If you are creative

If you are creative you’re never alone: your drive to create has a mind of its own. You’re bound to its service & soon you learn well: you put it to work or it makes your life hell. * Image: Salvador Dali

where you draw the line

how soon does a womb fill with child? depends where you draw the line. how high up the ladder should you climb? depends where you draw the line. what’s work & what’s play on the sabbath day? depends where you draw the line. how much shit will you take before you die? depends where you […]

like father, like son

like father, like son, you’re destined to see insight blunted by blind scrutiny & innocence deformed by violent hate & beauty overwhelmed by spectacle & conscience crying out against its fate & Mary ridiculed by Jezebel & straightforward direction made obscure & power-hunger crippling strength, & pure & simple truth labeled stupidity: like father, like son, […]

Rapunzel and the Mime

there was a solitary mime who built a tall, tall tower. he chiseled it 1 block at a time, polishing for hours. if you chanced to wander by as he worked (so intimately) you couldn’t help but wonder why his busy hands looked empty, shaping thin air with a craftsman’s care. one day a solitary […]

i’m not a necrophiliac

i’m not a necrophiliac, but nearly— i’m turned on not by corpses & cadavers but dead minds whose ideas still survive, whose old insights still penetrate clearly & light the way my living self now travels, directing me where to go, what to strive for, how to push forward through tragedy— their force flows through […]

Sun worship

in antiquity, the sun was said to be a god (shaped like a man) who ran all day, cooled his burning feet in the western sea & came home with his rays docile & dim to his beloved, waiting there for him. he’d give her anything in his peerless power, which is what turned their […]

sonnet for a visionary

my love, your genius is hosted in you like a parasite, a demon, an ancient ghost haunting your wanting eyes—how those little windows burn with the immense, intense intelligence inside! what i’d give to set foot in that cathedral, to behold the hoard of treasure being held there hostage by the fire-breathing monster whose lair […]

wisdom

wisdom is moderation of all things: to neither be a puppet nor pull strings, to lead with strength but not an iron fist, to smartly borrow from but not consist of lessons learned in lifetimes besides yours, to seize the day while still doing your chores & take action, but give in when you’re wrong. […]

foreplay:

one day maybe i’ll understand beginning before beginning— today i have no discipline

sonnet for a drummer

i think Time itself understands the commands of your quivering twin wands; you shape Now as it passes your hands infinitely docile, resembling strong youth, infancy & age with equal grace— some rhythms are warlike, some fight for peace, right foot runs straight while the left syncopates, teasing timelessness out between beats. where is your […]

i persephone

i persephone though living wander in death’s shade along the sidewalk by day the moon raising her sickle overhead reminds me monthly of the bloody dead bodies who have carpeted battlegrounds for generations laying their lives down for the next generation & i am a fly on the wall who will die with all she […]

evolutionary

i picture the evolutionary march from primates to homo sapiens & stand in awe. i don’t need to carry around the whole Origin of Species, our genesis painstakingly described— it’s a living truth, this instinctive contest of minds that made sure we survived; it’s in us all, in the nucleotides that combine our twin helixes; […]

when i think about the Tao Te Ching

when i think about the Tao Te Ching (though thoughts about it tend to distance it) i fear the utter speechlessness it brings; i dread being alone to witness it when the universe of all things profound pours out its annihilating secrets; i’m scared of being infinitely drowned in that vacuum where no light or […]

all the great Masters recommend restraint

all the great Masters recommend restraint of thought, word, action & initiative: always be ready to respond, but wait for the right time to strike. how do they live so disciplined, their only time around more competent than others, but less proud? as a dam may serve to irrigate the land & pens pinpoint the […]

i realized if i could only love

i realized if i could only love a tiny bit more deeply than i’d grieve in the extreme worst case, i’d be above petty paranoias that you might leave & free to love you with such abandon! the problem is that even bottomless love can never swallow up grief’s canyon. like balanced scales, grief is […]

a mental illness

a mental illness is a paradox: addiction is the habit of chaos; delusion is falsehood made orthodox; OCD is unrelenting will turned on its master, forcing him to stand still & the noonday demon i know firsthand perversely makes life’s lovers lust for death. in every case, elusive mental health skips teasingly ahead, just out […]

how to write two poems

How to write one poem start with vivid, ballooning, colorful visuals that bring daydreams of childhood out to play. celebrate the wonderful carefreedom of your clear-minded reader.           catching him midair, feel his weight thump your chest & answer it with a push back to the sky                           now, with his legs straight out, let him relish […]

sleep to your heart’s content

sleep to your heart’s content, delinquent Muse, with every sugar daddy who can buy you; ogle any oligarch you choose, give sloppy seconds to the little guy & make babies with Satan, if you must— don’t wait to sate your promiscuity on my account. your lust won’t break my trust as long as you keep […]