February 14, 2013 § Leave a comment
the lover is always getting lost.
The intellectual runs away.
afraid of drowning;
the whole business of love
is to drown in the sea.
Intellectuals plan their repose;
lovers are ashamed to rest.
The lover is always alone.
even surrounded by people;
like water and oil, he remains apart.
The man who goes to the trouble
of giving advice to a lover
get nothing. He’s mocked by passion.
Love is like musk. It attracts attention.
Love is a tree, and the lovers are its shade.
January 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
“…for things to work,
you must be on the same page…”
September 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
There are worse things than
but it often takes decades
to realise this
and most often
when you do
it’s too late
and there’s nothing worse
September 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
Yesterday, I lay awake in the palm of the night.
A soft rain stole in, unhelped by any breeze,
And when I saw the silver glaze on the windows,
I started with A, with Ackerman, as it happened,
Then Baxter and Calabro,
Davis and Eberling, names falling into place
As droplets fell through the dark.
Names printed on the ceiling of the night.
Names slipping around a watery bend.
Twenty-six willows on the banks of a stream.
In the morning, I walked out barefoot
Among thousands of flowers
Heavy with dew like the eyes of tears,
And each had a name —
Fiori inscribed on a yellow petal
Then Gonzalez and Han, Ishikawa and Jenkins.
Names written in the air
And stitched into the cloth of the day.
A name under a photograph taped to a mailbox.
Monogram on a torn shirt,
I see you spelled out on storefront windows
And on the bright unfurled awnings of this city.
I say the syllables as I turn a corner —
Kelly and Lee,
Medina, Nardella, and O’Connor.
When I peer into the woods,
I see a thick tangle where letters are hidden
As in a puzzle concocted for children.
Parker and Quigley in the twigs of an ash,
Rizzo, Schubert, Torres, and Upton,
Secrets in the boughs of an ancient maple.
Names written in the pale sky.
Names rising in the updraft amid buildings.
Names silent in stone
Or cried out behind a door.
Names blown over the earth and out to sea.
In the evening — weakening light, the last swallows.
A boy on a lake lifts his oars.
A woman by a window puts a match to a candle,
And the names are outlined on the rose clouds —
Vanacore and Wallace,
(let X stand, if it can, for the ones unfound)
Then Young and Ziminsky, the final jolt of Z.
Names etched on the head of a pin.
One name spanning a bridge, another undergoing a tunnel.
A blue name needled into the skin.
Names of citizens, workers, mothers and fathers,
The bright-eyed daughter, the quick son.
Alphabet of names in a green field.
Names in the small tracks of birds.
Names lifted from a hat
Or balanced on the tip of the tongue.
Names wheeled into the dim warehouse of memory.
So many names, there is barely room on the walls of the heart.
This is a poem by poet laureate of the United States Billy Collins, read during a special joint session of Congress in New York Friday.
Remembering September 11. Ten years ago.
September 6, 2011 § 2 Comments
In my desire to smell like a man, I
shoved my head into your clothes
I find it impossible
to make fun of
things that never last
Sometimes when I eat bread in
the middle of the night, I
break it and leave
the other half for you
I am not so hungry anymore.
The last time I wrote
I fell asleep
August 12, 2011 § Leave a comment
divide my bones
I will pick the biggest one for you
set it aside
for a better time
like a cross
help me with the smaller ones
help me carry the bags
help me carry it to the river
let’s whisper a line from a song
before throwing each piece
one by one
You may feel alone when you’re falling asleep
…would you burn up before the water filled your lungs?
Time runs through our veins.
you hum a tune
I hum a tune
August 12, 2011 § 2 Comments
sometimes that she is not supposed to say that
her lover used to tell her how much
he loved her.
sometimes that the wind on a different year
in a bench of a different park
sometimes that when she tells her story to everyone
she meets and everyone she sees
she misses something.