Sunday, February 19, 2017

flurry of flowers & the potato has eyes

Flurry of Flowers
The other morning
I was reading
the weather forecast
to Josie and Elliott
because this is how
we get on with our day
that begins with a flurry
of fun
as they eat, they poop,
they jostle for position
in front of the fire –
cats and dogs being this way –
and me, I just drink tea
and the sun rises
I read the forecast aloud.
blah blah blah snow flowers.
– pause –
I mean, snow flurries.



For those yet befuddled by Donald Trump’s presidency, I suggest reading the first few chapters, more if you like, of A People’s History of the United States 1492 – Present, by Howard Zinn.




Potato Poetry
with gratitude for a press conference
that explained everything
He said:
The news
is fake
because
so much of
the news
is fake.

I thought:
The sky
is blue
because
so much of
the sky
is blue.

The grass
is green
because
so much of
the grass
is green.

The world
is round
because
so much of
the world
is round.

The truth
is hard
because
so much of
the truth
is hard.

The world
is flat
because
so much of
the world
is flat.

And I thought:
Winter
is cold
because
so much of
winter
is cold.

The lie
is easy
because
so much of
the lie
is easy.

Life
is intolerable
because
so much of
life
is intolerable.

Life
is a gas
because
so much of
life
is a gas.

Reality
is false
because
so much of
reality
is false.

Later I thought:
The light
is bright
because
so much of
the light
is bright.

The way
is long
because
so much of
the way
is long.

The poetry
is madness
because
so much of
the madness
is poetry.

The day
is glorious
because
so much of
the day
is glorious.

I had an idea:
The idea
is great
because
so much of
the idea
is great.

The news
is real
because
so much of
the news
is real.

The man
is crazy
because
so much of
the man
is crazy.

The woman
is beautiful
because
so much of
the beautiful
is woman.

Killing
is wrong
because
so much of
killing
is wrong.

War
is deadly
because
so much of
war
is deadly.

I could not stop:
The speech
is hilarious
because
so much of
the speech
is hilarious.

The person
is alien
because
so much of
the person
is alien.

The sorrow
is sad
because
so much of
the sad
is sorrow.

Shouldn’t it stop?
The hair
is fake
because
so much of
the hair
is fake.

The gun
is blameless
because
so much of
the gun
is blameless.

The woman
is man
because
so much of
the woman
is man.

The man
is woman
because
so much of
the man
is woman.

The man
is woman
because
so much of
the woman
is man.

The heart
is heartless
because
so much of
the heart
is heartless.

The bald guy
is bald
because
the bald guy
has no hair.

The baby
is fat
because
so much of
the baby
is fat.

The truth
is the truth
because
so much of
the truth
is the truth.

The poem
is rhymeless
because
so much of
the rhymeless
is poem.

And the orange
is orange
because
so much of
the orange
is orange.

The potato,
however,
has eyes.