Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Old Country Vignette, 1947

The big brother, next 
To the father, leaving 
The village for the new 
World, turning round, 
His arms outstretched, 
Crying out to the younger 
Standing motionless 
Next to the mother: Baby, 
Baby brother, why 
Won’t you fit into my pocket?


Friday, July 23, 2021

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Unutterable Poetic Aural Disorder

Dear distinguished post- 
Modern colleagues—shout 
This dictum conundrum out 
Loud and clear 
If you can 
Hear it— 
Beyond silence there 
Can be no absence 
Of silence to speak of, 
Once the listener listening 
For the sound of his own 
Voice in the wilderness, 
Finally discovers 
It’s long gone over the hill, 
Taking his person with him. 

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Emendating Diogenes The Dog

Who was said 
To have said so downright
Astutely all men think
But for some baffling 
Reason forgot to add 
Most of the time they
Just sit broodingly
Back on their haunches
And do nothing
But think they think.



Thursday, July 8, 2021

Medium Of Augury

Some will 
Tell you your future 
By reading your palm, 
Others by perusing 
The intricate 
Patterns left in the dregs 
Of a demitasse that has been 
Turned upside-down 
And righted again, still 
Others will insist 
On a close examination 
Of the entrails 
Of some slaughtered 
Hapless animal, whatever 
Your choice choose wisely, 
And with plenty of foresight,
As you have only one life to lose— 
Don’t waste it. 


Sunday, July 4, 2021

Well-Addressed Aporia Of The Disenchanted Man

Bah, absolute 
Humbug I say—why 
Do we call it 
A brand-new day 
When there’s nothing 
New under the sun,
And hand-me-down
Habits continue 
To wear us away?


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