Write a short poem or several poems with a warm, earnest absurdity like the poems below — an absurdity that isn’t random but dances with the shadow of whatever truth you see.
A Candlelion Poem
– for Michael
Turn a candle inside out
and you’ve got the smallest
portion of a lion standing
there at the edge of the shadows. – Richard Brautigan
I Cannot Answer You Tonight in Small Portions
I cannot answer you tonight in small portions.
Torn apart by stormy loves gate, I float
like a phantom facedown in a well where
the cold dark water reflects vague half-built stars
and trades all our affection, touching, sleeping
together for tribunal distance standing like
a drowned train just beyond a pile of Eskimo
From ‘The Pill v. the Springhill Mine Disaster.’
In the dark
money is like
the dreams of
the fish repairman.
The train rattles orange.
I forgot something.
I knew I would forget it.
The bag had a brush and a clock
and a candle.
All practical and expensive.
I hear orange.
Slink Moss April 28, 2012
Karma Repair Kit: Items 1—4
1. Get enough food to eat
and eat it.
2. Find a place to sleep where it is quiet,
and sleep there.
3. Reduce intellectual and emotional noise
until you arrive at the silence of yourself,
and listen to it.
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