March 24

 

I could live like this, but everything
Would need to be delivered. Love, Despair,
Optimism, Ennui. I can do nothing
For myself. The child eventually lost it.

March 23

 

from THE REVIEW

I like to sit on park benches
between two lives and eavesdrop on
conversations. Buses and trams are okay too,
but usually they’re too jam-packed
with germs to be comfortable. Let loose
in rolling acres, to contrast all the openness
with inner solitude, and understanding how
happiness is temporary and conditional,
let’s vaudeville when we can.

March 22

 

APPROACHING SPRING

        after 春望 by Dù Fŭ

Plants will wake up
Birds will be busy

Messages from family and friends
Are the Sun

My hair is white and thin
I expected that

But I did not expect
Tears instead of Spring rain

Warning beacons on hilltops
The country is sick

Birds will be busy
Plants will wake up

March 21

 

I never knew cans of soup could be so popular.
(Carrot and coriander. Alliterative bliss.)

March 20

 

This is such a time –
And so I behave myself –
I am needed to live quietly by myself –
There is a shelf I grace decoratively –
And there is sleep I need to do –

March 19

 

I see a vessel approaching –
What is that flag it’s flying? –
Let me check my Everyman’s Book of Flags
Oh, so that’s what it means –
I shall give this approaching vessel a wide berth –

March 18

 

from CATCHPHRASE

He is “light on his feet”.
He has “time on his hands”.
He “knows which side his bread is buttered”.
He is “a complete and utter bastard”.

March 17

 

Taras Bulba (1915–18) is a three
movement symphonic poem based on
a Gogol novella set during
the 16th- and 17th-century Ukrainian
rebellion against Polish dominion.

(Taras Bulba (1915–18), eine Symphonische Dichtung in drei Sätzen, basiert auf einer Novelle von Gogol, die im 16. und 17. Jahrhundert in der Ukraine spielt, während der Aufstände gegen die polnische Fremdherrschaft.)

March 16

 

Today we have naming of parts. Yesterday,
We had daily cleaning. And tomorrow morning,
We shall have what to do after firing. But today,
Today we have naming of parts. Japonica
Glistens like coral in all of the neighboring gardens,
                  And today we have naming of parts.

            – Henry Reed, from Naming of Parts

March 15

 

The unknowable places, people who may or may not be musicians or wandering bards;
Separation as a method of passing the day, out of the door and speeding away.