Tram Spark
Tuesday, December 31, 2002
Folk Tale

She wore a dress out
around town we all
knew secondhand and
on sight. Women cut her
long throat more than
once and still she danced.
Then some bastard
married her, maybe,
or she died. Anyway,
here I am trying to
put a name to her hips. 
Sunday, December 29, 2002
Suppose not she,
but she, were here.
How would it be?
A different dinner then. 
Saturday, December 28, 2002
I filmed a skin
flick last night
you were in it
between Catho
lic schoolgirls
starched nurses
French maids
lonely house
wives and eager
cheerleaders
doing the splits.
You were pretty
good in your
squirrel suit—
nice touch, the
fluffy tail dance
—but your mind
seemed elsewhere. 
Thursday, December 26, 2002
Kids are talking the art
of death and death of
art in here. I listen and
like their curves, the bend
of their necks and backs,
the bowls of their skulls. 
Friday, December 20, 2002
Conjure summer
pull your teeth
now snap through
this buffed apple
into juice for your
tongue and chin 
He's not in, not to be
disturbed, not on this
milk carton, never a
bomb in the letterbox.
He was supposed to be
locked in a safe, but he
had to get out because
he's not here now. I've
tapped and not a peep.
Here's a tree I've named
after him. We will see
who outgrows who. 
Tuesday, December 17, 2002
At work we bled the radiator,
fiddled the thermostat, then
dropped our tools and looked
up and out the window.
We turned off the lights and
watched an orange moon
come up over the woods,
handymen over the evergreens,
engineers under the moon. 
Sunday, December 15, 2002
My sister only pretends to be invisible.
I see through her. 
This last wisp of year
is good for us even
when we're missing it.

Cracked ice in glass
is as good as nothing
to say in the kitchen.

Pick up your coats and
move away from here
with mister skin. 
I like the way
she takes off
socks, unskins
her feet and
leaves the pelts
cooling.
Now mine. 
Friday, December 06, 2002
Everything she left:

The deed to a house made of dog's bones and little steel keys sold to a girl for an orchard of apples.

The only extant scorecard for the Niagara-Wheatfield and Starpoint high school football game interrupted by ball lightning.

Eighteen interlocking patents pertaining to the construction of spring-loaded reminders.

Scratched in the kitchen counter: "Why she was excited: a bystander's view."

A series of exact sonnets on the fourteen ways.

A cure for ham.

A play about seven women stuck head down in mud up to the waist and dancing synchronized to mud-slapping music.

A macaroni and toothpick construction labeled "Systems of the Child."

On the back of a calendar, twelve chapters of something called "Certain conjectures concerning abandoned determinations."

A song about birds escaped from a menagerie and talking to one another about one thing while working at something else.

A guide for bartenders at the two brothels of Serendipity, outpost of empire.

A corset of one rib too many.

Bread crusts.

Pictures illustrating a manner of approaching fish so as not to disturb their sleep.

A treatise on cloud-bunching as philosophy and method of divination. 
Thursday, December 05, 2002
Then they're dead. You look
back and they're gone and
there's no secret left to keep
from them. They kept theirs
from you, too, and vanished. 
Wednesday, December 04, 2002
Speculum

What grips about
Christianity is the
bits that aren't true
from any early source
but dreamed by someone and
believed by someone else
because the dreams were
beautiful.

Meet Mary Everyvirgin,
God's wife and mother
(don't ask), who hardly
existed except in the cup
and the couple of scrip.
But if she is don't ask
(mystery) indeed then,
someone thought, she
must be perfect forever
god-shot flesh taken
whole into heaven.

And because the
speculators were
holy the thought
must be holy, be
true, and thinkers
be right as the
thought. And so:
she was taken up. 
Monday, December 02, 2002
She busts up through
corset, mushroom stalk
pale and smelling just
of leafy fall, the flesh
of must. 

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