Party pooper

All night long the cats
Out behind growling howling
Fucking and fighting
A bucket of water thrown
From next door splashes scatters

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All Religion Is Insufferable

Yeah, suffering’s assured
But our pleasures can be made
Or at least allowed
So live or get in the ground
And, Buddha, go fuck yourself!

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for Mackenzu

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Falling Together

“Any time the future is definitely distinguishable from the past, there is something like heat involved,” Carlo Rovelli

Falling together
Through time into this shared bed
Heat from our bodies
Creates such tender histories
Flows toward our certain end

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A World Without Time

Everything happens
Nothing is—though cast in stone
Today—a grain of
Tomorrow—dust thrown as pasts
Swerves presents into futures

Yet there’s world enough
In the measured heat of you
In the orderly
Movement of our hands across
Bodies—your breath on my neck

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for Carlo Rovelli

Depth Charge: The beauty of Carlo Rovelli’s thought and writings continues to inspire, with a dash of Andrew Marvell thrown in.

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Not the marshalled clocks

We are creatures who should dance
To the ebb and flow of tides
The imperfect turns
Of the moon as it escapes
Not the marshalled clocks

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April Ice Storm

If the city were—
Sensible—it would simply
Pause—wait for the ice
To melt in its own good time—
Mad clocks keep it grinding on

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The Queen Bee in Wintertime

Imprisoned in ice
With an army of sisters
Soon for a season
Nectar pollen sweet honey
She dreams a community

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Join me on the darkening shore

There! In the red west
Where waves struggle with the sky
To pull the sun down
They’ll win their battle–again
Wait! The shadows will be ours

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Depth Charge: The image accompanying this poem is a painting by  Christine Trainor , Unfinished Sky, oil on canvas, recently purchased by the Prince Edward Island Art Bank.

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Moon over Hochelaga

Why doesn’t the moon
Seem as important down here?
Up from the river
Below the mountain—it shines
Still—on the streets heads downturned

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Denied a proud robe of words

Denied a proud robe of words
She chooses to dance naked
To music rhythmic
Private in deepest logic
Her public heart beats

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Depth Charge: For my birthday Lynn Henry gave me a copy of Mary Beard’s “Women & Power”, a book of the type I love, a small book of infinite beauty in which the intellect sparkles like sunlight on surface of a deep sea of wisdom.  I wrote this poem after reading the first essay in which she describes the deep cultural and historic roots of excluding women from public speech, like the essay itself, I hope it hints at the power that will drive future progress.

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