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    There's a War in My Country

    for Mahmoud Darwish & Yehudah Amichai

    In the Levant, human violence appears late
    in prehistory.

    A slit in the sternum, a knick in the skull—
    the worn, warm skeleton,

    unearthed & stained
    with millenia's diverse

    mineral sediment.
    Indentation like a crater,

    gentle slit like glacial rift—
    now we make holes, to look like wells

    to ten-thousand-years-from-now sextons,
    and violence, to them,

    may not be lamentable,
    it may be itself lament.

    ___


    My prophet distances himself from me
    and gives me children who leave no trace.

    I am bereft
    of spring.

    My prophet nears me
    through children's blood,

    sticky and sweet, it
    evaporates

    in summer heat.

    ___


    Time
    washes everything & nothing & truth

    languishes. This
    is not work for the mind.

    Internal organs speak
    an imperative to live.

    I lie down with that imperative, at night,
    in my bed,

    I will the bullets
    Slow—

    breach my heart
    later.
    .






    In a perfect world, our dreams will be fulfilled. There would be no hard work or planning ahead, because everything you want would be given to you. In the real world, where we all live, rewards must be earned. The problem most people have is in the day-to-day details of accomplishment. Accomplishment takes a lot of time, sacrifice and effort, and that’s the real rub for a lot of people. But, as Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

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    Re: There's a War in My Country

    Three Poems

    Creationism

    I gave the bathtub purity and honor, and the sky
    noctilucent clouds, and the kingfisher his implacable
    devotees. I gave salt & pepper the table, and the fist
    its wish for bloom, and the net, knotholes of emptiness.
    I gave the loaf its slope of integrity, the countertop
    belief in the horizon, and mud its defeated boots.
    I gave morning triumphant songs which consume my pen,
    and death its grief which is like a midsummer thunderclap.
    But I did not give her my tomblike woe though it trembled
    from my white bones and shook the walls of our home.
    .






    In a perfect world, our dreams will be fulfilled. There would be no hard work or planning ahead, because everything you want would be given to you. In the real world, where we all live, rewards must be earned. The problem most people have is in the day-to-day details of accomplishment. Accomplishment takes a lot of time, sacrifice and effort, and that’s the real rub for a lot of people. But, as Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

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    Tremble

    My neighbor is velvety and kicks serious game.
    So sweet garlic refuses to hang tight
    in his mouth. He pulls women to his wide chest
    each time as if he's won the Lotto. He rocks
    them gently and gentler. My neighbor
    is a master spooner. He knows not of desire, but only
    the rules of engagement. He says, I miss
    having Skype on all night so I can listen
    to your breathing. He floats in his museum,
    of gams, drifting from frame to frame.
    .






    In a perfect world, our dreams will be fulfilled. There would be no hard work or planning ahead, because everything you want would be given to you. In the real world, where we all live, rewards must be earned. The problem most people have is in the day-to-day details of accomplishment. Accomplishment takes a lot of time, sacrifice and effort, and that’s the real rub for a lot of people. But, as Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

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    Aubade

    Beyond the limits of myself, there is you, a wind-wave
    of fading light on a square of cottage pane,
    a final mix of golden prairie in my mind.
    I am the impoverished heir of blackened gum quarters,
    your crosswalk & roofline of foul pigeons. Dear Sibilant Stir & Kick:
    see that tall grass on the ceiling, that burst of dusted corn,
    that sky advancing its phalanx of irritable clouds?
    I rest my hand on your thigh beneath its silk chemise,
    so like a mid-surge surf of turquoise sky stilled.
    Whichever way your shoulder moves, there's joy.
    .






    In a perfect world, our dreams will be fulfilled. There would be no hard work or planning ahead, because everything you want would be given to you. In the real world, where we all live, rewards must be earned. The problem most people have is in the day-to-day details of accomplishment. Accomplishment takes a lot of time, sacrifice and effort, and that’s the real rub for a lot of people. But, as Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

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    Dear P., IV

    Five seconds to open a parachute, one
    that smells like terror. I am a river and
    you a body. When your body fell into
    the river, you informed it, ignored it.
    I handled you as a half-masted plank or
    wooden vessel. When I received you, it was
    night. The constellations broke their
    vertebrae arching to see you. I stumbled
    over myself to key you into my folds, river
    of error, river of dirty whiteness. Now I know.
    If I press hard enough on my eyeballs, I see
    geometric shapes and stars. My love for you
    is something like this. It is there like
    the stars but nothing I can grab or free.
    .






