Monthly Archives: April 2016

Can’t you?

  Poem 13 Can a koan be yours If you steal it? The teacher said to think about the koan “Form is emptiness” But the teacher gave it to someone else And now I want it For my own Can’t … Continue reading

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Poem 12

Everything I want Everything I want is right here Right here On the glossy pages Of the magazine Where you can buy Collared shirts, Hiking trousers, Socks, Caps, Shoes, Belts, Bags.   I can become this outfitted man Tanned and … Continue reading

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Poem 11

Get Real Poised with a dripping pen, Lying in wait for the misstep One mistake And you’re toast.   Run for office? Vent your voice? Public shaming looms large.   You’re called a racist Sexist Misogynist Misanthrope Ageist Conformist.   … Continue reading

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Poem #10

Ah! To be Whole! Don’t be fooled At the free speech ploy, It’s an advertisement Through and through. Fresh breath, Smoking pleasure, Water that sparkles, All designed to lift your spirits and sell your soul. Your very self Hangs in … Continue reading

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Advertising’s Ubiquity

The word of the day in our propaganda class is ubiquity. Advertising, we learned, is ubiquitous. Borrowed from the Latin, by way of the French, ubique refers to “everywhere.” Students understand advertising completely, offering examples from the logos on football … Continue reading

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Haiku: Indian Brains

  Drop seeds into skull,   Fill the void, count the seeds,   That’s your brain, your smarts.   #30poemsin3days

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Harnessed

You somehow Got tangled in your harness Wrapped in a nylon belt Lassoed through and through How did you do this, I asked You whimpered Fix it, don’t touch me. Pair of shears Should do it. But nothing doing. You … Continue reading

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Inspiration

I placed some of our lilac cuttings in a vase for inspiration as I consider today’s poem. Our Pacific Northwest flowers are a delicate pink: not purple like the pictures that adorn air freshener products for your bathroom. Local lilacs … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day

When I signed up for the 30 Poems in 30 Days challenge, I didn’t know it would alter my daily outlook. Like a Buddhist I set my intention for the day, which takes the form of a poem. But there’s … Continue reading

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Bonanza

I caught a bug somewhere between Portland and Albuquerque, so I’m feeding it hot tea, aspirin, soup and ice cream. With the aim of getting a sympathetic response from my husband, I take my temperature often, but it never even … Continue reading

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