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drop letters down wishing
wells that could be sewer drains
or take them home
send them back to sea
or return them to rain.
each word an empty carriage
or street sign to some highland emotion
or basement sentiment.
hold them with empty palms
weave them into psalms.
a poem is a city pigeon secretly having singing lessons
that don’t amount to much
or debuts Opera seria at Carnegie Hall.
or remains camouflaged in winter clouds
or counter-clockwise flight.
poetry comes easy
when it decides to make it on time
or it know nothing of time
or it is timeless.
why should poems come easy?
it’s not like they make you
coffee each morning.
they are coffee-
they are each
We have drained the metaphors of magic-
Angels playing peek-a-boo in nimbo-
Cumulus, fighting over forks of fire,
Mermaids lacing their hair in seaweed crowns.
Drifted from algae-drenched Atlantis towns;
The gnomes, lugging their dark gold, are buried,
Jack Frost melted, the sandman put to sleep.
Still, you sit with me, watching for game,
Those who float around the room have assumed
Accustomed roles: the hard nose, the comic,
The hysterical wife, the cool addict:
We have seen through their metamorphosis,
The japanese butterfly intrigues us
More than they-fine shimmering purple silk.
I’m not certain you want any answers:
They would not be formulae for planting
Mushrooms, nor how to baste a better gown
For walking late along the river banks
Many are the ways for catching rodents,
Seducing lovers, soliciting friends
They do not concern us: all are written.
The sperm does not stand upon his tail and laugh,
The egg does not whirl primly not proudly
Inviting bouquets in pre-urterine
Gardens cool with moon-dew, warm with pink suns;
A tired climb up a DNA stair,
Precise and circular, has supervened:
The bee builds his hive, sucks it dry, and dies.
At midnight, professors star at the starlight,
Lens upon lens simplifies the pattern:
There is no Hercules, no snake to kill,
The seven dancing sisters atoms
Beating time against the dull drum of chance
The universe revolves about a star
Itself wandering aimlessly and dark
Yet here you sit alive upon the lounge
Not quite tipsy, the hostess with the glass,
Acting as if someone sat between us
The way you careless the sofa’s fine fur,
That’s no game – you do not know you do it,
Some myth you never knew, keeps teaching you
To step out of the play-shine by your own light.
Ben McKulik, August 25th 1978
WE PICTURE FACTS TO OURSELVES
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
After reading Wittgenstein’s, tractatus logico-philosophicus, I decided to look at the world of fruit, vegetables and nuts through Wittgenstein’s eyes and this series is what I came up with!