Lines to Live by: (An End < An Eternity)
Fortune comes and goes like fire.
But it is mine I’ll have always.
In the night when the warmth is calming,
And the notes flow like syrup,
It reminds me of all the ways to Uptown.
I wear a sad face to calm friends,
I feign hurt and stay wakeful.
Downstream is the algorithm,
When the ferry goes, I don’t sink.
I write code to remake days.
Forever before forever after
Was I ever here? History’s a thought.
And though this I should know I am struck by
Timelessness in my mood, in the blood in me.
The change is mine and ubiquitous;
Then, so far in. Now, in orbit amazed.
Nothing can be said of anything now.
To ponder a micron in Appalachia,
But a space and time precious to me.
A Matter of Taste
I was there in a chateau and its bevy of rooms.
I, invited. I symbiont in the darkest room
Who made his way under town into
A subterranean glow factory,
In which I, for minutes, spoke to her, a worker.
Of all things, I did speak: of saliency,
Of the market and love, altruism.
And she confessed she had seen the town,
Mired in gloom, awakened. But wind
as such lifted her light hair up there
In the streets above, and I was nowhere at once,
Letting her know in modulated whispers
It was her not I who I valued.
Take it Slow
Though joy is sparse,
And we volley notes on notes,
You can only love the ebb.
My brother the moon.
I can’t speak of us in those terms,
Us finite. God, the fear of not knowing.
God, the unknown, like forever times everything.
It never ends, no way.
And look at you, shifting it all to you
And your time here in our town in my arms
Watching the lights go ‘til the stars brighten.
So abused and sick, you dealt pain like hearts in spades.
You coddled and flogged the whipping boy.
The hurt won’t heal you.
Given or felt, it won’t bring you back to life.
The Captain’s Dream
Limbs and thickets hide its face in the midst.
In the underbrush, a clearing, an auteur’s hut.
Moths and thin legged pests dot its doors.
A spearhead, a man made vessel points to space.
In each quarter, space for one lit by bulb and sun.
Her voice soars like flock, low then high.
A bridge sublime, a chorus lifts off.
It sings to other worlds of pain and loss,
A life formed, a beauty innate and real.
And time, now and tomorrow collide in mind
And body. Its dense fuselage sways,
And wings hum against a passing sky.
In each window, kaleidoscopic hues, eclipsed
In part by a slim dark emblem, glow on open texts.
Thrusts rumble. A whirring rhythmic tongue chants.
In shaken metal and foam, the pilot’s pew,
The heights of us, the caliph and the captain’s dream.
A spell supreme devours us whole.
Something else is here. I want it to know I see.