Mortaljive: The Rest is Silence

There is no still point in all the Universe, and that is the rock upon which I stand

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Bubba Bug


damn your stupid nightmares
damn your stupid dreams
damn the way you rock and roll
and make the ladies scream

damn you got a shadow
it crawls across the land
to join the other shadows
lying in the sand

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

This Old Man



this old man
he don't pray
he don't toss no stones
into the gray

this old man
he don't cry
he don't genuflect
don't even try
don't even try

this old man
this old man
with the sun in his eyes

this old man
don't meditate
he doesn't ponder
what to use for bait

this old man
lost his seeds
he will not plant them
no worry beads
no worry beads

this old man
this old man
with the sun in his eyes

is it an awful thing
is it so terrible
if we are criminals
suspense unbearable
is it a paradox
to know and not to see
this old man
a door without a key

this old man
he don't pray
he don't toss no stones
into the gray

this old man
he don't cry
he don't genuflect
don't even try
don't even try

this old man
this old man
with the sun in his eyes

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Saturday, May 06, 2017

take me far away


take me down the muddy mud track
take me down the dirty road
i would like to hold your hand there
i would like to see Tom Joad

i would tell him things are different
i would tell him they're the same
he was speaking to the chorus
before the fire left the flame

take me down to the cathedral
i will sit inside and sing
tell me jesus is a savior
i will believe most anything

(chorus)
take me, take me down
take me, take me all the way
take me, take for instance
for instance
take me far away
take me far away

i will walk to denver
greet it with an open heart
greetings to all who live in denver
hope i arrive before it's dark

dragons do not fly in denver
they walk around like everyone else
yield to them the right of way, yes
and everything should turn out well

(chorus)
take me, take me down
take me, take me all the way
take me, take for instance
for instance
take me far away
take me far away

take me down to the cathedral
i will sit inside and sing
tell me jesus is a savior
i will believe most anything

(chorus)
take me, take me down
take me, take me all the way
take me, take for instance
for instance
take me far away
take me far away

***


Wednesday, April 05, 2017

That Particular Moment


when you understand that you are god
oh, my

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Approximate Locale, Inc.


describing particle physics
to a memory of Spain
on a wet Saturday
in Portland

it goes like this:
see, you didn't exist
but you actually did
and now you chase me
but it's not me
and i'm not there anyway

cue Miles Davis
cue miracles

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

i'm feeling it oddly


***

not every illness can sing
not every cancer can travel to jupiter

when all the air leaves the room
it is replaced by dull relatives
and cups of nervy coffee
so sorry for your loss, they grinned
so sorry for your cookies

death is strange because life is strange
by its presence, all at once
and by its absence
as it travels to jupiter

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

An Exercise in Forgiveness



pretend your knees don't hurt when you run
run madly
pretend your eyes can see the edge of the world
see clearly
pretend that it's okay to pretend
pretend well

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Stupid Sty



it fell upon the face of us
the people of the west
a mere annoyance, a trifle, thus
a pimple, a mere pest

true, it landed 'neath the brow
clouding visage to our eye
we hoped it would depart from us
this noxious yellow sty

compresses were applied on top
and held against the lid
to loosen up the purulence
so of this beast be rid

but this was not an ordinary
interloper in the night
once it landed, set up shop
and stayed quite out of spite

what is your beef? the nation cried
what is your chief complaint?
why will you not be quit of us?
be you sinner or a saint?

the sty was cagey, it did not stir
it uttered not a word
which is probably just as well
lest i write of singing turds

the sty is now the governor
and could be president
it could take our house from us
and charge us double rent

it all just goes to show us all
we should be gracious in our fate
if you've got a pimply eye
postpone important dates

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Sale Pending


our backyard got really high this week:
stoned
freezing
wasted
high

i went outside to talk it down
but it laughed and went next door
i did not follow it

one day, when we sell the house
someone is going to ask
"where's the backyard?"
and i'll point at the neighbor's house
and scream horribly

fucking realtors

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Existential Apiary


hello, said the bee
i've come today
to collect me some pollen
and then fly away

i'll fly to the hive
to visit the queen
her drones guard the way
assholes supreme

i'll develop a plan
to hide in the halls
when all is quiet
i'll rub my balls

i'll rub my balls
releasing a scent
the queen will respond
she'll know what i meant

well, that was the plan
but i ran out of money
so it's back to work
producing the honey

such is the life
of this sad honey bee
but it's not so bad
at least i'm not free

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