The last window,
the last eyes light night’s fire,
surrounding the trees are my soul’s wishes.
I go out the door
looking for a revenant;
ink that has the power to enchant
soulful voices of dialogue in emotional synthesis.
Pouring slow into these hours
souls sigh in the clear air
branches reaching to engage the sunrise.
The last window,
Sympathetic as usual
your musical voice vibrates and
comes to me beguiled and ruined,
sometimes love injures and kills the heart.
It’s not like a hospitable coffee offered to all visitors
any time of day; delicious and hot.
It’s a liqueur that burns slow bleeding in the veins.
Like a howling dog you come for a few drops from the vessel
and with dismay I turn and walk away
with the white glow of stars and an innocent moon,
an ineffable majesty of an unnamed owner.
Even though I might love your confusion
when you say night and it’s dawn or
when I say I am the wind
and you build praise in word symbols,
doors and windows in the night.
Disaffection extends my dawn and
our fog colors the fauna.
Process notes: Written about an ended friendship of almost 14 years. Things happen and people change.
The earth smells exclusive tonight,
wind fills the trees and lanes,
a train passes further on — lightweight.
If only I could talk about the voices I hear,
they’re an invisible stream of your breath,
where the past is lost at my fingertips.
Miscellany rains with
feelings of someone who descends,
the cat’s shivering and
there’s coolness where I stand.
My heart beats slowly.
When tomorrow dawns
I’ll say I looked at the night.
White pillows at night descend.
Pain sounds its celestial sorcery;
the mirage that returns
because there’s twilight.
I don’t cry
because there’s no fire,
no grief masturbation,
no dilation to raise my second thought,
neither hanged nor dead dog,
neither bombastic, nor Jesus, nor father, nor virgin.
But I don’t think much about the unreality of things
they’re just dust shared in nexus.
Death for a woman is transparent
it’s male and bandaged.
Someday we’ll greet all our fans with gestures
superstitious and pale.
The windows remain open for
timely renewals and sighs.
I recall I am alive
when the music filters through my autumn sweater.
I look at the horizon
it exists and bends with
what I can no longer hold.
I am alone
only in one step,
only in one memory.
Then someone with his face visits and smiles,
he lies on the bed and I notice his exquisite hands.
This is what remains;
my uncertain nakedness lives imagined,
the premonition of not being accurate enough
in the last voices of an embroidery.
Vainly I point toward his body.
My best atmosphere to the heart.
See me here with the moon
no less memorable than repeated time itself.
When I can feel my senses;
I am the lines, the words and the mirrors.
This is where you smile
beautiful and thoroughly flushed
listening to the night’s colors.
This is what you wear and
the rest is silence.
Morning — the sun,
the silhouettes and
a heart to birth the shore.
Breezes through open windows
filter a summer’s shawl.
Eleven o’clock at night
my smile staggers and tilts.
My arms forever lost and perpetual.
I lie in bed and the horizon closes
searching for what we have and
what we cannot hold onto.
My hands make circles; mercy and love.
A night astray with peaceful air —
Only love and pain can rest
their dust while burning.
Smiles repeated in time
say goodbye to winter.
Sudden spring is the hesitation of a man hunted
under the tenacity of the sun’s rays.
Eyes light up cities with figures and fire
published as day,
yet the wind sleeps on streets alone at night.
When eternity is not the exact death we want
and dust is more like memory’s petals falling.
Before the mist descends on bodies branded.
Before the lump of heartbreak’s hesitation.
It’s good to be back. Thanks, Brenda.
During National Poetry Month, April 2015, I was among 213 poets representing 43 states and 12 countries in The Found Poetry Review’s project PoMoSco (Poetry Month Scouts), working toward 30 found poetry merit badges. “These aren’t your childhood merit badges! PoMoSco participants had the chance to earn up to 30 badges in April by completing poetry challenges in five categories: remixing, erasure, out and about, conceptual and chance operations.”
Here are some I thought turned out well. It was a challenging month and I learnt many new techniques. Thanks. Jenni B. and company.
Pick and Mix:
Maestro of love
open my heart.
People feel affection;
your charms and manias.
My inkwell, the goose quill,
and languishing papers.
Source text: “Memories of My Melancholy Whores” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Shake it up:
“The Window Trick”
carefully place windows.
Planned behind all trick,
Source: Clancy, Tom. Rainbow Six. New York: Putnam, 1998. Print. p. 345
“The Shape of a Wish”
Charles, Patrick. Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451. Berlin: Cornelsen, 2006. Web. p. 80
First In Line:
“She is Standing on my Eyelids”
Easy and beautiful under,
the river I have
under my tongue.
She looks into me,
a few grains of dust,
more or less.
