The Mundane, Sublime and Fantastical: 165 New Poems (106-110)

2014-08-02 20.54.12


How shall I hold you

you who is not my mother’s child or my own?

We have no shared blood

you are not my kin

there is no reason for me

to hold on to you

die for you

kill for you

make breakfast for you on Thursday morning

& yet I fold you into myself

like a signature beyond script


2014-08-03 11.18.32


You pointing at the stars & me at you

like stars we’re made of nothing

& headed to nothing

but the journey through

to this the most sublime of moments


Is this what it means to be a star?


Here is our fondest path yet

you pointing at the stars

& me at you pointing at the stars

evolution & revolution


You’re complete, you said this morning

you’re complete

but we’re flaming out, we’re flaming out


Is this what it is to belong in the country of stars?

2014-08-04 16.58.39


I have forgotten which lines I whispered to which love

Some lovely phrases borrowed from conversations in the breeze

Solemn words, heavy with heartbreak or history

Lightness, lightness, light

Words like giggles

Words like songs
Allow me to rephrase then

What I’ve told all of them:

It’s you, just you, only ever you


2014-08-02 20.25.13


A dialogue meets a woman on a bench across the street from the coffee shop

she’s white, blonde


cell phoned


twenty minutes later

a man returns

but she’s gone already


Same dialogue meets him at that bench scross the street from the coffee shop

he’s First nations


drumming, drumming

an upturned cap on the ground in front of him

there are a few coins in it, or not

he sings where she had been speaking

into satellites stringed across sky


a dialogue meets the man

who drums out the din in the coffee shop across the street

where young hipster laptopped people socialize

with the background of rabid metal music behind them


2014-08-04 15.47.32


we climb together

you hand firmly on my arm

come, let’s go

iridescent blue across obsidian

& after all that riding

after sweat

come, let’s go again