The Frog

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Aug 122011
 
What's wrong
with this picture?
Scads

of lilies raised
above the muck the scum
floating

on golden
pond
--sheer light--

on one
a fat frog croaks--
Bhudda!  Bhudda!

to the
weeds and sky
eternally

his eyes
are old-fashioned
key-holes--

under sticky webs
lilies crimp-edged deep
ceramic green

pie-plates--
above each waves
a streaked pink-white

blossom
held up by nothing
save love

and in that no sense
of error
ever

The Lie

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Aug 122011
 
And so there
is a lie a very
damnable

lie
--so what!?--it's all
one lie

after another
and then a muddy
grave--

heavy boots
of the mourners
thick

with grief--
while still a week later
daisies

grow right
where her face
had been

The Companions

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Aug 122011
 
			to Dan Weeks
            
Two dogs
mangy manes a-shake
follow this river

for frogs.
First one then the other
stops

the friendly lips
serious a moment, long black
and still

a line
of fresh paint hastily
applied below

the snowcapped teeth.
Ah!  rings in the water
declare something

a few feet out.
Is it?  No matter--leap!
The froth

around them
ecstatic!  snapping! and then
slow to drink . . . .

They return poised
to the riverbank as if they
chased every raindrop.

The river
continues and they continue
to follow it.

In Spring

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Aug 122011
 
there are the soggy remains
of winter
buckets

tipped over and then
lost to us this
world in the

first deep rush of snow
that now, like an
impossible

sweat has returned to the
moss & soil
pores

so that bloated the earth begins
to relax sink down
and decay