Source: Paul Eluard online collection at PoemHunter.com
“She Looks into Me”
“Lady Love” (title)
“Dusk and Lions”
Source: “The Old Man and The Sea” by Ernest Hemingway, p. 25
Out and About
“The Timid Always Say it’s Possible / A Project of Translation”
Love in practice is a service for others,
take care of them,
in manifestations of faith
there is a natural body and a spritiual body.
Maintain emotional control,
let all things be done with charity,
like a cold mind with a boiling heart,
make an alliance.
Speakers: Padre Hugo Herrera Rosales SDB, Lic. Mercedes Marqués Maldonado and Alejandro Coronel Espinosa.
Title: Consejo Tecnico: Sistema Preventivo and Tipología de Alumnos.
Location and date: Instituto Juan Ponce de León, Puebla, Puebla. March 27th, 2015.
* the phrase “like a cold mind with a boiling heart” was said by Mr. Espinosa, it seemed odd at first, but somehow made sense. We are working with high school children who come from troubled homes in many cases, so we have to be kind yet firm.
“James and Jack”
Stalk spring through the coast
how much of it is summer?
humidity is spring
At work in the early-
humming morning, bumblebees
work humming again
In the drenched thrashing
a bird among the the roses
a bath in the shower
Source: The first haiku is from James Brush’s two haiku in his collection, A Gnarled Oak, 2010, which I proudly own. Pages 8 & 15-spring and fall.
The second is from “Some Western Haikus” by Jack Kerouac
The final one is from Jack Kerouac’s American Haiku.
“My Mother Wore Heels in the Kitchen”
A smell like pickles from a jar,
parsley on the table,
in the shallow tide of leaves —
Lakes of smelling and feeling
among the whispers.
“Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury, p. 138
“My Cats by the Window”
No creature is more sensitive,
clever, clinging, standoffish.
A cat gives back
born different and similarly,
but withdrawing in dignified silence.
returning affection —
You have slept too late,
your cat will come and purr,
gentle open eyes —
emotions, love, affection,
we share emotional apparatus with cats.
Who knew their cat will sit waiting for them?
Lessing, Doris. “About Cats.” Time Bites: Views and Reviews. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. N. pag. Print. pp.176-178
“Candles in Paris / Crows and Flowers”
Paris during the spring
my soul enkindled;
a perfect abandon.
At the first dawn
a couple of tapers strongly scented
amid wild lights and shadows.
The rivulet was flowing,
a few crows were circling the sky.
Humid fertile ground,
god of flowers,
miracle beneath the tree.
*First of all, I had so much fun with this exercise, that I wrote two.
Source l: “18 Best Stories by Edgar Allan Poe, The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc. Print 1965, pp. 104 and 105.
Source ll: “The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho”, HarperCollins Publishers. P
Out and About
Off The Shelf:
“Ornaments on a String”
of earth and man
roll up all under heaven like a mat.
Eloquent intricate schemes
inhabit forests and secluded valleys,
distant lands and climes.
At the end of summer
novelty — enthusiasm of its halo.
Precarious is death
falling back into the shadows.
1.“The Prince Machiavelli by Niccoló Machiavelli”, pp. 31-34.
2.“The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels”, pp. 79-84.
3.“The Art of War by Sun Tzu”, pp. 20-25.
4.“Jihad vs. McWorld by Benjamin R. Barber”, pp. 23-28.
5.“The Zapatista Reader by Tom Hayden”, pp. 19-23.
These books came from my bookshelves. I wasn’t going to try to attempt this exercise with books from a local library, because they would have been in Spanish. Therefore, this doesn’t really fit the criterion for the badge, but I completed it to the best of my abilities.
Quiet on the Set:
“Separation: Spirit, Heart, Love”
In the spirit
upon fantasy of being.
No separation in heart and love,
in touch — love binds.
The world is becoming
smaller and inward
invest in the technology
of the heart,
wall to wall
Rejoice — aspects rise on the ground.
At the root of the tree,
a shift in hearts –
the root of happiness
Millions of breaths,
subtle, what happiness looks like.
Source: His Holiness, The Karmapa. “The Technology of the Heart.” Ted Talks.
“A Tease Around the Eyes”
The morning is warm
and the cotton sheets nearly blue — sleeping.
His hair parted during the day,
and a warm fleshy smell to his skin
that would tease about.
Around the eyes
a sunburst of wrinkles — browned,
imagine him squinting.
to drop anchor.
Source; “Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood” 1. ANTIBES, FRANCE. JUNE 1926.
Out and About
It reminds me of my childhood,
green, beautiful — perfect peace.
Birds, sun, clouds and boys playing.
Apples and leaves,
singing birds and animals.
Fruits for life
tall, beautiful and strong.
how beautiful life is —
Music and calm and love.
Source: Class Activity with my prepa kids. School: Ponce de Leon. Word: Tree. I did this activity almost a month ago, and then I became ill. So, mucn so, I couldn’t sit at my computer for more than ten minutes at a time. I love my prepa kids.