First, the self. Then, the observing self.
The self that acts and the self that watches. This
The starting point, the place where the mind begins,
Whether the mind of an individual or
Well I have and in fact
more than one and I'll
tell you this too
Scrambled eggs and whiskey
in the false-dawn light. Chicago,
a sweet town, bleak, God knows,
but sweet. Sometimes. And
"Form follows function follows form . . . , etc."
--Dr. J. Anthony Wadlington
The old man takes a nap
too soon in the morning.
His coffee cup grows cold.
Both of us had been close
to Joel, and at Joel's death
my friend had gone to the wake
and the memorial service
How many guys are sitting at their kitchen tables
right now, one-thirty in the morning, this same
time, eating a piece of pie? - that's what I
wondered. A big piece of pie, because I'd just
Coming home with the last load I ride standing
on the wagon tongue, behind the tractor
in hot exhaust, lank with sweat,
poem in the ancient mode for you
that was musical and had old words
in it such as would never do in
It is not music, though one has tried music.
It is not nature, though one has tried
The rose, the bluebird, and the bear.
It is not death, though one has often died.