April is poetry month. www.3030poetry.com gives a daily prompt. I have committed to writing and posting a poem once a day for thirty days. 1 4/1/2017 "There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing." - (John Cage) 2 4/2/2017 pure at heart 3 4/3/2017 infinite termination 4 4/4/2017 the illusion of time 5 4/5/2017 "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." - (Frederick Douglas) 6 4/6/2017 life without 7 4/7/2017 polymorphic existence 8 4/8/2017 "When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time." - (Maya Angelou) 9 4/9/2017 reciprocal mobility 10 4/10/2017 secret of patience 11 4/11/2017 “How did it get so late so soon?” - (Dr. Seuss) 12 4/12/2017 "There are years that ask questions and years that answer." - (Zora Neale Hurston) 13 4/13/2017 singing in the rain 14 4/14/2017 "Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place." - (Zora Neale Hurston) 15 4/15/2017 heart like a garden 16 4/16/2017 thinking and becoming 17 4/17/2017 “A poem is not a pop-tart.” - (Martín Espada) 18 4/18/2017 "If you understood everything I say, you'd be me!" - (Miles Davis) 19 4/19/2017 three things that matter 20 4/20/2017 "All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was." - (Toni Morrison) 21 4/21/2017 sudden trouble 22 4/22/2017 cost of living 23 4/23/2017 "Sunshine all the time makes a desert." - (Arab Proverb) 24 4/24/2017 letting go 25 4/25/2017 politics of trends 26 4/26/2017 “Hope is never silent.” ― (Harvey Milk) 27 4/27/2017 love and hate 28 4/28/2017 agnostic hubris 29 4/29/2017 fear and loathing 30 4/30/2017 "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle." - (Gloria Steinem)
The April Poems
1 When all the ideas are gone and the slate is wiped clean then will I hear you the rhythm the reason the rhyme
2 The Dance of Life For the show to go on lean on a white wall sit on a cool hard floor fold arms, open arms round back, carriage straight In pairs, or alone Watch Expect nothing Dancers cut through negative space summoned to move by violin's pure heart strings urgings Drink this in We need each other For the show to go on
broken not despairing
having hope is faith undying
you my sacred moment
this our eternal ending
Time. A friend. An enemy. A gift. A curse. Is gone. Is yet to be.
Is space between.
Time. Is lost found squandered cherished Magic.
5 Part 1. Child sweet pea sown early spring in deep dank earth songbirds at dawn call “come play” well grounded head held high happiest in sun stretching, winding medley of scent strong willed sweet garden child Part 2. Adult the unforeseen storm of weighted snow arrives, as do the slugs and snails and marauding birds snapping the long stemmed sprigs of pleated and ruffled blossoms beyond the gardener’s care 6 Einstein said (or maybe not) If the bee disappears From the surface of the earth Human kind, within four years Will stop Busy miracle on wings Helper to the crops To the cycle of plants Aerodynamically impossible Yet you do these things Consider the hive Many co existing In harmony as a unit Each one producing So the other may thrive Honey bee, bumblebee Busy miracle on wings restoring this ecosystem for one, for all Is my responsibility bee house 7 Before Contact she/he manifestly one uniquely two plant, rock, person Two spirited one to co-exist in duo form Creator’s blessing the sacred morph she/he/they refer to We are Part of a Tradition: A Guide on Two Spirited People for First Nation Communities Gilbert Deshamps 8 It is what it is... Leopard's spots gut sense true colours the first red flag Creatures of habit unconscious behaviour patterns set the reveal It is what it is... 9 For my elder This agile moment Of give and take This soul freeing Celebration of kinship Out beyond the field Of right and wrong doing There I will meet you -Rumi, 13th century 10 The Seat of Patience l e a r n to out sit any o a p n p d o n e a n l t l s 11 Afternoon Play with Great Grandmother Painting watercolours Wet on wet my daughter and son And the Crone Sea salt for texture Splotches blood red Blue runs violet Dark as the winter sky 12 for five or fifteen years the listening time... he stood still and learned the craft up and down the neck of his uncle's old acoustic theory Phrygian and Dorian scales over and over then trial and error experience bears witness for five or fifteen years the melody line pulls him forward 'make some noise' it seems to say this is the speaking time 13 Spring in Alberta Dancing in the snow Just dancing in the snow what a beautiful sight beside you tonight I'm happy as can be we're dancing oh so free dancing in the snow it's love you know! 14 Eostoria The flat boredom of nothingness between one or another breaks open then the shift- the tingles of truth the melting away of shame and fear Love, a brilliant spotlight on the divine within- a thread tying me to you Watch, how Jesus, the man walks with feet bare on soul sacred ground 15 Let me wander among The dew kissed lilies And sweet baby’s breath til night fall upon thee If thine be my true love Toss away the key How this garden grows! How this heart beats free! If life be but a garden We labour side by side Planting gentle seed so My love, beatitudes abide 16 “becoming,” as a way to empathic ability promoting exploratory