8/8 fragment poem

Well, I couldn’t call it ‘Sunday impressions’ because there’s already a Pizzicato Five song by that name.

Good morning to the lucky day
on calendars halfway around the world

How it happened to come here
is a human invention that managed to stick
because it has a logic all its own
that we’ve so far failed to grasp

Infinity and infinity
side by side
perhaps not a perfect day
but a perfect day to be a bride
or to enjoy the ride

There are only so many Sundays
in a lifetime

Enjoy them while you can

* * * * * * * * * *

Desire will eat you alive, if you let it

I confess to feeling hungry
but not quite knowing what I want

Symmetry is not one of my strong suits

* * * * * * * * * *

The old, old story
is sometimes worth repeating

A lonely echo
sounding between notes
in a corner of the room

* * * * * * * * * *

Only say ‘I love you’ if you mean it

I’m sure I mean it
but I can’t help wondering
if it’s for the right reasons

I’ve been told before
I just don’t want to be alone

Does that mean it can’t be love?

* * * * * * * * * *

There are still three or four messages
I’ve kept on my phone

I deleted the last one
because that wasn’t the last thing
I wanted to remember

I remember it anyway

* * * * * * * * * *

Point of order:

If you’ve seen The Hotel New Hampshire
what do remember
besides Wallace Shawn and the bear?

* * * * * * * * * *

I’m secretly a fan of bittersweet stories
about happiness found
and happiness lost but held onto
until the end
memories locked in a trunk
at the foot of the bed

That would never happen to me

* * * * * * * * * *

The talk these days
is of irony and poetic justice
visiting retribution Old Testament style

The more cynical observe
that ‘avoid it like the plague’
means something else now

As I see it
they have become the very thing they hate
and they like it

* * * * * * * * * *

The sun just came out
the curtains are glowing

For a second there
I thought the flames
had reached the city

or that mutual assured destruction
might be a real thing

or that maybe someone out there
liked the song I was playing

(What a strange little performance
my thoughts have put together!)

And now the sun
is back behind the clouds
pretending nothing happened

(8 August 2021)

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