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Weather Or Know

WEATHER OR KNOW

Hard rains sweep by
Rinse soiled streets clean
Brief respite though
Hark, the next deluge
Of turbid effluence
Generously gifted
By the thoughtless

Slumbering in simplicity
No fearful encounters
In radiant solitude
Wherein to acknowledge
Realisation’s spiky burdens
And consoling gifts
Onward, onward, comrades

To oblivion
And no beyond
Hooves strike faster now
Valley of death looms
Engorging black hole
Rolling thunder clap
Hard rains sweep by

No encore

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An Odd Coincidence

AN ODD COINCIDENCE

R E P starts both
Republican and reptile
Just saying that’s all
We don’t create destiny
Just observe its unfolding

Poker

POKER

The future, unborn
Promises pain and pleasure
We shuffle and deal

Messengers We

MESSENGERS WE

Believing
We
Are at the helm

Is
After all
Laughable

More important we observe
And absorb
Then pass on as appropriate

Bum Rap

BUM RAP

Love gets such bad press
But mainly because the word
Has been raped again

Alas – A Villanelle (Reposted)

ALAS: A VILLANELLE*

Alas, I bring no stardust home tonight.
The sky is overcast and all is maya,
For I confess I see no hope in sight;

Where once each daybreak promised fresh delight
We only found that time had proved a liar.
Alas, I bring no stardust home tonight.

These poor neglected coals cast little light,
So place another log upon the fire,
For I confess I see no hope in sight.

The wind is chill and bitter; hold me tight
And stoke the fire till the flames climb higher.
Alas, I bring no stardust home tonight.

Let’s not apportion blame or rue what might.
How can we but accept the trundling gyre?
For I confess I see no hope in sight.

In impasse let us yet remain polite;
Offer comfort, even as our dreams expire.
Alas, I bring no stardust home tonight,
For I confess I see no hope in sight.

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* http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5796

The Weight

THE WEIGHT

So many questions
In our lives sit unanswered
We shrug our shoulders

Alas – A Villanelle*

ALAS: A VILLANELLE*

Alas, I bring no stardust home tonight.
The sky is overcast and all is maya,
For I confess I see no hope in sight;

Where once each daybreak promised fresh delight
We only found that time had proved a liar.
Alas, I bring no stardust home tonight.

These poor neglected coals cast little light,
So place another log upon the fire,
For I confess I see no hope in sight.

The wind is chill and bitter; hold me tight
And stoke the fire till the flames climb higher.
Alas, I bring no stardust home tonight.

Let’s not apportion blame or rue what might.
How can we but accept the trundling gyre?
For I confess I see no hope in sight.

In impasse let us yet remain polite;
Offer comfort, even as our dreams expire.
Alas, I bring no stardust home tonight,
For I confess I see no hope in sight.

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* http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5796

Slide Show

SLIDE SHOW

Times change
Come what may

Not always for the better
But then again you must agree
It’s not always for the worse either

We try to keep our minds and hearts open
Do the best we can in the light of our understanding

The Waiting Room

THE WAITING ROOM

Woke once again this morning, no change
Same room, same walls, same four walls
Same momentary solitary disorientation
Then focus, first foot forward, and smile
What time, what day, what year are we?

What to say, left naught beyond words
Tread Krapp’s purblind path perhaps
Born alone while waiting to die alone
With dalliances in between admittedly
And yet … Sure you too will remember

Leaf through discarded glossy magazines
Not truly envious, cognizing cost involved
Contented in remaining without satiety
A background character, a walk-on part
A few of us may still remember Rimbaud

His successes, his failures, his disasters
His triumphs, his innovations, his disdain
And Beckett, the exile, the willful outcast
Who called the Nobel Prize “a catastrophe”
Thank God I’ll never be suffering that at least

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You may find it worthwhile to check out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrK6sjOq3MI

https://www.msu.edu/~sullivan/BeckettKrapp.html

and

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Beckett#Later_life_and_death.

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