The looser the hold, the longer the curve

It was a just-summer’s dusk at the shoreline park
where I set down my domineer’s cap
not yet knowing what was given up.

Sitting by a snailshell hanging on a blade of grass and bobbed by twilight eddy,
I start unstraigthening.

The matter of distance one sees is in the eye of the beholder.
The looser the hold,
the longer the curve,
yet nearer and nearer you become.

Then what first seemed a sacrifice
ripens as a star within a slowly emerging constellation.
A gently pulsing light-of-the-cosmos
signals in a universal morse code:

You don’t need to be there
to be there.

(6/3 & 6/15/2017 – Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California & Adams Point, Oakland, California)

Jokes Don’t Play Fair & Shackles Give Way

(co-written by Elder Wombat)

The mangy masters
hold forth bears,
haven’t inside jokes,

though someone trusted
has seen dancing
among highly strange folks

Mr. Oso Humor,
undisguised,
waltzing in a fur-lined suit & tie.

Winks at the masters,
no reply,
black cat on the left, blue cat on the right.

Tails mop the floor
just like mirth
at the birth
of time.

Married to the dirt
as they were
Earth gave worth
by grime.

Ground tremors, air thrums:
Whoosh, boom thrush.
Hushed hail, age &
a place of mind.

All of a sudden
bears’ shackles rust,
strange folks swallowed
by dust’s design.

Fertile void crops up,
menace-playful, divine.
Laughter spreads out to
open hearts & blinds.

[the mangy masters
missed the punchline,
the bears dive down into the void,
out of sight.

As for Mr. Oso Humor,
he stayed above & behind
to meet the masters
eye-for-an-eye.]

If this were a story,
there’d be an end
but jokes don’t play fair &
shackles give way, my friend.

(5/29-31/2017 – North Road, Blue Mounds, Wisconsin & Adams Point, Oakland, California)

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus,
my hypnotist.

Daylight dimming,
hidden fires.
In the branches,
ghost moss mire.

Nocturnal
melody.
Bats & ravens
sing for me.

Eucalyptus,
my hypnotist.

What’s the number?
Out of town.
Hands move backward.
In the shade of doubt.

Black & white
spiral swirls.
From the treetop
Earth it turns.

Out of place & inside time.
Out of the way & into the blind-eyed
spiderweb of paradigms.
Eucalyptus, hold on tight.

Seize the moment.
Leave the ground.
Climb the sky.
Look on down.

Eucalyptus,
my hypnotist.

Eucalyptus,
my hypnotist.

Look on down.
Look on down.
Climb the sky.
Look on down.

(5/17 & 5/20/2017 – Adams Point, Oakland, California)

Blimey

(co-written by Elder Wombat)

Now, what’s that on the water?
Something’s underway.
If you knew what I know
you’d have nothing to say.

The rivers roll on
and the surface ripples.
Waves crest and fall,
tiller rides with purpose, simple:

We sail straight for the belly
of the saber sea tooth cat.
It’s time to cross the wind, mates.
Hold onto your hats.

So loose up and find a balance.
Beasts smile across the islands.
How does the breeze whistle news?
Blimey, feels good all the way from the shoes.

(5/9-11/2017 – North Road, Blue Mounds, Wisconsin & Adams Point, Oakland, California)

 

Hello Divine

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For my friend Sam Barkin.

We say aho, we sing ase.
Wish for you upon your way
the healing you found hard to find.
Goodbye this earth, hello divine.

Can’t wait for another sweat.
When you think I’ll see you next?
Looks like you postponed our date.
Love you, Sam. It’s hard to wait.

We say aho, we sing ase.
Wish for you upon your way
the healing you found hard to find.
Goodbye this earth, hello divine.

Through my shut and sobbing eyes
I hear your chants and see that smile.
Stories that you shared with me
have roots inside, will never leave.

We say aho, we sing ase.
Wish for you upon your way
the healing you found hard to find.
Goodbye this earth, hello divine.

I’ll keep looking up to you,
think to myself, “what would Sam do?”.
Weren’t all that long in the tooth
but sure were long on simple truths.

We say aho, we sing ase.
Wish for you upon your way
the healing you found hard to find.
Goodbye this earth, hello divine.

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(5/10/2017 – Adams Point, Oakland, California)