Good read for the kiddies

November 16, 2019


November 16, 2019

The day after I visit my daughter in prison
I think of how she is not allowed to handle money
not even go near the vending machines
in the visiting room so it is up to me to scan
the glass boxes, memorize, and
walk back to her to
ask what she wants — pizza or fries — for
there is no fruit amidst Cheetos and Skittles
and I think of fruit, of watching her Papa
put a banana peel in the silver ware drawer
when I went to be with him in his last days
at which time he tucked in the banana
with such finesse
before taking off all his clothes
and attempting to button an invisible shirt
around his swollen cancerous belly
It was then he turned to me
lips in a full smile, saying
I’d like to do it again
only next time
I’d like to do it better.
In the decade since he died, I think about It
an elusive pronoun that can function by itself or
partake in discourse: was his It my It? Does it matter as
the past becomes the present
and tomorrow twists memories
of windsong and longing
of the whisper paint made
when it touched his canvas
and stayed, of
Beethoven’s Triple Concerto
washing the walls in a Greenwich Village loft
where I peeled not pages
in a thesaurus, where I measured not words but flour,
where I fed not my soul but his as I sprinkled
powdered sugar on homemade crepes suzette
Would I do any of it again?
Only if I were crazy

Kathryn Gahl

Handy little device

November 16, 2019


November 16, 2019

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.

John Fowles
The French Lieutenant’s Woman


November 16, 2019

We are being eaten by words.
My face is smeared with headlines.

Lisel Mueller
The Private Life

human stupidity

November 16, 2019

One potential remedy for human stupidity is a dose of humility. National, religious and cultural tensions are made worse by the grandiose feeling that my nation, my religion and my culture are the most important in the world – hence my interests should come before the interests of anyone else, or of humankind as a whole. How can we make nations, religions and cultures a bit more realistic and modest about their true place in the world?

Yuval Noah Harari
21 Lessons for the 21st Century

most base and most pure

November 16, 2019

She imagined herself both queen and slave, dominatrix and victim. In her imagination she was making love with men of all skin colours – white, black, yellow – with homosexuals and beggars. She was anyone’s, and anyone could do anything to her. She had one, two, three orgasms, one after another. She imagined everything she had never imagined before, and she gave herself to all that was most base and most pure.

Paulo Coelho
Veronika Decides to Die