Meditations on War

  1. men are firing CAESAR
    self-propelled howitzers
    in lettuce fields, clouds
    still rain, no matter
    what men do



  2. in a field,
    a trench was dug
    for white bags of corpse on corpse
    to sleep in,

    in the bags, they look like shapes,
    just shapes,
    that’s all



  3. a tank dies and rusts,
    who would have thought
    of that?



  4. a string is pulled,
    a thing fires,
    something is caught:

    it works
    like a trap
    for little birds



  5. a bridge was blown up,
    but in the blue sky,
    a falcon is hunting



  6. grass, why are you so green?
    do you not see how fresh
    these graves are?



  7. I lose my home,
    but I will not
    lose my dog



  8. bomb holes
    and bones of a plane,

    are you stars
    and a beached whale?



  9. shells,

    and then,
    no more body.



  10. you can tell it’s spring
    at the shooting range
    by all the white flowers



  11. why say which side he is on?
    he is dead, and his hands
    are still gloved



  12. smoke is black,
    clouds are white,
    yellow flowers and the bees



  13. the bodies laid
    like mere piles of rags

    they don’t show the face,
    the wounds, or all the blood



  14. can he be saved?
    his eyes are closed,
    his face is so pale



  15. he bowed down
    at what was hid
    by a white cloth



  16. a mother holds her baby
    what is in her eyes
    war can not kill



  17. don’t say to which side
    the dead belong, and
    no one can tell



  18. war is ugly,
    but it makes us
    see beauty



  19. stripped down to life
    and death, everything
    becomes clear



  20. people               became                bodies
    birth                                               death
    vision                                      memories
    thoughts                              nothingness


holly

all equal divine jubilee caress corrode parole indivisible
acts hypothetical unrelatable contrary without pinecone or
consequence or antecedent alone the sun like the bed drinking to the
affair of grave beds the dog holly jumps up in the air and takes the
handle of the leash a relief close to the forest inconsoled has
languages could and would and will jenny for two months the story a
secret she tells dog holly is a special dog dog hollys owner died and
when he was found the dog holly was found lying by his side for
three days dead and the dog holly laid by his side the dog holly a
little white a little spotty a little staffy cross dog holly a special jubilee
running across the street happy in the sun and shade colour of a
bluish not creamish white whitewashed coat of short prick hairs little
body jumping in the air and want to carry something in his mouth
the leash like a rope what is the difference to him just a rope with a
toy at the end its orange a little orange end the sunny edward street
and joan on the balcony all equal divine race and pedigree carcass in
abodes rolled into one thread in the grass that the dog holly chewed
the patch of grass at the door under the tea tree bush small patch of
grass the only one by our door death snatches what profound regret
mixed in the man that quit all things elation the will surprise and joy
pig butchered in the crypto scam soulmate love stolen motorbike
bounced like the dog holly off jenny on edward street window at the
hospital the cold the boredom the hunger of a paper tambourine the
be miserable inside a balloon and the street going under the point of
the sun small white feminine holly the special no tension pretense
shock or salads just holly the dog and jenny the dogs friend and joan
picking up the tea cup it just so happened and I
in my blue amazement


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