Monthly Archives: May 2012

IMMORTALITY

IMMORTALITY

If a leaf should fall
on your perfect wet cement

Do not reach for the trowel
to dig it out and smooth it over

Lift it carefully

Leave its jagged print
along with finger and thumb
on each side of the winding stem

There will be no need to impress
with your initials, or the date

GIVE ME THAT OLD RHYME RELIGION

GIVE ME THAT OLD RHYME RELIGION
(Happy 400th bible birthday)

The King James Bible is filled with poetry
everything since seems reduced to prose
why they did it – God only knows

From pulpits we hear more hate of late
– and politics and damnation
– and I sure miss the celebration

The Song of David is supposed to be a song
taking away the music just seems wrong

As for me, in the valley of the shadow
I want to be able to sing
and to feel God singing along

And if after the seventh trumpet note
we find that the big He or She
is an accountant – not a poet
we’re in a lot of trouble – you and me

AMERICA ATTACKS AMERICA

AMERICA ATTACKS AMERICA

There is nothing more prejudiced
than our immune system

It is always on the lookout
for anything different
to isolate and kill

If this were not so
we would be dead
faster than a scratch
from a dirty clawed cat

Sometimes the system messes up
and attacks the healthy cells instead

This is an auto-immune-disease
and the response must be suppressed

The body personal is hardly different
from the body politic
anything different looks dangerous

On this continent almost everyone
is a transplant and a threat
a lot of immune response arises from that

A black man in a white house
must be removed as soon as possible
even though he is a part of us

A course of immune-suppressants
must to be started as soon as possible
or the patient will most likely die

In the body personal I don’t know
the names of any of the drugs
In the body politic it might be love