jealousy has eyes, especially at dawn
(it gets so you can't notice anymore.)
hunger's started living outside the stomach,
but the townspeople won't say where.
last night someone showed you
how the planets continue on
in their repeating orbits
not because of some subservience
to the so-called laws of gravity,
but simply out of fear
(just don't ask him how he knows this.)
~Saltine Sea - 11/00
than it is
and has always
for your now
nature, as it is called, has
never been less
than clear with us.
~Longport, New Jersey - 2/18/08
~Brian W. Aldiss
Your simple, sturdy branches
between scratched legs and
bare feet once transformed
a simple boy into
of jungles, oceans, deserts, mountains -
so many that I believed
your powers were endless,
and were mine.
Just a boy, we are always being reminded.
Just a boy, we are constantly being told.
But you let me have it, for as long as I wanted,
in whatever way I could imagine,
as long as I stayed within your budding grasp.
I have come back to this backyard,
these woods, and I am
so tired from living with the brutality of the decorated world, though I know it is my place, and I must return.
You stand here dying, my old friend,
on this February morning,
in snow falling too soft and meaningless
to ever stick.
You stand here dying, you son of a bitch,
and it's only a matter of time now
as I sit
leaning my back against
your hollowed trunk
lean against me,
that I could take the weight,
let alone yours.
If I could, maybe for a moment,
we could make each other young,
strong and fearless against all comers,
while laughing at these seasons,
the way we once did
Dresher, PA - 2/9/08
-Larry McMurtry "Crazy Horse"