30 Poems in 30 Days

30 Poems in 30 Days
A Project for National Poetry Writing Month

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Day 23 Pick a Card

Fante di Spade

Questa Carta di Corte combina il simbolismo del Fante col simbolismo del seme di Spade.
Si tratta di una persona veloce, dinamica, pronta a muoversi rapidamente con la parola e col pensiero. Il Fante del seme di Spade difficilmente sta fermo in un posto: cambia rapidamente, come il vento che soffia rapido senza fermarsi in alcun luogo.
Non ha ancora solide radici, il suo potenziale può svilupparsi in innumerevoli direzioni, ancora non prestabilite. Le aree di sviluppo più promettenti sono nel campo della parola, della comunicazione e dell'intelletto. 

or so they say, quick cuts to and through and derring-do and so on
the kind of card to make things happen a go-getter
but it won't work -- it's a card and they never do
and would that bring on the wrecking crew is what we'd have 
to wonder and then what might that mean for the fate or
small gears of a system would be the next thing to ask but
curiosities are mysteries in miniature, tiny fascinations
hence a plural seeming diminutive just like those baby steps
too forward and we're back to dancing around what 
is wanted always breaking a cup of tea or two and a pastime
and would you just look at those leaves?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Day 22 Pastoral

Pastoral after Dark

(for Poetry Church)

with red wine
minestrone     brie and bread

and stunned night bugs
breaking themselves open

against the porch light because
that's how things are

and the poets
grateful at table

to be with poets
this night, with their good

gab of poets, poems, the broken
world, and in the holly

in the crape myrtle
just there by our window

the wrens must by now
be sleeping

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Day 21 Erasure

Excerpt            Solitude

Many years later      Muchos años después      
                                                        discover     hielo

                   blancas            enormous

                     many  cosas  carecían  names

gitanos     new inventions        sparrow manos

                                             lost     perdidos   for a long time     tiempo
                         cosas     have a life of their own   vida propia

iron lingotes de hierro 

                                   a copper locket       relicario

la tierra es redonda like an orange


Monday, April 20, 2015

Day 20 What I Know

The Knowledge

the hippocampus looks like a seahorse swimming
up to the cerebral cortex

and grows larger in the brains
of taxicab drivers

who, in London, must pass a test
The Knowledge 

which requires proficiency in the order of theatres
on Shaftesbury Avenue

and apprehension of which streets cross 
which avenues where

but does not include training
in childbirth

though children sometimes decide to get
born in backseats

of taxicabs, and giraffe births invariably occur
at first light

though not, to my knowledge
in automobiles.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Day 19 Landay

You won't speak to me of love these days
Once, you followed me everywhere, pining to know my ways

Day 18 Warning & Rush

Note Found After the Storm

so if you don't find me, at least find the --

Day 17 Social Media Poem

You'll Be Shocked When you See What She Did Next

We enjoyed our whole hog butchering class at Porter Road Butchers this afternoon.
Here Comes the Fun: birthday girl Kristina: forbidden picture with Earlybird filter.
Is that another bustle in my hedgerow? I'm alarmed!
Yeah, I bet you're bending God's ear taking 'bout me.
I need to read the book.
Who wants to do this with me?

(Overheard on Facebook)