conversation Heightening consciousness from thought to thing dissolving the obstacles- to awareness, shared meanings, relationship 17 Instant Poetry Instant poetry Like instant pudding Is delicious Less so than you would think But It will fill you up Instant poetry a pop tart The Making of small breads Of random prompts And more random Responses Crisp the words up In a shiny red toaster Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar Chew fast And while in motion 18 But I do understand everything you say Hearing in tongues I, the man whisperer I know what you will say before you do You laugh! It is so… the blazing fire lit when consciousness makes a wild sweep one to the other changing every thing 19 Heal the Waters Mother Ocean You are thirsty Mother Ocean You are hungry Mother Ocean You are crying Mother Ocean You are dying Mother Ocean You are bleeding Mother Ocean You are receding Heal the waters Waters of the seven seas Heal the waters ‘til all rivers run free Heal the waters Extra terrestrial gift from above Heal the waters Return to it our deepest love 20 Trouble Do not borrow trouble By your worry today Stay in your happy bubble Keep your fears at bay The way in which you roll Your special way of being Can be your only goal Narrow focus or all seeing Choose your grief wise Be sad, but heavy heart no Sunlight more certain than demise Will erase the rutted brow 22 Indexation Dear Boss, Let us discourse on The cost of living Please and thanks! This year… How much will you be giving? Will there be allowance? As every single thing From food to shelter Has risen in cost My dear and generous boss! There is one exception I note the recognition For the value of my work Has been unheeded? While striving to achieve A place of honour for our org I cannot help but think Freedom 55 has passed And 85 seems likely! An indexation A little financial adjustment Will go a long way And most certainly lead To a sunnier me I like to know I am needed! Signed, old, cheap and loyal labour 23 All Light The sun arose But never left Day did not give way to dusk The nighttime theft All is joy Endless bright light seductive, this secret wish No shadow, no night All heat, all yang Perpetual sound High running emotion The even playing ground Storms cease The well water goes Troubles (thankfully!) disappear but nothing grows 24 Let Go, Hold On I see you in your bright yellow kitchen Painting daisies on the wall I see you with the one you love Dancing up a storm in the hall Oh girl, you’ve got it all… Oh girl, let things fall Away… Let go, hold on Let go, hold on You’ve got it all Phoenix rises from the ashes All your troubles turn to gems Pick yourself up, dust off your shoes Get ready, to begin again Oh girl, you’ve got it all… Oh girl, let things fall Away… Let go, hold on Let go, hold on You’ve got it all I see you in your bright yellow kitchen Painting daisies on the wall I see you making more than just a living Giving back more than would befall Oh girl, you’ve got it all… Oh girl, let things fall Away… Let go, hold on Let go, hold on You’ve got it all 25 Trending Then, Trending Now- Mercantilism They catch on and stick like glue trends are selling brand and shiny new the pompadour, the big beehive the beaver pelt the racy jive the thigh high boots the hairless chest the natty-sharp zoot suits The must have, the want not the buy now, pay late the formidable casino slot all the good life money can buy tube baby, prototype wife Sipping on designer honey while tending flaccid sheep someone is making money 26 Hope Is hope is a single flicker that cracks into a prairie fire fury under a high summer sun 27 Two Graves Love your maker Love yourself Love your friends Love your foes Hate no one Hate no thing Hate no one Hate no thing For if you do You dig two graves And love will be no more 28 What are the odds of encountering not one- not two, but three men- this triplet person hubris trait of extreme and foolish pride in the same week? All go before the greater good and pronounce with grand assurance I think and so I am (they stare all theism down) the "other" matters not Look at me- I... I... I for God is dead or perhaps asleep unknown and unknowable so follow me as "You have no proof" the empiricists do declare disaster prone with preachers like these pumped up, puffed up and soft selling hope only to impart: stop your trying you will never get out alive 29 Fear and Loathing in Edmonton Zak and Brand and Lisa and Jon piled into the farm half ton ambling north on highway 21 searching only for some fun Saturday morning 1979 in a concrete parkade no sooner out of the truck four cops, four guns pulled Zak and Brand and Lisa and Jon Piled into the farm half ton Ambling north on highway 21 Searching only for some fun They hauled them in Handcuffed and all After a search of the truck At the mall Zak and Brand and Lisa and Jon Piled into the farm half ton Ambling north on highway 21 Searching only for some fun Arrested for possession At 11 am on a Saturday A bobby pin, a bottle cap Fear and loathing in Edmonton *phrase credited to Hunter S Thompson 30 A Woman Needs A woman needs a mother's love the garden seeds a child dove the grandfather guide the grandmother's voice her sense of pride her own free choice