These days may be remembered

But most likely won’t be

Missed, the wheels roll,

The chimes toll, those dirty

Dogs have pissed on the lounge

Chair you sit in watching

The ants clamor in the sun

While mowers drown

Churning the grass blades

Hashed while birdsong runs

Like squirrels above me warm

In the sun, warm as the sun

Feeding the writhing planet.

Beer soothes the confused

Mood that fuels this rolling pen

Inking, thinking, inklings

Of who-where you are going,

What-when you have been,

Ignition failure, no spark,

Questions needing answers,

Carbon dreams of showered sin,

Promised exhaust, exhausted

Music rolling in. These days

You are exhausted, too tired

To choose jazz over blues,

Too exhausted to know

The score, who’s in charge or

What to do or where to go.

Sometimes I believe the spruce

Knows the answers really

Have no problems, only hold

Birds on their branches

And those full-throated dreams

Of melody and flight.

You might learn to love

Like Felix, your Tom-cat,

Who refutes the territorial pride

Supposedly in his DNA,

Proving things can change

Though the ants still claim the world

At a grassroots level. Felix

Is peaceful feline proof,

As are children, dogs, and women,

That you, too, can let go

Of your incessant need to tell,

To point, to administer the business

Of bluster and show, to perform

Your knowledge, the lucky evidence

Of predictable ego, tomorrow,

That hope of knowing the score,

Or at least knowing more

Than you know today . . . all the while

The cat lays curled, purring

At the feet of a young mother

Breast feeding her child—universes

Whirling behind their closed eyes.


Mark Gibbons

May 12, 2012


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    Will you write a “Part 2” ?

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