HOW TO STOP LAUGHING WHEN YOU LAUGH
AT INAPPROPRIATE TIMES
While you explained how to survive
A long fall, I could not stop thinking about
How to escape from a sinking car.
There is a one-armed man staring
At me or the photograph above
My head. Split apart with a gap
That mouth a gape.
My brain from a bleeding height
Is not so pretty a picture.
I've been trying to devise a plot,
Plan or scheme, an illicit or illegal one,
One that is ill advised in some way.
Extortion isn't always effective.
When I blow everything up
I promise I won't put everything back
Together in the old and comfortable ways.
Try to maneuver like a spacecraft
Passing sufficiently close to a planet
In order to make some relatively detailed observations
Real children notice arches.
Fake children do not.
HOW TO KNOW THE WORTH OF WHAT
One must be an eye moving rapidly. A dance hall.
An electric train. A clever collision. I am knee high
to a duck, so this is a full-fledged challenge.
I walked far in the snow. Some more ghost bread please.
Oh what a declaration! What a hat with no head!
What a rocket anchor with no rocket.
The choice to attend, again the wrong choice.
Someone says, I can tell you what anything is worth.
A working stove is worth breathing out of order.
An unattained ideal is worth a telescope ladder.
An ice-cream factory, 100 dishonest chickens.
A single spotlight, a most favorable council.
A strange detail, all your love. Brain imaging scans,
a wind-up beetle. A dinosaur is worth
the establishment of a pattern. The sound of shifting feet,
the sound of shifting eyes. A misguided request,
imitation forgetfulness. A weathervane,
being quiet for awhile. A major event. The coincidence
of discovery initiating invention. And I say to someone,
Please let go. I am trying to pay attention.