these things

this is my twelve day. 
this is my seven.
this is my feeling 
like i can't go on any longer.

this is my porcupine
poking the sky.
this is all there is 
that's left in the pie,

and this, well, 
this is what you get 
when you combine the one 
with the other but the one
won't work 
and the other won't cooperate.

this is the feeling that i wake up with 
every bonecold morning and this is the meaning 
of the book in your eye that i can't wrap my head around
and this is this and that is that and these are the things 
—the thin things—that we leave to our children 
and hope beyond hope that they will match up 
in a way that makes more sense than we can make, 
in a way that makes more sense than we have
or have ever had, it seems,

and the fire is under the pot
and the sky is in the pot
and the fire is in the sky
and it is boiling. 
it is not rolling yet 
but it still is not still 
and it still is not anything 
that we can call our own
and it is just 
in this way,
the way in which the trouble 
moves in the liquid 
from the bottom 
up the outside and 
down the inside 
to the bottom 
again and again 
and again until it’s all gone, 
until the pot is a hot dry mouth 
screaming at the sky and it cracks 
and bursts in the face of the kitchen 
and the kitchen will never sleep again.

the kitchen will always be open. 
the leaves will blow right in 
through the open door and
they will roast themselves 
slowly—so slowly—right there 
on the open floor.

16 thoughts on “these things

  1. “…and the fire is under the pot
    and the sky is in the pot
    and the fire is in the sky
    and it is boiling.”

    This is an epic. My jaw just hit the floor. I’m going to send this to a few of my other writer friends – they’re going to love it. Bravo!

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  2. I’m with the others on this. Definite reread necessary to digest all these wonderful little bits. So many layers of ‘smart’ happening here. Just loved this.

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    • Thanks so much for that Ron–
      This too is much of how I see poetry, though I struggle at times to keep it simple. I think that we are all grappling with just what it means to be human and it is not that poets have any special knowledge or skills in this regard, only that poets never stop with the questions, the questioning, the quest. For me it all comes down to compassion, in a way: An attempt to understand as much of the breadth and depth of human experience as we are capable, and then, hopefully, sharing that experience.
      My mind has been much on this lately, as perhaps you can tell. 🙂


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