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spacer.gif   Ed Orr
Posted by : cj on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 09:22 AM
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Poetry:  Click On The Author's Name THE UNCERTAINTY OF THE POET

The train whistles past
like a sleek whale spouting smoke,
or steam, outlining the dull horizon
like an artist searching for his subject.
And his torso, the artist that is,
the uncertain poet, is contorted
before the still-life of his decision
as shaded porticoes open wide
and exhale their dark breath.



THE TORMENT OF THE POET

Like a snail, architecture
secretes its nacreous
passage surreptitiously
in the dark of time.



THE DEPARTURE OF THE POET

Assume nothing about the past, present, or future.
They have no reference point themselves, who would
discourage poets from staying too long in one place
or writing too long on one subject as if anything
ever changed or stayed the same. Perspective is like a door,
five doors in one revolving on a vertical axis,
admitting only the pedestrian who enters or exits
as one who has come to buy something at the store.
No one will miss him if he never shows
Or returns, even if he is a typical buyer.
The store will merely alter its facade.
In the spring, you will find robins nesting in its windows,
Pre-schoolers trying to scale its rough walls.
It will be fresh again and glitter, emerald-like, in the rain.



THE PHILOSOPHER AND THE POET

The philosopher and the poet
are forever at odds.

The one sees nothing of substance
but in ideas, a reflection
of all the combustible elements
in himself and others.

The other
is at home in the world
of things. He cares nothing
for ideas but in so far

as they animate things
of which he can almost sing.



THE PHILOSOPHER

The philosopher is a toymaker
with no tools and no incentive
to build, who finds the wide world
peopled with housedwellers and miniature replicas of his art. He can never truly
be at home. His inventions refuse
his enterprise. They talk back to him
in a language so alien it has grown dear to him,
bittersweet as the willow on which the sun performs
open-heart surgery as if it were a patient,
brazen as the strawberry that has found its shape
independent of the omniscient creator's mold.
in time, he grows deaf and blind because he cannot see
what he has done or hear the mechanism of his trade.



THE PHILOSOPHER'S PROMENADE

When the philosopher walks,
there are so many people with him,
he grows heavy as the heart of an artichoke
weighed down by its rich profusion of leaves.
He vegetates blindly as the sun,
casting his mean light on everything,
venting his wrath on the shadows
of antiquity because there is nothing new
for him to embrace like bricks in a wall.
He is incapable of dying, so he permeates
the blank pages of history like words
with nothing more to do than to be recorded.
He has no record of anything worth saving.



THE CONQUEST OF THE PHILOSOPHER

The conquest of the philosopher
is measured in things that will not
measure up to the emptiness of ideas
that float like rudderless ships
in a bay of immaculate waves,
things that measure themselves
by the mere redundance of their shape,
shape against the shapelessness of ideas
that war within themselves like motes
that have not found their place in light
or darkness, the ultimate cause of being.


 
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