Intelligence

Where will our boredom be when the bulls mate.

 

News

I greet the illusion of my existence with great joy, he went on to say. Later he was found alive.

 

Those Who Are Sad

I have seen them hanging from cliffs, whispering into the ears of spiders, but they are gentle folk, and can be tamed.

 

Hearing Danish

Hearing you talk in Danish as you passed me on the street today, I saw a wooden table on which there was a cut of cheese, some rye bread, and a stein of beer. Nearby was the ocean, and I could smell the sea breeze across the way through an open window.

 

Stretching

Let me prepare myself for the long and deep penumbral sigh: oblivion is stone-cold, a gambler with a glint in his eye.

 

Longing

When I was seventeen, I would see distant roads in the sound of passing trains: late at night I would look up to low-hanging clouds beneath the moon and feel sad at my past; it was a feeling that moved along the land with the train to the city in my dreams, a world at large, some place to be had just be reaching.

When I was seventeen I was a fool; I did not know what I was reaching for was then.

 

What Is Mysterious

There is so much that is mysterious: fish and gold that fall from clouds, fantasy and ghosts that rim our nights, days that seem to flow from the sun.

 

The Old Man

His silence went beyond his age.

 

Walt Whitman In Your Photograph I Love You

Looking into your eyes, I became you, and for five minutes was suspended in your space. Your lips moved, and I felt the breath of some ancient plague beside us.

 

James Fenimore Cooper

The hazy valley looked painted by a Hudson River artist of the 19th century. Sunk down in my hammock, I thought I was back for a second, wrestling with space.

 

Whose Garden Was This

The sky grows blue in the imagination; the ocean becomes green. And you there on the shore, watering that sea-lily, I love you.

 

Seated At A Dinner Party

Deceit is next to kindness, as religion is next to hope. Have a morsel.

 

Nightmares

I hope this is not the case, that nightmares surface. I have been very happy.

 

One Night

The night was so lucid, the streets so clear, I thought the world was made of porcelain, and the wind would chip it.

 

Up Against The Wall

To escape the mind! What a wondrous thing! My eyes would turn to silk!

 

Hello

How beautiful today was: I woke up behind yellow shades drawn. Later we rode through tobacco barns, buying candles. I have just eaten some raisins.

 

The Abyss

I have seen the abyss and it is mind.

 

An Afternoon

“We waited all afternoon for something that never came.” I can see that afternoon, hazy like this one, with the sun half-dark between two clouds. A fly buzzes at the window, lights on a smudge.

 

Oysters On The Half-Shell

They are the sentient, the vivid, the ones who hold their pea-covered knives above their napkined roasts and moan.

 

To Nail It Up

My past has fallen from the sky; a redbird sits on a wire against the darkening sunset green: a hammer flies from my head.

 

An August Night

The moon rose from the blanket of hills; it was gorgeous and sullen. Clouds came and went, but it had its duty, and our evening was pleasant.

 

Sometimes

Arising from futility, there is always that giddiness from underneath, down where down is up, and the stars feel good against the eyes.