Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Powerless Valentine

I found something I needed
And not five minutes later
I lost something I loved
Memory’s handing-off of
One thing with another
There’s peace for a moment
In the letting go of the power
To affect any particular outcome
All words are stolen
From the original mouth
As great destinies are spawned
Wondering at our littleness
Our need to be carried along
Our need to die
On the earth we love

Monday, July 17, 2017

All Sevens Valentine

We have our thinking
To understand our feelings
And our feelings to understand
Our desires but none can
Rule alone or gang-up
On the weaker
Thinking decides
If the goal be worthy
While feelings prepare
To throw caution
Out the window
So in the end
The will is all

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Gambit’s Valentine

An alternative explanation
For life and the cosmic order
Has grown up in our world
That seeks to reclaim the spirit
Living in all bodies
That we have forgotten
Conveniently enough about
Like the power of the passivity
Of the king revealed
As just another man
A little cornered
And what follows
Just another game
But where’s the next chess
That must follow the king’s loss
The equality of all the players
Working as one kingship

On the Road to the Sea Valentine

It’s true I would have
Wanted to touch your body
To put my hands into
The hot coals of your hands
To feel your arms around me
And mine around you
I would have wanted
To have that dinner with you
The one you promised me
When we were children
Where we could catch up
On all things personal
And universal

Heaven’s Interview #2 Valentine

Called back for a second
Closer look this time
In a comfortable room
Where I could unwind
Until the interviewer boomed
What is the last
Amazing thing
You saw or thought
What’s your experience
Working with despair
How many years
Did it take you
To get past the surface
Describe what you remember
Of the physical world
In a hundred words or less
Yes we’ll get back to you



Friday, July 14, 2017

Clean Valentine

The holy art of cleaning
Is hard to master
The first to be postponed
Until looms the disaster
Like washing the feet
Of the physical world
On a regular basis
She lived upon her knees
Leaving behind an immaculate
Journey of floors and stairs
Awaiting laughter and tears
And fed four children
In her own swept home
Taught the fine art of dusting
Performed every day
Moving death out of the way

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Son’s Valentine

In the museum of my feelings
There’s a zoo in the basement
Where the will is divided
Into several cages some
Luxuriously furnished
To maintain sufficient
Levels of distraction from
The disdainful thoughts
Living upstairs period pieces
Tastefully combined with
Modern paintings and things
Carefully passed down I try
To open a window on envy
But there are none down here
Sooner or later the will
Will have to be invited up
Acknowledged as the secret heir
And the heart’s true son

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Heaven’s Interview Valentine

I did get an interview
But I didn’t get the job
I was put in a room
With a bearded questionnaire
Playing devil’s advocate
Trying to explain
How an honest face
Can be a way of hiding a beard
I know it’s really confusing
I forgot why I was there
And what job I could possibly
Be applying for
When the salary’s so low
And all the benefits so future

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Floater’s Valentine

I watch the cat
The way I watch
The world or the way
I watch this floater
In my eye suddenly
It rises to the zenith
Then drifts off north
I start to watch
My watching
That little black boat
Dashing over the ocean
Of my eye or hovering
Seed-like before
It falls to earth
What the cat can’t get through
She leaps over

Monday, July 3, 2017

U. S. Valentine

Buy that PVC valve today
Or whatever it was you said
To assure adequate
Transmission of fluids
Have that right eye lasered
And drive home with blurred
But increased consciousness
Don’t forget the two Cornish hens
And to peel and pit the plums
To be assembled around them
Feast for our one day of rest
To celebrate our liberty
Not our liberties which proliferate
But our freedom from kings
And the royalty of money
Which lasted about five minutes

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Leaping Valentine

We have to push back
Against one another
We’ve been doing it
From the beginning
But now we’ll only find
The way ahead
If we work together
Like the cat and I
Watching the hummingbird
But not for long
The cat’s also considering
That barking down the street
A bundle of anxieties and leaps
It’s getting so warm
Birds melt into the air
Even before they fly
Out of sight