In the rat’s mouth
one learns to accept
as a perk of life
dazed by the depth
and breadth of it
spread on the hyaline
sea sparkle & sky
cluttered with yachts
cutting cream swaths
in a diamond ...
LEAR IN FLORIDA
Lear had no grandchildren to aggrandize
him, fondle him with kisses, no photos kept
in a drawer, to convince him he’s alive:
time slices, filial fawning, thin as thought.
What denouement but ...
THE HERO AS THE LETTER Q
Book hungry hero riding in the wrong
direction, galloping so strong and certain
with an historic crack across your brow,
gawky and gaunt, time’s angular knight-errant.
Clearly you wear ...
Bear, would you like to see my purple heart?
Terrified, I followed Uncle Eddie up the stairs,
expecting to see—God knows, what hideous thing,
what awful hidden wound from the Great War.
GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT
Imagine that huge ogre glaring green
Burst in this Christmas, snorting on a charger,
Flashing a hatchet, holding a bright sprig
Of holly, thundering his cold steel challenge.
Comic almost ...