Tram Spark
Tuesday, December 30, 2003
Start from how it ends
and turn around
and there you are.

Something was found –
a man in Wisconsin with his head
in a rural mailbox
and the red flag up –
so work it back.

Why was he naked? Who
tucked a Pennysaver
between his buttocks?
Who circled the snow blower
ad on page seventeen?

Why was a snow blower ad placed
by a Mr Rivers of an address
in New Mexico that never existed,
I'm sure?

Do you really think the tracks
of a green John Deere snow blower
like the one in the ad
would ever be found where the ad
says the home should be?

Her mother, Firn,
named my wife Neve.
How could my wife
have been named Neve?

Why was this mailbox
built in New Jersey
put up in Wisconsin?
Are there no other mailbox factories
in this country?

How could he press a head
with such large ears
into a mailbox? He must have
heard something. He must have
heard everything. He must
have had help.

And now he runs backwards,
feet first
from the mailbox
out onto the side of the road.
Am I getting closer?

It becomes simpler hour by hour.
Turn around
and there you are. 
Sunday, December 28, 2003
I've run out. You've seen a crow
morning, a thousand crows awake,
a thousand times. You know how
I'll black them in, poor cold crows. 
With just the earth afoot
our parents now laid out
better than spiteful gods
a one-tree paradise they built
just off the turnpike
and felt out a small whole
world one grown for each
fat baby spurning greens
or spitting up blood-milk. 
Oh my goodness
is wrung from me
for you, fondling
of a moment.
I might have said
I just loved you
just now. 
Thursday, December 25, 2003
Forget her mouth;
Her cower of lust
sets her back
just so, just so. 
The ghosts I think will never come
are snow drifts sealing doors,
a blue cigarette spiral, a sudden
hair pin, an old welding mask,
rows of unreadable books,
a kettle still hot, cups warm,
then a fine creeping mist of gasoline
and oil and hair spray and leather
safety belts and boots and hair dye
and horse grain and shortbread
and ginger cake. Sweet Drambuie
burns in the throat for those far awa'. 
Tuesday, December 23, 2003
On Christmas day a British craft will land
Among the Martian stones and dry dead seas,
While at a Herschel telescope they stand
To watch the Union Jack rip in the breeze. 
Monday, December 22, 2003
A crocodile could eat you
before you know a crocodile
could eat you. How
the hunt can continue.

We could stake a goat
to this shore
and wait, we could set a cage
in the water. Crocodile
could still eat you. 
Saturday, December 20, 2003
In a fable of thirteen fish
one sees the other twelve
in warm soft roll
see twelve others
color at the patient fisher

A saucy tune he beats
for twelve ascending
and a last returning
upon a maid's bare back,
a tattoo down smooth
ring bones about the
shivering nerve

Beneath the skin
she rises and rises 
Wednesday, December 17, 2003
The mermaid is half-
monkey and half-fish.
You touch it
with the mummy finger
and she speaks:
give up the sea
for shore, give up
this falling wave for me.
Her song is monkey
and her song is fish.
She is her self
constructed whole.
You sway on
groaning boards
and look at land and sea.
The seam between
the two is just a slip
and home is just so far. 
Saturday, December 13, 2003
Chicago is also cold and lone
for women knocking bricks together
to make heat. If she likes
to scour the oven more than most,
well, girls settle down and learn
the insides of things. 
Clockwise in a restaurant shot
I am the flasher in the mirror
caught eternally in a fuzz and revealed
after subsequent developments
as the man with red eyes. 
Thursday, December 11, 2003
I read other poets
to see what you can
get away with
So far pretty much

I read other poets to see
what you can
So far pretty much

I read other poets so far
pretty much I read
other poets

so far get away

I read what you can
pretty much
so far 
if this is
all our words mean everything
if this is all our words mean
everything
if this is all our words
mean everything if this is all
our words
mean everything if this is all
our words 
Dr Margaret Singer is dead. The cause was respiratory. She knew how North Korea and Patricia Hearst worked. Dr Margaret Singer knew how North Korea and Patricia Hearst worked. Dr Margaret Singer knew how it went in North Korea and Patricia Hearst. The cause was respiratory. North Korea and Patricia Hearst. She saw how they worked and now she is gone. Her battles made her a target and now Dr Margaret Singer is dead. She found dead animals on her doorstep and now she is dead. Dr Margaret Singer, who knew how North Korea and Patricia Hearst. 
Men wearing
white gloves mime
horns at funerals.
Then stolen bells
bring false sanctity
to dumb, dumb songs,
all night long.
This one goes out
to the caller on the line:
turn your radio down. 
Wednesday, December 10, 2003
In Detroit they forget I am going
and show me the fountain first
and bright clean coins thrown in.
Then a shit in a changing room
with handles you must not touch
and a surprise flush.
Then the fountain and coins thrown in
and they look clean through me
and ask me to peel off my shoes.
I am going. My father is not dead yet.
I am going and they show me
the fountain and bright clean coins
and here are you shoes. I've never
been to Detroit and here are my shoes. 
When uncle skeleton lived
he put me in his robin's egg
blue convertible Thunderbird
and slipped me across the border
and up the Queen Elizabeth
Way past the speed limit
for my little passenger ghost.
I should have screamed
for him but cars just go. 
We sat near one another in bright chairs
in the food court before the early show
with eternal green plants and fountains.
There were diamonds laid away here,
were bracelets with your name engraved
in gold for free. There was a white sale.
There were all the cheeses of the world. 
Friday, December 05, 2003
In Wales they
step through streets
and catch cats midair
claws and all.
We could clean our chimneys
with this tail started.
And they catch them
one-eyed, midair
claws and all
in Wales. 
Thursday, December 04, 2003
I like the way you never change
the lock when I'm not home 
Wednesday, December 03, 2003
not enough helicopters or officers
to plow this field
it's a giggly lovefest on the ground
run through rotors
they'd still die before they spoke 
Monday, December 01, 2003
Whose cat is this? The little fuck
Is really pushing all his luck.
Nine lives are not enough if I
Slip on a pile of kitten muck.

This little cat might think it queer
To shit without a catbox near,
But fucking does it anyway.
He must not hold his nine lives dear.

I wish to do what others do
Who own a stinking cat or two:
Buy kitty litter, pour it out,
And watch the box fill up with poo.

This kitty litter, Mousy Tongue,
Is perfect for your little bung,
But life is piles of hidden dung,
But life is piles of hidden dung. 

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