Everything’s just wonderful

 

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Unsullied

 

You want to ask people sometimes

Where does it come from?

This infallible knowledge

Which allows you to judge the way

Others live their lives

What deep wisdom do you draw upon?

That gives you such insight

Such certainty

Do you ever question your own opinions?

Or are you beyond the limits of introspection?

Could it be you just know?

Even that which you don’t

Or is the reality much simpler?

Your way

Or the highway.

 

 

Words and image are my own.

 

©2019

 

 

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Intricate song’s lost measure

 

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Odd choices

 

They built a brutalist monstrosity

On top of Hilda Doolittle’s house

I don’t know why they did that

Just couldn’t help themselves

I suppose

 

We can be careless that way with treasures

Always putting tomorrow

Ahead of yesterday

Today, her house is underneath City Hall but then

Aren’t we all?

 

What remains of Hilda lays

In an unassuming grave

I must assume

 

I searched but couldn’t find it among the obelisks

And laurels

A sign of healthy humility

Don’t you think?

 

Dear H.D. made it just a short distance up the street

In which she was born

(Via New York, London, Paris, Zurich)

Now her ashes are up on Nisky Hill

Seashells of appreciation placed on her headstone

Or, so, I’m told

 

In the end, the poet came home

To a place she’d long left behind

Nestled in the soil of memory

Looking down on old familiar views

O little town of Bethlehem.

 

She could see her house from there

If she weren’t in an urn

And they hadn’t built a brutalist monstrosity on top of it.

 

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Words and images are my own.

 

©2019

 

Hilda Doolittle

 

 

Telling lies

 

Madness

 

Falling dreams

 

At that hanging point

Where it all seems doomed to slide

Rushing down towards dark water

Like some clifftop house into the Pacific

Someone turns on the light

And you find yourself dazzled

Realising your dream was telling lies

And the cliff was sound after all

 

The sheets are a tangle

Your chest damp and heaving

But you lie there in your sweat-sodden bed

And thank god you’re not falling.

 

 

Words and image are my own.

 

©2019

Lost for words

 

The poet of fractious things

 

George  Faludy

He, now dead, who

Was once more living

Than most

Tasted ideology

And found it too bitter

Sunk supine instead

Into his flesh

Ate life and spat words

Fucked women

And just one man

For the sake of asymmetry

 

His deep well never

Ran dry

His boredom with boorishness

Never divorced him

In gulag or salon

(He knew both intimately)

The driest thing was his wit

The sharpest his tongue

And in any language

His substance was the same

In the face of dogma

“What have we done to ourselves?”

“To what end?”

 

 

 

Words are my own.

 

©2019

 

 

Fish are Jumpin’

 

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Chasing rainbows

Took dog down by the lake
Where the trout jump
When you’re not looking
Tried to catch ’em mid-flight
But when I looked left
They jumped right

Tricky little fishes
Leaving dog unimpressed
Too busy with the dragonflies
To get his paws wet.

 

Words and image are my own.

 

©2019

Ain’t necessarily so

 

 

A fine fellow she was

 

So

Did you hear about Pulaski?

He

May have been a she

The father becomes a

Mother

That dashing, tragic warrior

For whom we named a Highway

In the sky

Shows us that understanding can

Be subverted

And that history

Is not a dead language

General Pulaski

Mother of the American cavalry.

 

 

 

You can read about this interesting development at

NJ.COM

 

 

 

The humbling river

 

 

I’m quite pleased to be able to tell you all that my poem, Beneath is to be published next month in the New Jersey Bards North West Poetry Review. This will be the first time one of my pieces has appeared in print but I’m hoping it will not be the last.

Thank you to all of you who have read and commented on my poetry over the past several years, your feedback and support continue to be greatly appreciated.