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“Begin With Matter”

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“Begin With Matter”

Begin with matter; what ails the pilgrim
Who finding truth supposes gifts
To be forthcoming to him as he sifts
Through blessings and bounties at the rim
Of his reality, the edge of his consciousness, the interim
Between physical growth—the thrift
Of material formation in the womb of yesterday—and its rift
In painful separation of peculiars of strife and death refined within
The narrow cope and mitre of fond illusions of this present life? These
Must precede an equal void; in balances he joys and so he’ll one day
Be made to grieve, and all the while the taste of sweetest pay
In machinations couched in bitter herbs and deprivation lest
The final product far exceed the limitations of his earthly station,
Outrageous freedoms fathered by the very star that lights his way.

…as with matter, I stretch the sonnet’s spool…

“Beauty’s Reticence”

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“Beauty’s Reticence”

Beauty’s reticence has no alibi,
No longing year-end wish pursued
Through the New Year, no final cryptic interview;
Absence like the shadow has no definition. The lie
Is gently raked, inclined toward a simple quotient, a goal
Known only to fools or Prophets.
Urges toward the froward ascend for yet an hour’s solstice; epithets,
Then, and envy, raw ingratitude in Cain whose sole
Remorse is that he lacks and displeases God,
That he is no longer chosen and therefore set adrift. Apart
He reveres his own creation high above all others in his heart
And so, too, the truth, the one true God.
Stations, then, are forever sealed, the exile plods
Through warnings from the wind flower, hidden flaws within the seed;
When asked, “What ails thee, pilgrim?” Comes the answer, “Basic need.”

“They Move So Well”

“They Move So Well”

They move so well, they troll; they stroll
From this side of wagers to the other,
“Done!” and back again, smother
Goosesteps with mother’s deep affection, roll
The wholes in one and on a paper napkin map
Contingent strategies in sporting bars of habit and choice
Their viscosities of taste and controversy, simulated voices
Registering rapt concern from teleprompters
for whom it may concern that takes the rap
When leaders do not function as they should.
If what’s within the box is not ajar,
It will be soon, adagios of alarm
As phantoms masked in mortgages, just as whales, must surface
By the waters of eternal Babylon to their height in purpose.