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Psalm in the Spirit of Dragnet

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Tonight all the stars are just celestial swag
in the moon's handbag, flashy & overpriced.
All the angels are pinheads, & not even pinheads of light.

Here's what I know: I am good
at deja vu but bad at karaoke. I am good
at Magic 8-Ball but bad at bicycle-built-for-two.

Axiom, from the Greek meaning "No rebuttals," ...Read more

Borderlands

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Through all the evening,
All the virginal long evening,
Down the blossomed aisle of April it is dread to walk alone;
For there the intangible is nigh, the lost is ever-during;

And who would suffer again beneath a too divine alluring,
Keen as the ancient drift of sleep on dying faces blown?
Yet in the valley,
...Read more

Work

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Yet life is not a vision nor a prayer,
But stubborn work; she may not shun her task.
After the first compassion, none will spare
Her portion and her work achieved, to ask.

She pleads for respite,-she will come ere long
When, resting by the roadside, she is strong.
Nay, for the hurrying throng of passers-by
...Read more

You Make Love Like the Last Snow Leopard

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

You make love like the last
snow leopard. Time hunts your shadows.
Your grooves dip a real x of an arc.
I love your shadow. It's performance on the wall.

Your white hair flocked. It's old age that makes
you kill for food. You bring a long blank to
bed in, the weight draws out.

You need someone with skill for the ...Read more

Closer

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

In the end there was
a certain grace

splayed on the table
unrecognizable

our beloved (pup)
barely

five sedated on
a manual respirator

unresponsive
Phenobarbital

overdose in wait
human hair

not fur its smell
and luster

in spite of a final
breath-less episode

just minutes before
we ...Read more

pidgin toe

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

on di sake menu no descriptive like quiet & smooth.
lean & firm. dry seems redundant. di comedic
pause dat carry so much inna tree letas. wen
di flesh breaks, a ranginamu glimma free itself to become
sky misty aan di temple. a strait of islands set against
a hazel setting inna di west. kolo pollo. morning is belated...Read more

The Layers

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

I have walked through many lives,
some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being
abides, from which I struggle
not to stray.
When I look behind,
as I am compelled to look
before I can gather strength
to proceed on my journey,
I see the milestones dwindling<...Read more

Healthy Smiths

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Every few months my friend and I get together
to talk about "what we're doing" vis-a-vis
"the perceived goal of our dual attempt
to become masters of wordsmithing
in the face of insurmountable opposition."
This is what I'm doing, we say,
compared to this person we don't know
who does something similar
...Read more

Diana of the Hunt

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

All can see, in the shining places,
Vestiges of her classic graces;
Where her footsteps, fleet and stark,
Have beautifully embossed the dark.

We know indeed, that the stately and golden
Antlers, hunters and heroes olden,
Wood-nymph, satyr, and sylvan faun.-
Goddess and stag, are gone!-all gone!
But ...Read more

Compensation

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Because I had loved so deeply,
Because I had loved so long,
God in His great compassion
Gave me the gift of song.

Because I have loved so vainly,
And sung with such faltering breath,
The Master in infinite mercy
Offers the boon of Death.

About the poem
"Compensation" was originally published in ...Read more

How to Love

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

After stepping into the world again,
there is that question of how to love,
how to bundle yourself against the frosted morning-
the crunch of icy grass underfoot, the scrape
of cold wipers along the windshield-
and convert time into distance.

What song to sing down an empty road
as you begin your morning ...Read more

Forty-Seven Minutes

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Years later I'm standing before a roomful of young writers in a high school in Texas. I've asked them to locate an image in a poem we'd just read-their heads at this moment are bowed to the page. After some back & forth about the grass & a Styrofoam cup, a girl raises her hand & asks, Does it matter? I smile-it is as if the universe balanced on ...Read more

Epiphenomenon

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

I spend a long time considering pillowcases.
Which pillowcase does my head want for rest?
A lace edge so that the cheek does not grow bored?

All night the face turns on its pillow,
bridging the day gone with its divination of tomorrow.
The brain sleeps but the body twitches and kicks,

lashes out, steals the sheets, ...Read more

from "understory (week 35)"

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

"she's kicking"
nalani says

holds my
hands against

her belly
so warm!

chicken broth
boils in

the crockpot
bones turn

in briny
liquid-baby

kicks again
can she

feel my
body heat?

magma rises
water into

steam-Kilauea
drill, turbine

Mauna Loa
grid, undersea

cables-is
...Read more

Q

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

May I master love, undo its luster
do in the thing that makes us lust?

May I speed through the body's sinew
to marrow? Or is toiling a part of

the gaining of trust? May I pare and narrow
your body down, and open it to my

cupidity's arrow? May I find my
response to body's unanswered call,

(if the want leaves you ...Read more

The Answer

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

When I go back to earth
And all my joyous body
Puts off the red and white
That once had been so proud,

If men should pass above
With false and feeble pity,
My dust will find a voice
To answer them aloud:
"Be still, I am content,

Take back your poor compassion,
Joy was a flame in me
Too ...Read more

Appellate Jurisdiction

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Fragments of sin are a part of me.
New brooms shall sweep clean the heart of me.
Shall they? Shall they?

When this light life shall have passed away,
God shall redeem me, a castaway.
Shall He? Shall He?

About This Poem
"Appellate Jurisdiction" by Marianne Moore was published in the May 1915 issue of Poetry along ...Read more

The Sun in Bemidji, Minnesota

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

The sun isn't even a pearl today-
its light diffused, strained gray
by winter haze-this the grayest
day so far, so when I enter the Wells
Fargo parking lot the last thing I expect
is to see the sun in the car next to mine.
I watch a woman make out with the sun,
and I'm jealous of the sun. Beautiful
...Read more

The Sun in Bemidji, Minnesota

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

The sun isn't even a pearl today-
its light diffused, strained gray
by winter haze-this the grayest
day so far, so when I enter the Wells
Fargo parking lot the last thing I expect
is to see the sun in the car next to mine.
I watch a woman make out with the sun,
and I'm jealous of the sun. Beautiful
...Read more

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