Archive for March, 2016

Monday, March 21st, 2016


If you need a friend I know someone else
who needs a friend. I’m not sure you would
get on but he (or she) (or it) has enough
disposable income for two, so there is scope for optimism.

Sunday, March 20th, 2016


The elephant smiled
but I had not fully explained his duties.
Soon his tusks would be drooping.

Saturday, March 19th, 2016


I believe in air – the national air. Then a spectral intake of breath.
It’s almost beyond belief.

Friday, March 18th, 2016


You connect the red wire to the blue terminal.
Or is it the green? Oh, just try it. See what happens.

Thursday, March 17th, 2016


The evening: we had gone downtown in search of
entertainment and come back empty-handed.
But now the mystery of the missing sun is solved;
it was in my pocket all the time.

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016


I called her The Vegetable Girl
on account of the way aphids were attracted to her
but she said she was a hypnotist
and could make me do anything she chose.

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016


A pile of sticks may be a sign of magpies building a nest. Or it might be just a pile of sticks.
I am leaning against a signpost that points toward the outside of town.
I have always been so inclined.

Monday, March 14th, 2016


A tempest temping around my head reminds me
comfortingly of God’s benign wrath and toes
amputated because of frostbite speak only
of the sacrifices Our Lord made

Sunday, March 13th, 2016


I know the difference
between what you said
and what you meant to say.

Saturday, March 12th, 2016


Rhyming couplets, decasyllabics, innovative poetics –
sometimes all you want is a good old steak and kidney pie with lashings of thick gravy.
It’s a metaphor, I think. But perhaps not a good one.