Category Archives: Common sense

“Borrowed Time”

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“Borrowed Time”

Borrowed time, the Salomé days;
A Trojan gift, immortality usurped by promises of beauty; shifts
And balances in each uncharted moment lifts
To others still, and in the glacial ways
Of providence, veils in the heat of denial
Are suspect so close to consummation, or should be.  Probability
Of not so much the essence as the probity
Of the voyage―the conscious nod to common sense—the jewel. Trials
Often as promised in a single dance, as many lifetimes as risings of the suns
Of self-deception, the first and last unsteady steps toward
An understanding is the briefing, interrupted, of a sudden, diadems of reward
And punishment are equalled in the headlong rush and run
Through Security and the Customs Office to a flight
that cannot be deftly measured nor ascertained
With nothing lasting to declare but finite ice
and little more substantial than simple snow or rain.

 

“It’s In the Weakest Hour”

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“It’s In the Weakest Hour”

It’s in the weakest hour the heart shines.
Visions through a tainted glass, cultivated cultures of bliss
To no one else suspend the grosser elements of company missed
As darkness glories in the rite of guidance in the rhyme.
The inner rooms shuttered, moonlight withdrawn from judgment refines
The dregs of syllables of opinion to defy all vain comparison
And render witnesses moot in battalions, their orizons
The stuff of nuance and innuendo only; criticisms  their lobbyists and spies.
Who among us shares so great a burden
As the head of one’s own state that will not be governed? The weighty brow
And scepter of personal sovereignty bears the blood and thorny crown
Of singularities, responsibilities and some vague ideal catalogue of earnings,
Marination in existence here and now before the final call.
A man who governs seconds in himself must first surrender thrall
To hours that are his.  Imagine, then, what I might do were I
The man you think I am and had the time,
The inclination, funds and synergies aligned as planets with crime
The open the goal so many miles above the sty of compromise,
Or the abyss of mere addiction to the accidental end;
The coffin but the obverse to the metaphor of birth,
Entertainment, then, a whaling of the hours in the Dead Sea’s dearth
Of integrity, the bribe and kickback to the entire caveat. My friend.
Imagine, then, that you are on the menu just as much
As any other fool who happens to survive,
As much a “just in time” as any other morning drive
Along the grey-lined riverside. Yes. allow for it. But then, as such,
There’d be little reason to take a bus or book a flight,
And you’d be flattering yourself to take your own sweet time.
“Your poetry is scary,” someone said, and while I thought,
“So, too, are you,” it came to me how strange that what I take for granted
Can be seen by others as so much unnecessary fluff. But planted
As I am so firmly in the soils,  so many disconnected letters yet at ought
With no one, no thing, no one’s one-way journey to the scaffold boards
Before me,  I am no weighty history, no past mystery to haunt
The halls, no hasty holograms of lasting variations on a theme to vaunt
Because there is no Paganini in my world. I bear no sword
Of imitation inveigling common sense nor thoughts alloyed
With pain to balance vanity with circumstance in value sought.
And yet, there’s room for doubt with what
I’ve written in the main. I look to what I’ve made
Of all I’ve seen or what has passed these many hours
And see indeed the seed is separate from the flowers.

“They Await”

“They Await”

They await some helpful word and know the news
Their fear falls short of what it is they want to hear;
Days’ delays, too much backlog must disappear
Before the silence and its echo can renew
The striking of the bell within this people. Still
It falls within the natural healing that smatterings
Of longing, waiting, hoping in and of itself brings
Spasms of a healing psalm to the many, and for the few no chill
Will touch the man who holds the triumph of the will to heart,
A movement, distant, upward, outward toward
The next plateau, a freshly minted meme within a percolating promise, forward
Always–never moving yet never still–magnificently arched and carved.
As with a steaming rainbow, himself the crown to every several cloud
While he succumbs to resignation and relief that only ignorance allows.
They study stars to bring a second truth to hand enforced
By what the doctors know, to second guess
The odds, the capture of a second a consolation prize at best;
To cheat, perhaps, or worse, to change the windless course,
The doldrums of ordination well before conception. Even more,
Delight to undermine what primal motives strength
Of certitude command, a reprimand the breadth and length
Of all creation guided as it were to win, to score
Beyond that something, this someone, those some things greater
Than the product of a wizard or the clever second hand
shuffles across the face of clocks and cosmic signs. A man,
A faculty of man, an energy–perhaps an enterprising satyr–
Quickening the insight and knowing just how much the gathering clouds
Have missed the point will gorge himself on fate,
and blaspheme right out loud.