Saturday, May 1, 2010

Gogyohka from Cleveland (4/20-4/25)

Important documents
Black robes
cannot justify me
like all this laughter

So many windows!
Heads at desks
pointing down
Light shining in
Shining out, too

each line
a corner in the room
taken away
I stop hiding

Her grandmother
Born in a tipi
One birth certificate
Lost in a fire
Nobody accepts copies

Spring’s song
pushing up
From wet dirt

A boy in the woods
turning over rocks
Walking down
rusty train tracks
until he got lost

shutting down
the only thing
anyone hears
is birds

When I woke up
Tossing and turning
I saw the dawn come blue
and breathed in lilacs

I am an astronaut
without a suit
feeling a comet form
next to me

When I was 3
I always asked why?
Now I am over 30
And poke my nose out
to smell all things

cool breezes
in Cleveland
winter nights
in the desert
still fresh from the distance

one line kernel
two line kernel
three line kernel
four line kernel

She told me
“I will eat that
when you show me
the tender
on a chicken.”

My whole personality
can be found
in the nutmeg I grate
into squash ravioli
while sage sizzles in butter

So glad
English has many words
for laughter
Let’s make
all poems smile

Everyone writes
to their breath
She writes
in sighs

writing poems
in one hour periods
this time
I have no assignment
to turn in

all day long poetry!
endless new voices
heard and read
I am a pirate
stealing treasure

how far
is my reach
how deep
is my well

more poems
"I wonder"
than "I want"--
I hope so

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