Yellow Umbrellas Lost on the Bus Between You & Me: 1, 2, 3

Posted on 04 November 2009

Umbrella #1) You Amaze Me

If I ask too much of you / if my dance be too eager
my hands too cupped too empty too ready

tell me aloud
rinse my eyelids with snowfall
cast my shadows beyond the wall of your garden

(your unnamable garden)
you amaze me / I need to tell you
you amaze me

earth be the pillow of my bare feet
dirt creasing my arches
I am well grounded

but can touch the burning
meteor as it trails
light through my rooms

light permeates darkness

Umbrella #2) Disabled Landmines

Our touch / our lack of touch is a series of landmines

disabled in the vastness of being

each fingerprint pressures my vertebrae

one-half inch higher I would be paralyzed from the heart down

a rhyme of the landmine disabled

but truly we have only the memory of treachery

we have our castles

our dogs & our children our parents our spouses living or not

they clamor “this is not a war any longer”

they clamor “the haunt is not haunted / the dead will visit you no more
should you trace the chalk outline on the floor”

dear homeland: sunlight wind & air

Umbrella # 3) The Windows Speak

I just realized it is raining outside
I hear water striking the leaves like tongues

I lost my yellow umbrella / left it somewhere
on a train or that noonlight bus
between you & me

I am the fingerprint on your vertebrae
I am the animal sniffing out the live landmine

you may have the optic illusion of my face
when reading the back of cereal boxes
or Beckett’s plays

or milk cartons
though I think I am missing
only to myself

& the sun knows where I am
& the moon knows where I am
& the water, he always finds me

river or ocean or rain

(suddenly I know my dreams
rise in my morning breath like red horses
cantering off into the realm

where the windows speak
& the sacred is the profane)

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