Mortaljive: The Rest is Silence

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

Monday, July 17, 2017

She gives her daughter a ride at 1:00 a.m.


she drives her car 
she drives her car 
wipes the sleep from her eyes
the night remains
the night remains
the keys that opened the door
those keys don't work no more

mother, sister, daughter 
like everyone else, like no other
give her a ride at one a.m.
amen
give her a ride at one a.m.

sit in the car, wait in the car
her little girl ain't little no more
was that a shadow at the end of the lot?
just some kid connecting the dots?
gotta drive her baby home
five days in a row
connecting the dots

the car is dented and the car is faint
needs a makeover, needs some paint
the car is an angel, heaven sent
laughed at by the 1%
people inside don't really care
everybody grinding their private gears

the landlord said they gotta go
life is a business, didn't you know?
the great unknown, the great unknown

she drives her car 
she drives her car 
wipes the sleep from her eyes
the night remains
the night remains
the keys that opened the door
those keys don't work no more

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Friday, July 14, 2017

The Eternal Cafe

I saw Jesus in a restaurant
the waitress said
he could order whatever he wanted to...

Jesus smiled and folded his menu up
folded it again
in the form of a beautiful pup

the waitress blushed
the waitress cried

I saw Buddha at the county fair
silent and so still
the children went spinning around him so

Buddha said "step right up...
into this empty cup"
and then stood laughing on the Ferris Wheel

the wheel was turning
the wheel of everything

someone doubted that the moon was round
until it fell to the ground
it hardly even made a sound
when it came down
when it came down

I saw Vishnu sleeping at the side of the road
dreaming of a car
that would drive him to his waking state

Vishnu knows how to step on the gas
and make it all go
it was his memory, it was his show

I saw Coyote with all her cactus friends
patient in the night
she made a fateful cry, then winked an eye

She saw the sun rising in the lightning sky
and headed for the hills
people say the way she walks gives them chills
she gives them chills

someone doubted that the moon was round
until it fell to the ground
it hardly even made a sound
when it came down
when it came down

I'll meet you at the Eternal Cafe
maybe next Saturday
maybe I will recognize the way you hide

I know this waitress there who's really sweet
so patient and kind
she will bring you anything, given enough time

I asked her once what did she think
about the sun and moon
she just laughed and danced about the room

When you walk into the morning light
with so much to do
save one little bit of it just for me and you

someone doubted that the moon was round
until it fell to the ground
it hardly even made a sound
when it came down
when it came down