Loved by millions of people. It is cruel in return. Still people send postcards from there. Get married there. That kind of thing. Also there a few trees. And sometimes migrating birds – that poop. Good.
you spit on the grass
The week has been very hot. Global warming – if you’ll forgive the edginess. Anyway it’s so hot the smell of birch trees is really strong – everywhere smells like sauna.
on a bicycle
and some terrapins
The island thinks to itself that it would like to be a beach. Just a metre stretch of yellow dirt. Where people forget their underwear. Where people take pictures and post them on instagram.
I spit on the grass and die
I go to see the great leader’s statue, but it is too hot, so I step into his great shadow. Immediately I hear the tinkling of a stream. When my eyes adjust to the darkness I make out a young boy standing close to me, along with his goat. He smiles at my surprise. He spits out the blade of grass that he is chewing and says it takes a while to get used to the shadow—’you’ll be able to see more and more as your eyes fill up with the void. There are many of us here and more keep coming. We spend most of the day under the shadow and move across the landscape from west to east.’ Where is the stream, I ask. Oh, that’s the sound of all the streams that went dry, he says. Are you a ghost, I ask, and then seeing the hurt in his eyes, I mumble that it is unhealthy to live away from the sunlight. The boy smiles again and lifts his foot. The sun is shining under his soles. That is where the grasses are growing.
the wind shifts
i tell her i had a dream about her – we were in a scottish hotel, on the run for some unknown crime. she says she wishes it was real.
on the window
with the ocean view
a broom-handle his staff, his throne the trash bin, zit-dotted cheeks cushioning his longings, with vacant eyes on a gull he struts like a man of some importance until a shoulder-tap and he blinks
back-tracking steps—last night’s moonrise mom’s chicken wings on a tin plate, a beach stroll kicking sand dunes his toes a hermit-crab-moment
past brambles the bus stop: red-haired Norma Jean flags the #10 with her legs sheathed in printed tights takes the seat opposite his by the window with the warning sign, “for your safety please hold on”
on a cloud he gets off at Starbucks puts on his dress-length apron, takes his broom with the canary-yellow handle and stands by the trash bin with vacant eyes
the slow lick
to the tip of her
morphing in bulk shadows a life-story
Calibri reminds me of Ma. What you see is what you get. Sans fuss.
caricatures trying to undoodle mid-life crises
She can make the serif seem a tad too lugubrious. And can effortlessly raise the bar a point or two without sounding overtly formal (gosh, you can almost hear the corsets bursting in rebellion).
I drum up
Coming to think of it, Calibri is whom I go to, default. She’s replaced the mater just with her prosaic diligence. After all, all you want at the end of a page is consistency in the way life’s musings are laid out.
silent film no words yet from the two-year-old
I don’t really remember the day, but suddenly there where two opinions about saving human lives …
a seagull quarrels
with the silence
After three sub-zero mornings it is relatively mild at 4°C. I put on one too many layers for my trip to the chemist, arriving home ringing wet. Though, so long as the rain holds off I don’t mind the cold, the relative mild, or the sweat, because the rain doesn’t “cleanse me”, as a friend describes his relationship with it, but attempts to drown me in my own guilt.
sleeping the rest