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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Deeper Earth

Fourteen miles off road, due West,
the horizon bleeds an oil slick
that stretches out for miles like a song
that you can't quite chase from your brain
where your feet melt like glass through your boot soles
and fallen men beg for water or death-

In that dense gnawed up bit of sand
too dry to recall rain,
you left behind a single bit of silver that wormed
loose from your dusty pocket
a narrow hole that your hand had worked
in search of matches and a lone cigarette-

You've come to love twilight
in her cool, dark robes
that pour to the ground like your sorrow
for a mother that never needed and
father that never loved or even remotely understood
a colt-legged boy who'd find his own way-

Across the wind warped territory, in the small space
between here and there
you've dragged your fingers through deeper earth
a resting place, a womb for bleached bones
the low restless hum that never was,
that never existed anywhere but in your skull-

Miles and years from here, like age
that cuts the corner of your eyes to slits
makes no promises to those without spines
bites like lead scathes the flesh
is a face that no tree will shade or hand hold down
that no looming ghost dare cross-

Monday, August 29, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

#2233        20110806

Hearing laughter and
       light happy conversation
Joyous free movements
Breaking the morning stillness
       in the town center
The smells of croissants,
       bubbling mash
       in the local brewery and
       coffee roasting
as I pass through the well tended landscape
On a sunny day.
Reflecting on
Healthy tax paying citizens
As a priority.
The value of achieving:
       fewer major illnesses
       and hospital and emergency room visits
       less obesity, malnutrition,
       homelessness, violence,
       more sustainable wage jobs,
       better education,
       and a healthier environment.
We can develop a sense of harmony and well-being;
Voting for Gross National Happiness is not magic.