CHOICE OUTSIDE STRIVING
Heàdphones snug. Padded mimicry.
Choice outside striving. God’s dream surface.
fierce as flame. apart from them. quenched
and drowned. a wreath of smoke.
eye see the way. wide ocean reach. soft
THE DIN OUTSIDE
cars on wet street. whooshing tires.
engine hum. beneath our hearing. merely
known. cross purpose red. black hard lines.
tired old men. young girls walk. young men
watch. no work today. no judgement words.
rolled up pants. toes and heels.
dissolve in foam. the cries. the gulls.
joy stamped on shell. an east life breeze.
a time of when. brackish air. leavened
wind. yes now. yes then. no need. no need.
THE GRAINS OF SAND
i to the sea. i to the sun. sand moves in.
sand rolls out. a million grains. like wheels
on ice. A million grains. slip into space.
no brakes to stop. slip under time. no tracks
to speak. no words to say. they seize the glow.
the heaven glow. the fire above. the water’s
edge. the eye that sees. each crystal grain.
their purpose fixed. her glassy reach. her
milk sea breast. all slide of tongue.
the anthem ring
becomes a name.