State of the Union

The people’s tyrant

doubles the people’s hatred;

his will to power

the people’s triumph.

Easy to say, but something

has been lost in surd

self-circling. Recall

the silence through which the name-

less one reaches us.



my daily portion, flaneur

of neat gardens and

miles of chain-linked fence.

I pass the occasional

black who waves back to

the white guy who walks

everywhere.  If, as I believe,

flesh is the threshold

of wording, we are

already about to speak.

And sometimes we do.

A Political Poem

On a cold bright day

in Spring it doesn’t take much

to let hope take root

in my mind such is

its appetite for the good.

Which is not to say

the new Tyrant has

not already claimed Spring one

of his new reforms.

To do my part I

will let hope become a poem

charged with indifference.


Temporary digs–

are all digs temporal?  Time

passes, we pass, truth

passes through open

places we consider home.

We see it then not.

We move on, the urge

communicated by the gods

that live in the light.

Fog and Flesh

Heavy fog, clamor

of crows somewhere in the trees

overhead, my bench

empty and waiting

for my backside.  Life is good.

Flesh, however worn,

locates, along with

others, the absent-minded

self, in the middle

of a foggy day,

a murder of crows above,

the bright void below..

Boy Alone

A slow walk within

reach of the Pacific–

I was quite young then–

a stony ridge, host

to poppies in Spring but I

preferred the winter’s

salty mist. Not will

(reading Jeffers), willingness

to step or sit down.