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What Remains 

When you don’t have

the guy or gal

you pine for, 

or

the status, 

the moolah, 

the stuff, 

the image, 

the revenge

the whatever

dream, 

or

the same games you’re stuck with

tired

you rid for replacements,

still the same, 

well, then, you are

self

endlessly 

chasing 

self,

aren’t you?

Enough, 

exhausted

through and through, 

what remains without

transparently

truly lives with others. 

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Your Dollar 

A dollar 

is a form mediating exchange, 

a form of communication:

of desire, of hurt,

of togetherness and separation. 

Each bill becomes worn

by chains of human hands

reaching

after world things

and shaping 

grand and petty schemes. 

Some times

a dollar is an end in itself, 

its possession the possession 

of inchoate possibility

yielding its bearer 

immediate status

(in the bearer’s own eyes

and/or in the eyes of others). 

A dollar is a form

of the endless fabrication

of personal and social identity 

and value. 

It is invested with meaning,

any meaning. 

If you listen closely 

to what it whispers

as you seek it

or when it is in your hands, 

you will hear

who you are. 

Timeline 

It is not that the future

can only be said to lie ahead;

the future, and the present, 

lie in the wake of the past

as it vanishes over the horizon. 

Monsters 

Monsters exist,  

coming to get you, 

but they are too big to see,

getting even bigger

by a melting-away.

And yet they are fed

only by your tiny offerings – 

turning an ignition key, 

carrying food home

in a plastic bag,

leaving a light on. 

The monster

of your small

boundless insatiability 

magnified

across our species 

is waking other 

monsters peering

from ocean rise

to thunder and quake

earth

and choke air. 

Climate 

You are not born alone. 

To be human 

is to center a climate, 

to emerge 

out of geography, culture, 

and language. 

To be human

is to weather. 

Rules 

Life is sometimes ruled

by disgust 

and sometimes

by certitude – 

where do they come from? 

Here

Sometimes you just

ignore ignoring

(ignoring, hard work)

and (simple) you are here. 

Each Thing 

Each thing 

stands in its own absolute integrity

because it manifests

infinite unfathomable functioning. 

Blindsight 

The sight of isolating self 

cannot see. 

It is time for blindsight, 

clear through the air, 

wind on the face

of every breath. 

Opening

Every single one

opens a gate

upon what is never closed.