This is the end of all poetry

 
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Butcher in a white apron

 on a loading dock out back

smoking a cigarette  

~

Just as the artist

must uncover the subconscious

by continually practicing form

until it isn't a form

but a thought a breath a feeling

so must the writer with words

~

My children

So kind in my transgressions

so forgiving me of me in my fault

Asking me above all else

"dad

can we have special time?"

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Homeless man dodges us

on the crosswalk

hunter orange stocking cap

ducked against the cold

 

Its our date night

~

(Walking by the Spokesman Review Factory at Night)

Death inhabits this place

just like back in seattle

when i did the early AM paper route

and young Jared my fellow and friend

he killed himself out of the blue

I can still see his face so clearly

he is smiling

~

she is like

a white flower

that grows amidst the wheat

smoking it makes you weak

~

(Walking the trail at The Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge)

The light here is like

the dawn of a heaven to come

never changing  

The children run on up ahead  

it doesn’t get dark until after we leave

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o god

be merciful to me

a pollock picasso

jumble of a man

i have no theology  

that cannot be thusly summed  

~

who can truly know god?

then practice self rebelllion

and kill the idol of the self

in this he is there

~

Moses smote the rock

and water flowed forth

just like my brow

bleeding into my hair

that one time on main street

 when I was sucker punched  

It all started with a bang

~

(Cosmic Love)

you come to me in pictures

that I cannot

must not describe

so then let us look upon our children

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mom slipped on the ice and broke her wrist

our 11 year old daughter helped her write thank you notes

I borrowed the Toa of Ching from my dad

It makes no sense

and yet it makes all sense

i try to say it plainly

but the form is only breathing

so i let it go

dad -

this is the end of all poetry  

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beggar on the corner

will you accept my gift?

I have only music

I'd roll down the window to give it to you

but I am afraid you'd expect change

~

 

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