Wednesday, March 28, 2012

"On wide seas" [gnomic verse]

The Facebooker who posted updates
                    only for his own eyes
the Twitterer whose tweets were broadcast
                    scrawled on passing leaves
the blogger who long bloggified
                    without computer?   surprise!
pre-cyber & post-digital
                    send bottles on wide seas

"You decide" [rubai]

The beloved's lip or last autumn's leaf?   you decide
the dark goblet's sip or the world's tart grief?   you decide
all phenomena reveal something     I can't fathom what!
beauty's timely gift or clues to heart's thief?   you decide

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Quatrains in Homage to William H. Gass

The assertive brevity of red
the definitive bludgeon of black
odd philosophies tricked out in ochre
mock festoons that maroon echoes back

the beguiling shyness of lilac
the bland ambiguity of tan
the crushed nobility of crimson
the long wave within amber's warm plan


Poem's first line is drawn from William H. Gass, On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry (2007)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Satellite View [gnomic verse]

The satellite mimics omniscience
all-seeing what Earth has to show
not meaning to dis its puissance
it misses the thing I would know