Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Flyaway Moon

Night falls. Nothing seems broken. Nothing has changed that anyone can see. 
Walls stand. A ceiling stretches across the branches of petrified trees. 
Bulbed lights leashed to rafters obediently switch places with the stars, the moon, 
and fall with the downcast eyes of betrayal upon the polished floor.

Old women in stiff soles the black robes laced upon their bare feet when they were young  
tilt buckets, bend to scrub the marble tiles - shallow tombs upon the dust where drums 
once beat when their bare feet ground the earth - and pretend to let no memories rise. 
Muttered whispers pour from their mouths.

The Triple-eyed-face, third eye turned inward, sits at the table peering, 
shuffling through his favorite thought. He collects a few hands, a few eyes, 
a few hearts, and tosses them in. When they're gone he draws a few more.

The old women collect in a corner, spinning. Hands keep spinning, spinning, 
reaching for the moon. It's just old women. No one notices.

Old men sit against walls of blackened out stars, blue smoke from pipes toked 
curls a tattoo across their palms. Another memory rises, another reach, another moon.

A bow is drawn, a string glides across the underbelly of a wave. The piano 
sails in from another continent. A reed descends solo footed onto the tiles. 
Young bodies, rigid in black cloth stitched against the looseness of their joy, stride
with well placed steps between the pools of light cast down upon the polished floor. 
This is a sophisticated dance. No one sings. 

The old men drape memories across the high heels, spiked kicks, slicked back hair 
and drop matches, smoldering, at their feet. All that's left of the old women 
are their spinning, spinning hands reeling in the moon.

She draws a mask across her eyes, approaches the table in one slow turn and sits down. 
Ombre tones in languid waves pour from her face. The Triple-eyed face, two eyes leering, 
deals the cards. One by on they land flat and floating, face up. 
The numbers are always the same. They never change. She knows that.

"Win or loose, there's no in between, numbers never lie," laughs the Triple-eyed-face. 
He laughs again and tosses a spade over his shoulder, "I win." 
Another grave is dug, another tile is laid in another hollow room.

Voices sing softly, sha na na
in a language no one knows.
Little hands stitch straight lines
in the fabric piled before them.
Who's to say, who's to see
the little hands are broken,
who's to listen to their song?

She rises, opens the window, reaches up, lifts the moon from the sky, turns 
and offers it to him. "A gift? Too mystic." says the Triple-eyed-face, 
third eye hinged against emotion. He reaches for her cards. 
She smiles, replaces the moon. It tilts and out comes pouring 
the mellowed howl of a pent up wind.

(note: finally edited and now titled The Hollow Room (2016)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Where Have All The Children Gone?

Don't know. Didn't see
which way they went.

Said they'd be back later.
Might be down by the river
up on the hill

sleeping under a tree.
Could be way over yonder
working the fields

or, they've gone off to sea.
Maybe took to a dreamwalk
out of the blue

barefoot wandering free.
Should be on their way home now
back before long.

Look up and there they'll be.
Till then, open the curtain
set out the lamp.

Might be, they'll need to see
their way home

and, would you light
a candle for me?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Butterfly Logic

Someone told me once, "Whatever you are thinking when you see a butterfly is a good idea." He also said, "Sleep when you are tired. Eat when you are hungry. Work so others can play only if they are children."

I know many things. I know the first star you ever saw will always be your own lucky star. And I know if you work for wages, you will always need money and you will work till you die. A wage brings just enough to eat, a night's sleep under a roof, then you get up and work for another wage and another meal. That's the way of it.

As to that, you must keep secret from the wage payers. Once they find you, they never let you be. But, if you use butterfly logic, you can get away. Otherwise it's a struggle because the wage payers are good talkers and have everyone's ears.

I always dream free in case a butterfly comes by.