ten thousand poets
have viewed ten thousand moons
this moon, just one
unloves's the heavenless hell and homeless home
of knowledgeable shadows(quick to seize
each nothing which all souless wraiths proclaim
substance;all heartless spectres,happiness)
lovers alone wear sunlight. The whole truth
not hid by matter;not by mind revealed
(more than all dying life,all living death)
and never which has been or will be told
sings only-and all lovers are the song
Here(only here)is freedom always here
no then of winter equals now of spring;
but april's day transcends november's year
(eternity being so sans until
twice I have lived forever in a smile)
I wonder-- does the coffee stay in your hands?
Let me wash them for you-- I can be as gentle as your voice
As dark as your hair-- as warm as your smile
When you dream, what do you see?
Is there a kite with my name on it flying in your sleeping sky?
Are we two little girls running, chasing a balloon?
When I hold your hand now, is it like we held hands then?
Take me walking-- show me where you grew up,
Or have you grown up?
Because I've watched the way your hands move when you smile
The way your eyes narrow to a laugh, your shoulders shaking
The way your eyes meet mine to say hello
Dallas, Texas, October 1997
I put my foot direct
to the wheels
to be a man here means image
and I've got image somewhere
I learned it
from John Wayne or Ronald Reagan
but I sure can stop a car
everything I do
I mean to do
I'll convince you too
and anyway it's the thing we want to
believe that we all know
how to behave
this car has wheels
and you have a head turned away
to watch the light turn
and I'm Watching You Hard
like men do
in heat that doesn't ever stop
'cause I like it just as hot as hell
and I even like my hat
just like John Wayne or Ronald Reagan
and I say American hard
and Watch It
'cuz I'm Watching You Too.
Antigua, Guatemala, August 1998