Tagged: the Earth


here I thought
that was all

an apple a day
if i survive it

like a grapefruit
two things

neither of which
i can remember
neither is grape

neither is me
it’s not
as simple as

putting two plants
together, even
in the right conditions

just don’t
make anything

Flat Earth

I remember in church
a woman was having trouble
praying to God

sexually abused
by her father and now her husband
she couldn’t take another man

Make God a woman, the pastor
told her. Granted, this
was a Methodist church

Mom liked it for the choir
Dad always felt
he could ignore what he didn’t like

the matter of interpretation
heavy. some things did happen. we
did slay our memories

we did find a dead spot
in the woods
i knew of it

in the way one knows our planet
through pictures
through the elements of trust

wind, fire, through blood
like a meteor disintegrated
how can I ever

get far enough away
to see
what is really the world

to see it touched
by the hands
we are told mean time

and know the forest
for the stars
how on Earth

will I recognize
my mother, her face
like there had been people

After Climbing a Tree

half of you begins alone
cast in doubt among rocks
by chance fossilized
inexplicably timed

asked to trust the atmosphere
to observe your body’s
race into alignment
without really participating

the mind wields
a sword-stick
of soul

time will enclose
the others, their colorful
straws poked through
puddles of air

you learn man
from dangerous man
the mountain range
at which love
becomes too much

you know things like
righty, tighty
lefty, loosey
bleed the faucets
for a freeze

father will always
come get me, even
if I’m not myself

night brings the sun
in, out of the rain
father’s armpits
smell of brown fruit

you know things like
if I got up here
then I can get down

The Earth Two

when a child picks up something
delicate she often crushes it
or pulls it off the tree

her hand
may as well be
a tube to the brain

the insides of worm
and aloe vera

each first contact
a benevolent ownership
so nothing bad will happen

no, because I
will put it back
such confidence

the minnow, the grape-like
clutch of frog eggs
especially the flower

how do you explain
what is alive?
once we killed savages

I find myself saying
if you leave it, it
will get bigger

as in
there will be
more of it for you


“..finding a second Earth is not a matter of if, but when.”
-Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate



human animal awareness
at the edge
of physical boundary

such as
out of the woods
& into a clearing
or reverse of that

into greens
that when mixed together
appear black
some have thorns

so they all might
some are oily
& poisonous, so
they all might be

we appear on a hill
at the edge
of a cliff, below which
a river

beyond which
the stone shaved
by wind

membranes of
cities, the towers
neck tied
& black of dress

the first doorway
& the first pen

an absence
a finger slick with berries
the first wall a raft

a door

the green wall
of medicine &
fibrous material
& soft bedding

The Ancient Reptilians

every dinosaur book starts out
a long long time ago, or
there were buildings, cars

before the trees were gone (once
when they had never been)
the leaves were different

and as gluttonous drinkers of sun
they stood, broad faced and brachial
their necks. maybe we say instead

instead there were dinosaurs
very unlike cartoon dinosaurs, who
becoming huge and terrible

could fit in the palm of your hand
their woodpecker hearts bled in
receding, flooding again the plains

of their limbs to move. they’d tense in
vegetation, wary of their own feathers
in agitation, taking flight

this is before and during the
beginning of time
enough collective damage

had been done to call it the past
before there were roads
the whispering of animals into rooms 

of our dwelling. be it houses, clothes
as fire eats the air
air has had enough and shoos it

when at once it has always been
like the ground to a foot in a shoe
the biggest thing on Earth was God