This is America

Wikipedia Poem, No. 783

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charms revive glass
god one quits

plague of glass or question
alternative: crashing

diamonds or questions
serenity prayer for IEDs

collect the alternative
crashing strikes itchy neighbor

very-real hand serendipitous charms
down into the glass prayer

for the alternative crashing diamonds
or question weather in the jar

full of god question
safety one can hold

one can hold god
or an imaginary boxcutter

neighbors very-real hand
serendipitous charms

question these over
diamonds lightning fine silk

Indefinite Traumatic Past

Wikipedia Poem, No. 684

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joined indefinite floodplain

indefinite homeowner
indefinite homeless person
indefinite political junky
indefinite colonial invader
indefinite disabled adulterer

full-stop
he claims

indefinite migrant
indefinite straight
indefinite pirate
indefinite poet
indefinite fugitive
indefinite soldier-bound
indefinite fugitive
indefinite strategist
indefinite mass murderer
indefinite sailor
indefinite traumatic past
indefinite war hero-bound
indefinite mass

joined father
joined brain

indefinite traumatic past
indefinite punk lash

joined father thief
joined brain indefinite fugitive

any old adulterer
full-stop he claims indefinite war hero

joined father thief military leader
joined brain indefinite fugitive claim

indefinite old quitclaim

Do Not Provoke the Creatures Nature has Armed

Wikipedia Poem, No. 415

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“Try to keep them, poet, / those erotic visions of yours. / Put them, half-hidden, in your lines. / Try to hold them, poet …” Cavafy via Twombly

 or the 
knee 
        like diana and low focus spearmen need or the 
       after hunt 
      option how must they  
not be foolish beware 
random chancea
low focus 
spearmen need or eyes and she 
higher young hunt option
foolish boar  
bewareings beware
  of cattle she holds him 
       in low focus 
spearmen need or 
the 
   bravening shade 
and do 
spearmen must 
      or 
      holds him and finds that she indeed 
holds him 
and a low focus spearman must work 
towering boars 
      towards that achievement 
and do spearmen need 
   saying boar the spearman need 
or fail the after 
         hunt option how 
  one should not train into  
foolishness 
beware of 
cattle 
she 
  holds him as a hanging spear

 

“Primrose” by Patrick Kavanagh

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Upon a bank I sat, a child made seer
Of one small primrose flowering in my mind.
Better than wealth it is, said I, to find
One small page of Truth’s manuscript made clear.
I looked at Christ transfigured without fear—
The light was very beautiful and kind,
And where the Holy Ghost in flame had signed
I read it through the lenses of a tear.
And then my sight grew dim, I could not see
The primrose that had lighted me to Heaven,
And there was but a shadow of a tree
Ghostly among the stars. The years that pass
Like tired soldiers nevermore have given
Moments to see wonders in the grass.

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Source & further reading:
Kavanagh, Patrick. "Primrose." Collected Poems. New York: W. W. Norton, 1964. Print, p. 75.
Fitts, Dudley. "Loving Evocation of Irish Life." New York Times, 24 August 1947. Web.
Garratt, Robert F., "Patrick Kavanagh and the Killing of the Irish Revival." 
            Colby Library Quarterly, Volume 17, no.3, September 1981. Web.

Wikipedia Poem, No. 329

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“…there are too many supermarkets, with too many cashiers.” Mark Halliday

          passion passion passion passion passion 
      passion 
          passion 
latin a hostile sense
passion passion 
      passion passion passion passion passion passion passion passion passion passion 
    passion passion 
passion 
        passion 
passion passion passion 
passion passion passion passion passion passion 
      passion passion passion passion 
   passion passion passion passion passion passion 
passion passion passion passion 
passion 
         passion passion 
passion passion 
passion 
passion passion passion passion passion 
anti breathes anemos 
  passing passion passion passion passion 
passion passion passion 
passion passion

Wikipedia Poem, No. 187

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“There on the hillside a large herd of pigs was feeding. So the demons begged Jesus to let them enter the pigs, and He permitted them. Then the demons came out of the man and went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.” Matthew 8

 

doubts himself
as a substitute for humans
noble traditions argue
that cynics set rules

in nature dogs have set rules
in nature dogs have a lead scholar
a doubt that itself is a century
jesus matthew luke and strong similarities

between those set jewish rules
in nature and dogs of notable drool
in nature dogs require a day’s work
from a hellenistic jewish root

thought and prophetic traditions
watchdog in finery in which
hellenistic jews thought to smell
the cynics and mack strong similarities

between this and romantic relation
the cynics see the cynics and set rules
in nature dogs have packs
therefore when humans establish

traditions known to themselves
only as a substitute for dogs
argue rather as a dog would order
therefore humans to the historians

life argues itself as a world
in danger of cities of cynics and set
rules in natural dogs have noble sailed
to ancient gerasenes opposite galilee

“God’s Grandeur” by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1918)

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
    It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
    It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
    And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
    And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
    There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
    Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
    World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.


wikipedia poem, no. 44

after Battletoads theme for Sega Genesis

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    a singing human measures the twelve gates of Almighty beryl
     for God 
       seventh chrysolite  the names     scratched into the sun of the Lord 
His foundations will show       will with 
you           leave behind nations 
      carry me seventh chrysolite
          Almighty beryl 
foundations and sapphire as          Lord God 
pure Holy City       you the names of life measuring rod of the 
thick great gates of three  on
        no day will seconds show 
    twelfth onyx them      of 
       the will long kings 
as pure as twelve gates were and three gates are 
	show you   the city enshrouds by three

* * *

      They were “Come “Come “C as a chorister 
written in the carried “Come “Come communion 
He had a mountain-great street and “Come 

of God    “Come “Come “Come “Oh comely 
“Come “Come “Come “Come “Come alone
It shows you the       “Come “Come 
the wife of a square “Come “Come “Come “Come 
as you are   “Come “Come “Come “Come 

        light on beryl three       “Come “Come “Come 
          gates against the day    “Come
  three gates and the second said to me “Come “Come 
    “Come

* * *

 nations 
       on to the 
shine

      	splendor 
     for that nation which nations of the city of God Almighty beryl   their 
temple in the 

willing bride  three gates on shine to measure what was
           who talked with topaz three gates the Lamb
carrying       its seven angels 

          me  and there   sky   through the dome of 
the bride           as 12,000 
  gates me and with the ever be 

      and the nation will bring down His rod 
	you who carried 
          city    shown 
       was      the wife of God
like jasper clear as a lamp
south shining and high past the wall wall wall with every kind 
      of kindly measured cubit    The city  lists   its wall 
    all shine on will.