Category: Relationships

PRECIOUS METALS

PRECIOUS METALS
(for Copper Love)

You can keep your gold and silver
that divide the world in war
It is copper that connects

Cold crowns of kings and queens
behind the glass beyond the touch
copper is the human metal
it is copper that conducts

Greed and hate abide in gold
in copper there is only love
it is copper that conducts
it is copper that connects

In memory of Copper Love 1947 – 2017
www.copperlove.com

THE ALBUMS

THE ALBUMS

Mother’s shrinkage was marked by domicile

House, apartment, retirement and nursing home
shedding at each move, furniture, china, and art
except for, and never, the old photo albums
heavy in padded leather brown and green

Each visit when conversation stuttered to a stall
(Religion all but Baptist drowned
and what use is weather without crops)
out would come the albums
and in we all would dive
for pennies
bright and shiny at the bottom of the pool

Here’s one from 1958
how young the queen looked then

WRITING THE AUSTRALIA TRIP

WRITING THE AUSTRALIA TRIP

We went to teach, we went to learn
we did a lot of both and more of some

We met amazing people – they met us
perhaps none will be the same again

Details I leave for further poems
which I hurry to hurry to write

before the ripples rippling out
are lost
clockwise and counter clock
down the toilet bowl of time

GRANDFATHER’S MOUSTACHE

GRANDFATHER’S MOUSTACHE

The moustaches
of my grandfather and Carl Jung
(Twins separated at birth)
have lives of their own

Jung’s stays in Switzerland
combing the unconscious

My grandfather’s travels to Brazil and Canada
gathers rainforest moisture, dirty thirties dirt
and remnants of strong cheese and pipe smoke
(Carl’s certainly contains some of that too)

When grandfather sneezes, I get to share it all