Cat Love
Apr08

Cat Love

Nobody loves you and nobody can love you. It’s simply not the case that somebody else can slather love on and around you like butter, and you are incased in it. However, you can love and feel love about another and they can feel the same around the topic of you. So when I say I love you (and I do by the way) what I am really saying is that I feel love around you, I am filled with love because of you and I am in love, my own love, due...

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Message to poets
Feb08

Message to poets

I have nothing to say to you But know that  I don’t have to say it because you are already in touch with nothing. Since it seems that nothing is the message in almost every poem —the deep, silent, full nothing that is at the basis of everything— You are not my audience (what can I tell you?) It’s for others who think they can’t write a poem but can read and be reminded of nothing, in the middle of a busy day, and in that silence,...

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Christian Q and A
Jun26

Christian Q and A

The questions and answers at the far end of the 50th high school reunion dinner table with the missionary’s missionary and his wife my schoolmate. Were you an early Christian or did you find it later? Early, both early don’t you remember we were in 8th grade Bible study and I carried my Bible on top of my books? Are you still a believer (some people turn their backs on God)? I don’t know how you can undo that deal with it’s special...

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The Lab School, 1968
Jun25

The Lab School, 1968

Gathered to guidance by Hutcheson, Helff, Holmberg, Happ, Harper, Hale, Riechmann, Butzier, Struble, Aldrich, Vanderbeek, Mazula and Mahon, all the names, of teachers, looking out at little faces wondering, what can these children become? All of us, side by side, year after simple year in the 1950’s, then Sixties Marilyn Monroe, Rosemary Clooney, Howdy Doody, Elvis, Poodle Skirts, rattail combs, letter jackets, greasers, the long walk...

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The Grand Canyon, for Risë
Feb17

The Grand Canyon, for Risë

It may seem surprising but when I got this house I didn’t know it was right next to the Grand Canyon I got here at night, after long travel in other states and other stories and this was to be my last stop It was only some years later that I learned that this house is right by the Grand Canyon I walked out back one day and what started out as a sort of crack of light when I got closer turned out to be a deep silence, with eons...

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In the parking lot
Jan04

In the parking lot

In the parking lot, in the car, watching and waiting for Johan after the band concert The kids spilled out over the practice soccer field Steam blowing off the engines after Too much time squirming still I can’t take him home yet since This is a lot more fun than the last two hours He spent with beginner trombones and trumpets It’s a mix of kickers and passers And someone’s little brother making goals Through pretended opposition And...

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