Outside Upside

The trees are not

skeletons they are too

beautiful to be skeletons

the leaflets in their hair

old and informative

(this is winter they say

this is cold)


focused on theĀ 

comings and goings

of Cummings and snowings

and wondering what I did

to deserve this



Of course the scholarly folk will

assign it a letter

(according to appropriate criteria

and force)

a storm on a beach

makes the tide

go out

the fliers came first in

boots and parachutes and

helmets like the skulls themselves

hard and glimmering with

the curved light of thatĀ 

smile the dead always


and miles away

a general watches over

origami war machines

and the men use

crickets to find each other

(animals once animals again)

and Juno lays her body down

tired and swollen with mountains(bluffs)

like a movie I should know

and Americans die in

the state of Utah like

they always wanted

(just miles away)

just miles away

a general watches over

paper war machines

and like the church word he says

I Have My Doubts

I Have My Doubts.