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David Kowalczyk

Measured Lives

The green time
of the green world


is not, has never
been, nor ever
will be


the red time
of the red world.

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My Favorite Graffiti

On the concrete wall of
a very small bridge over
the Tucson River is scrawled:

'Blow something up! '

Underneath it is written
'Forget yourself, and all
will go well.'

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Meditating Like Mencius

Seemingly mummified in
the huge bamboo chair
upon his veranda,


he stares at
the blazing orange sunset,
heart/mind focused perfectly,


until both he
and the sunset
disappear.

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The Strawberry Moon

will turn your
big Macs into chateaubriand
cockroaches into poodles
eyes into shooting stars
lips into roses
heart into the giant
Ghiardelli chocolate bar
it has always dreamed
of being

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The Square Root of Knowledge

Know ye now the fruits
of the Tree of Knowledge
of Good and Evil.


Illusionary good.
Imaginary evil.


Dreams poisoned by shame.
Hearts twisted by guilt.


Visions blinded and
voices muted.

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Pollock's 'Convergence' In The Eyes of Richard Milhous Nixon

Wicked
Exuberant
Syzygy
Opulent
Osmotic
Necromancy


Charming
Unfettered
Inspiration
Blasphemous
Pristine
Dynamite


Lush
Tempestuous
Solipsism
Divine

[...] Read more

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Father: A Winter Storm

I realized today
that winter would
not exist without
you, Father.


In a world where death
is confused with life,
your breath crystallizes
fear into snow.
Mounds and piles of snow.


Only when your breath
stops
will this snow ever cease.

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April Fools

Spring. A great yellow stain.
Forsythias burst and daffodils explode.
Swallows hurry back from Mexico
and are bitten by
the laughing snows of April.


Spring, the smile
of a ninety-year old man
who can't hear a thing you say
yet keeps talking to you nonetheless.


Spring and dreams
have that in common.

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The Ever-Diminishing Half-Life of Immortality

Being a famous author
certainly isn't
what it used to be.


In 1969, the term 'supernova'
best described Richard Brautigan.
In 1984, he was reduced to a twinkle
in the smog-choked sky.
In 2019, when the last remaining copy of
Trout Fishing in America is sold
for a quarter at a Friends of the Library sale
in Yakima, Washington
he will officially be designated
as a black hole.

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Father's Pants

Because the past five months
of chicken wings, television,
nostalgia, and stale beer
began splitting the seams of my
38 wwaists, inherited curses surfaced.


Father's lament, 'If it ain't one
thing, it's another! ' became mine,
as did his habit of slapping a frustrated
hand against the back of a neck bent
with defeat.


Staring at the threadbare denim
which covers my flesh and buries
my soul, I start to sweat.

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