The only thing that makes me rise
Is the pull of a cuppa hot joe.
I’m pretty much a shambling schmoe
‘Til its molecules unshutter my eyes.
I know it should be clear blue skies,
or the hectoring of a morning crow,
or my lover’s touch so sweet and slow,
or the cat’s plaintive, spoilish cries.
But: what if nature abhorred caffeine?
And suddenly: no more java.
What then of this shallow, de rigueur routine?
Could I make do with a bean that is fava?
I feel that would force the golden mean
fallacy; so no sacred bean, no nirvana.
Assorted citrus jellies or
lively mismatched buttons
for her spring-green
I would rather run than fly
in dreams, because
I used to run,
but I could never fly.
The road before seemed light
highbeams snicked to lowbeams,
clear lines to follow right
A glance, a smile exchanged
(seconds, no more), and the night
clicked to sadness.
We watched the sight dim in its eyes.
Nothing to be done
but drive on,
blinding all oncomers
with unwavering brights.
The air is gravid with possibility today.
Clouds chase the humidity to ground, their grey
sending the neighborhood cats
Dogwoods light the woods from within,
though not rare, somehow
Cardinals arrow through the gathering branches,
against a brief punch-out of blue.
Tiny goblets of rain toast this day,
the sound and fury it will make,
Who would have thought
as cute little kids
that we could turn on ourselves
in such a way. The world
is cruel enough, but wayward chemicals
in vulnerable brains
can be much crueler indeed.
I can offer no sage advice, only
for peace in mind,
a quiet place to settle,
and only as much self-chosen adventure
as you can stand.
I know it is a tree
but to my ears
it is a small nocturnal marsupial,
pied, with violet saucer eyes,
and nests in the thigh of the violet sugar tree.
She keeps her young in a button-down flap,
and sneaks him lollyflowers
of pollen and grape.
When he has grown, they play
tumbledown and leapfaerie
throughout the night.
At dawn, they settle into the thigh
of the violet sugar tree,
and dream of dodging bees
and flutterbys of green.
He will go to find his mate,
and she, empty-pocketed,
lives out her days in a circle of mothers,
teaching the young ones to dance
the jacaranda rondo.