Month: February 2012

Under the Tree of Knowledge

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Extruded from a socialist womb,

One becomes separately alive,

Sweats at the fount of mother-milk

in the endless struggle
to survive;

One invades the mortal’s world

To find what truth we can

Of fragile human goodness

And love for other than

the Self,

One fears food, shelter, and justice,

are private and political property,

Sought and bought with things

or subtle lovely lies and bartered

Yet with pluck and luck perhaps,

One finds transient pleasures

Among the shards of gathered,

Baubles, troubles and other

Suffering threats from a million gods,

painful errors, regrets, and strife

in the silence of the universe

One may question and fear life

One may at last discover,

within each being, object, truth,

we only live within each Other

And Each is is just another

Each inanimate or living thing

Waits and wonders here on earth

What life or time may bring

To those who hear siren song

of the Multiverse.


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No one else was around

When our eyes first met

The wind had shut down

The parking lot was wet.


He was young, and tall

Disheveled and gaunt,

As he lounged at the wall

Of the darkened restaurant.


I quick- locked the door

Started the car,

And groped the floor

For an iron tire  bar .


He came fast to ask

To use my cell phone;

But I drove away fast

And left him alone.


The cold wind cursed me

And called up more rain.

His frantic eyes shamed me,

And I turned back again.


What else could I do

To undo a bad deed

Done to someone who

Was in some sort of need.


But he wasn’t there

That other man’s son.

So to prove that I care

I undid the undone,


The predawn night

Called up the dawn,

I called  up the sight

Of  the man who was gone,


Sat there alone,

With that coward who’d run

Pulled out our phone

And called 911.