen town.

and if with every when i try again
to season invisible hate, violence seeps

some
way into every space what
then?

i am telling you self
same people sangha, road tried
animal sangha of my brain:

            i love the wandering of words on the page
            i love age of life
            i love discovery

o dance of death
which is the dance

of possibility:

            when you call i don’t want you
            when i can’t marry a way forward

            i do



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