12.29.2012

Pending


Pending
for Mike Magoolaghan


support 
suppose
  question mark 
  equivalence

moment 
setting 
toe to the line
  waiting 
to go where
  but 
no where present

no 
course
  but out the back window 
no hand waving 
no trust
  for the podium
  but 
angles toward obsessions 
spurs 
pieces puzzling 
dependent on my 
plotting
  sense in propulsion

charted; the decay 
rapping 
lecture
  dim 
nocturne of rote memory
  in the pages of 

who are you out there

am waving my hand

at peak of utterance 
  but
eagerness 
declines in coil
  a question
as question at

you 
  in ambiguity now
we walked to the library after the faculty club lunch

pleased 
  at opinions double held
is pitiful 
  to think so

will you anoint 

so what

for me then 
to fall 
wonder
  as if this weren't a threat 
and these words tell nothing about it

hermetic 
a dime in dust
  citation 
      phenomenological
or hidden expressivist throat-clearing lyrical 
to hrrumph attention this way

24 hours later 
  the move of a pawn is delivered on paper
     a form 
  best of luck elsewhere
your move has been denied

taste is a habit

no longer are solutions unsolicited 
  no longer are solutions
     perhaps 
but shreds
  paper waterlogged

a way out is all 
investigate every door 
house on fire
  no amount of simple suffering will validate

thus 
exits agonism
  and no confusion over the root 
cushioned
  just sitting asks of you 
survivor 
unreliable witness
  which 
mask 
souvenir on wall in faux porcelain 
smiling 
frowning

  tossed out of the republic remember 
emptiness is
  is emptiness 
if Socrates was a poet
  question as closer to walk out on 
final act

what other way 
what

to cease grasping 
  a pound of sun
and lapping 
  waves to watch to riddle it out
tools 
  to break habits of thought

words 
  rations light
     burn reserves 
  the house
     everything 
but one rock uphill
  skipping toward the windmill 
Goliath

  two doorways share one door 
explication
  in explicables 
telling it as with 
footprints 
painted on floor
  a 
lecture on dance among



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