The Homeowner Sexuals

I see all these men
With their summer lawn mowers
Winter snow blowers
For lawns cars they cut and blow
Me? I’m more blow and cut out

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Winter thaw

Flash—winter lightning 
Noiseless on the horizon 
Crash—melting ice slides  
From the roof to the backyard 
Breaks itself and the silence 
 
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You don’t need a spine to measure time

The world simply is
xxxxxThe leaf to the caterpillar
It does not happen
xxxxxIt unfolds to an inching touch
Crawling upward along a world line
xxxxxOf fleeting feelings
Flexibly traced into existence

I’ll be your counter together
Oscillating we’ll measure time

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Depth Charge: “The objective world simply is, it does not happen. Only to the gaze of my consciousness, crawling upward along the world line of my body, does a section of the world come to life as a fleeting image in space which continuously changes in time, Herman Weyl, Philosophy of Mathematics and Natural Science,  Princeton University Press, p. 116 (Quoted in Dean Buonomano’s  Google Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqwJHasGT9w). 

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Sex with friends living and dead

I’d never had sex
With quite so many pale ghosts
Dead friends ex-lovers
Watching wide-eyed and silent
When you possessed me—they sighed

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Raised ice crystal swords

Raised ice crystal swords
Threatening the pre-dawn sky
Vanquished by sunrise

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Unless you are dead

Unless you are dead
Then you’re very much alive
“Ain’t no use whining,”
Said a friend who’s dead to me,
“Let’s live or get in the ground.”

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Seven sparrows on

Seven sparrows on
A cedar’s sunny side–warm
Welcome New Year’s Day

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Three Loves Stories for Loveless Times

Over the past couple of weeks, I have seen three love stories, two much-hyped and one sliding just below the radar; one deserves its praise, one does not, and one should be receiving much more attention. Let’s get the bad news over with first.

The Shape of Water is Guillermo del Torro’s cross between Splash and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. The film looks and sounds incredible, with a heavy debt owed to the films of Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen and Amelie). Its heart is firmly in the right place with its salute to all outsiders who look for love and truth in a hostile, straight-male dominated world, and yet it is a fairytale that misses its magical mark because, despite everything, it fails to surprise and its delights are well worn.

A fairytale of a different kind, Call Me by Your Name, seduces us into a world of impossibly beautiful people, set in an impossibly gorgeous setting, and living impossibly cultured lives. It is such a rarefied place that when unlikely love appears in the form of a summer romance between a teenage boy and a visiting graduate student, everyone gracefully acknowledges and deeply respects that love for the gift it is.  Luca Guadagnino serves up a sumptuous feast of light and landscape, food and half-naked bodies, music and language. Timothée Chalamet delivers the performance of the year, conveying the overwhelming intensity, and life-changing force, of young, first love.  I will be watching this film repeatedly over the years.

A counterpoint to Call Me by Your Name is Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country, no sunny northern Italian landscape here, but rather a sheep farm in the north of England; no medieval fairytales translated from the German by a beautiful mother for a polyglot family, but rather hard-drinking and swearing at the pub and stillborn livestock; no sensitive and articulate father to console his son, but rather a tough man struck down by a life of hard work and a series of strokes. And yet, here too an intense, physical and—unlike that in Call Me by Your Name—lasting love is born between the young farmer and a Romanian migrant worker. Its arrival saves and the young men and reignites hope for the future of the previously doomed farm.  It is that rare beast, a gay film with a happy ending. It and the performances by the two leads, Josh O’Connor and Alec Secareanu, deserve much more attention than they are getting.

Apart from all being love stories, and despite their differences, all three movies are also cautionary tales for Trump’s America and Brexit Britain, warnings that only the mixing of disparate elements can bring about the alchemy of love, and only love can save us.

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He may do the best

He may do the best
He can with what he’s got—but
He ain’t got a lot

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Depth Charge: Haiku written after a recent sexual encounter.

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The Flowers Fatal

The flowers fatal
In their blooming transient
Spare time for the breeze
Make room for the honey bees
Show indifference to me

Best the stars remain
Safe in deceptive distance
If shining lures us
Into their silver river
First we’d freeze—only to burn

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Depth Charge: I was invited by Joseph Moutran to the technical rehearsal for his Schubert recital, as I will be unable to attend the concert. Listening to him, this is what occurred. Thanks, Joseph.

Die schöne Müllerin / La belle meunière/The Beautiful Miller’s Daughter
The entire song cycle by Franz Schubert, with poetry by Wilhelm Müller, presented with French and English subtitles.
Performed by Joseph Moutran – Baryton, François Zeitouni, piano.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Chapelle St-Louis, 4230 Rue Drolet, Montréal, QC H2W 2L4
Tickets at the door.

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