Sunday, January 29, 2023

Curtains In Cosmopolitan Santorini

What a buzz, folks!
The winning entry in this year’s Aegean 
Art Imitating Nature category is. . . . . . . . . . .
 . . . . . . .Ms Phyllophila Ephemera’s totally 
Captivating and stunningly uncommon 
Recherché design depicting congeries 
Of local Musca domestica strikingly executed
On an arresting white background! 


Monday, January 23, 2023

Soundbite In The Dead Of Winter

A rose 
                    I know Gertrude 
                    Needed it 
                    Said four times but 
                    Nonetheless this deep
Is a rose 
                    Red one by it- 
                    Self in 
                    A wide-mouthed shining sky- 
                    Blue vase on my desk plainly 
Is a rose 
                    Doesn’t need her repeating 
                    Herself one bit.


Doggerel: Much After Diogenes

Dogs love barking 
At strangers, mutts 
Like you, too.


Saturday, January 21, 2023

Stoic Poetic Law Of Diminishing Returns

A Greek poet* and very 
Accomplished one at that, 
Once said poetry is 
Rooted in the human breath, 
And added—as an afterthought, 
Probably—what would we do if 
That breath should ever diminish? 
And in the same spirit elsewhere, 
Quoted another poet, a German** 
Well on his way to Elysium, 
Who asked what is the use 
Of poets in a mean-spirited time? 
I don’t know 
About you but as one 
Who has accomplished precious 
Little in a vast field overrun 
By well-meaning but unfortunate 
Unacknowledged go-getters 
Sinking in despair, I think 
We could all use a well-earned 
Breather and leave it at that, 
Buoyant and resting at last 
In those fertile, mythic, ever green 
Grasses waiting cross the river, 
The slightest distance just 
Over there


Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Tenure Any Minute Now, Prof

When you think 
All those pesky bugs in your system 
Have finally been worked out, 
Done with and swept clearly 
Under the rug gracing your spotless 
Private study, and your smug 
Smiling mug looks content 
As all get-out, remember to remain 
Vigilant for any loose nuts 
That might still be underfoot 
Quivering, poised to bolt 
Out the door the minute 
You drop your guard. 


Sunday, January 15, 2023

Taking Stock Of One's Self

—for Eleni, priceless as ever 

Yes, surely that is 
The only exchange 
Of goods worth keeping— 
Find the ones who truly love you, 
Love them selfsame in turn and never 
Give them away. 


Wednesday, January 11, 2023

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