Monday, January 25, 2016

In Praise of Ephemera


There are only so many things 
Indolent ones can do in a day— 
If they take their sweet time 
And knock them off one at a time, 
They may last a lifetime. 





Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Injunction


When you have at last acquired 
All your heart desires, pray 
Do not come to me offering nothing 
Save your heart on your sleeve. 





Saturday, January 16, 2016

No Bed of Roses


Each morning I ask myself if I’m awake, 
And each night I lie in bed sleeping on it. 


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Ultimate Notebook Poem


Try to write down everything 
You see—not enough time? 
 . 

Write down all that 
You can remember 
 . 

And then try 
To remember what 


You forgot—no need 
To write it all down 


The first time round 
Or the second 
 . 

Or the third 
And so on 


Ad infinitum— 
It’ll all come back 


To you when you see 
Everything becoming 


A blank in due time
Next time round.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Seeing is Believing


It’s true, Narcissus— 
Even the reeds up- 
Right in the water look 
To be bending over 
For a closer look; 
But look again— 
Is it going 
To be the same 
Stream tomorrow? 





Sunday, January 3, 2016

Driven Senseless by Pro Aris Et Focis



This solid citizen heeded the hallowed 
Call of the strait and narrow once 
Too often and ended up crazed 

And racing like a rat down a maze 
Of cheesy halls straight up against 
One hollow wall after another. 





Friday, January 1, 2016

In Lieu of a New Year's Poem


Oh, dear— 

Hard to find 
Something new 

To write about 
Each coming year 

When it grows old and dear 
And goes before you 

Come to know it, dear. 


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