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after The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai

 

In this sea, the great rogue wave is always

about to crash, and the fishermen

in their long thin boats

slip themselves forever in its path—

and though it hangs above them

with hundreds of frothing claws,

and though they cower atop their boats,

they’ve yet to be cast off into the sea—

and the moment is forever charged

with an anticipation larger than

the highest mountain, caught in curiosity—

how will it be to be devoured?

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We start with more.

But then, as we age,

there’s a lessening.

Where there once

were 300 bones,

there are now 206.

Where there once was cartilage,

now it’s fused and stiff.

What used to be flexible,

now refuses to be rebirthed.

What once allowed for rapid growth

now considers itself mature.

And how do we get it back,

that willingness to grow?

And how do we unstiffen?

And how do we unknow?

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One Curiosity

 

 

 

so unwillingly

the cat jumps out

of the Christmas tree

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He sings in the corner,

the invisible cricket,

and each time I look for him,

he stops—

 

I don’t wish

to frighten the cricket,

I only want

to watch.

 

What is it in us

that wants to know details,

wants to analyze

how it is done?

 

And what is it in us

that says, close your eyes

and let the song

go on.

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Six Invitations

walk into the wall
walk into the wall, walk in
to the wall, walk into
the wall, walk into the oh,
there’s a door

*

key after key
after three-hundred-sixty-
six keys that do not
fit the keyhole I find
the door’s unlocked

*

stepping through the door
to find
another door

*

who built
all these doorways
anyway?

*

something about
a doorway—it seems to want
to be walked through

*

or is it the walker
who does the wanting,
already I feel
it rising me
curiosity

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