    In a perfect world, our dreams will be fulfilled. There would be no hard work or planning ahead, because everything you want would be given to you. In the real world, where we all live, rewards must be earned. The problem most people have is in the day-to-day details of accomplishment. Accomplishment takes a lot of time, sacrifice and effort, and that’s the real rub for a lot of people. But, as Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

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    Dear P., VI

    As a girl, I cut fruit out of paper and set up
    my own fruit stand. I cut out paper apples
    shaped like hearts. Everything was open
    air and seasonal, fleshy and ripened. What
    happened was the consequence of some
    action. What yielded depended on how
    many apples I set down to cut. Now
    everything is bearded and uncaged. Now
    everything is steeple and sparrow. Even my
    heart is a paper heart. It stutters in your
    presence. It maintains its thin shape so that
    it can easily slip in and out of you. And when
    you laugh, that delirious laugh, it lifts with
    the force of a bullet exiting your pistol.
    .






    In a perfect world, our dreams will be fulfilled. There would be no hard work or planning ahead, because everything you want would be given to you. In the real world, where we all live, rewards must be earned. The problem most people have is in the day-to-day details of accomplishment. Accomplishment takes a lot of time, sacrifice and effort, and that’s the real rub for a lot of people. But, as Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

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    Dear P., XIII

    Someone says it is difficult to write poems
    that are both domestic and ambitious. If
    your small round head is my earth, if I have
    concerns only for the internal affairs of your
    body, then how am I too not mining waves
    of concentric circles outward? Our home has
    more than four sides. There are wars in rooms,
    furniture in formation. If I am your domestic
    servant, why is it assumed we are domestic?
    That we are small and petty, that we are
    controllable, unwild. You betray me over and
    over. I play you and prey on you. This is not
    domestic. There is no plaid sofa here, no
    salad plate, no bingo hall, just falling bodies.
    .






    In a perfect world, our dreams will be fulfilled. There would be no hard work or planning ahead, because everything you want would be given to you. In the real world, where we all live, rewards must be earned. The problem most people have is in the day-to-day details of accomplishment. Accomplishment takes a lot of time, sacrifice and effort, and that’s the real rub for a lot of people. But, as Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

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    I Remember

    you wore
    a sprig

    of eyebright
    when first I

    met you
    remember when

    at close
    of day

    I asked you
    what it was

    & you said
    eyebright something

    to remember
    me by
    .






    In a perfect world, our dreams will be fulfilled. There would be no hard work or planning ahead, because everything you want would be given to you. In the real world, where we all live, rewards must be earned. The problem most people have is in the day-to-day details of accomplishment. Accomplishment takes a lot of time, sacrifice and effort, and that’s the real rub for a lot of people. But, as Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

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    What Then

    what now
    ask Euphrosyne

    Euphrosyne is good
    for memory

    & eyesight
    flowering as

    a common herb
    a parasite

    of meadowgrass
    feeding off

    the roots for
    remember

    to forget is
    a common verb
    .






    In a perfect world, our dreams will be fulfilled. There would be no hard work or planning ahead, because everything you want would be given to you. In the real world, where we all live, rewards must be earned. The problem most people have is in the day-to-day details of accomplishment. Accomplishment takes a lot of time, sacrifice and effort, and that’s the real rub for a lot of people. But, as Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

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    She Belongs To

    the family
    of Foxglove

    & when
    unfurled

    displays
    her two-lipped

    double & triple
    lobed corolla

    into which
    bees stumble

    drunk
    with memory

    of sweetness
    & honey
    .






    In a perfect world, our dreams will be fulfilled. There would be no hard work or planning ahead, because everything you want would be given to you. In the real world, where we all live, rewards must be earned. The problem most people have is in the day-to-day details of accomplishment. Accomplishment takes a lot of time, sacrifice and effort, and that’s the real rub for a lot of people. But, as Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

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