Sunday, March 6, 2016

Rag Basket

When the swing goes over the top
so that the universe is turned inside out
like the glove you left in the vestibule,

I will drop the disguises
and the basket of cleaning rags
to follow you to the end
of the next sentence you speak,

Days turn into years
with all this scenery skating by,
our hair turns grey
just counting our change in the check out lane,
angry weed clusters break through the asphalt
when we return to the car
with our bags full of grace,

Half of what was purchased
was an expectation of tightening the screws
on a platform of a reasonable trance,
the other half being
aware that neither of us are dreaming this dream,
our eyes are open, wide as a camera lens,
noting what has gone and what was replaced,
the grey dirt that gathers
in the rain gutter,
the leaves that carpet the walkway,
the paper torn on billboards advertising
places to visit,when money permits,

You say you'd prefer the sunset to daybreak
and then ask
why I am always yawning,
my bones ache,
my knee is weak and creaks
with the rhythm of the city as it
battles the music I want to hear,
car horn vs saxophone,
air hammer body slams vibraphone,
sunlight meets horizon,
the night is better
when there are no dreams
to give it scars.

2 comments:

Lisa Lane said...

That was quite beautiful. Thank you. I would love to share some of your work on my blog.
http://barbedwirebracelets.blogspot.com/ Let me know if that would be ok....Thank you again.

Ted Burke said...

Hi Lisa
Thank you for the kind comment. Please feel free to use any poem you find appealing on this site. Thanks again.


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