Stetson

He’s gone now, my stupid dog with his stupid grin and the floppy ears tattooed for racing.   He’s gone now with his elegant stance and his beautiful eyes and his fast, keen wisdom.   He’s gone now and all the thousands of times I let him out in the middle of the night are gone with him.   He’s gone now and I will never fail again to console him during thunderstorms or pick up his mess or ask myself how any dog could be so dignified and funny.   He’s gone now and I wish I could go with him or he return to me and just walk with this stupid, empty leash.   He’s gone now, but we will meet again and again and again, every time I think of him and know he thinks of me, winning every race amidst the clouds. ♥

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Prayer For A Poisoner

May the dogs you have killed haunt you. May the coyotes and foxes and raccoons you have slain awaken and come together and speak the same language and find you. May they squeeze from their loins and guts the essence of what you left for them to find and may they feed it to you. May you realize too late what you ate is not intended to satisfy your hunger, but the hunger of their lives for justice and if not justice, vengeance will do. May you die slowly, fully aware you will not survive in this world or the next, because you served death to life and death is a loser. You are a loser. Take a big bite. Chew it up real good. Now swallow. ♠

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Everything Is More Important Than Love

The floor needs sweeping. The dog needs food. Odds and ends need keeping. The garbage must go out. The job is only money. Money goes away. The world turns automatically and misery stays. The railroads would be dandy, but railroads don’t run. People do what they do of necessity or fun. Love is such a bother and righteousness so cool. Everyone is digital. No one wants to be a fool. ♥

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Broken Arms

If I held you in my arms which have seen so much work, would you know they had been broken? Would you miss the supple suave and strong enfolding for the rough vise they have become? If I held you in my arms and loved you, would you know my heart had been broken? Would you miss the steady pulse and surrender to the fracture? Would you let me love you if you knew my heart had been broken? Would you remember animals others have forsaken make the most adoring pets? ♥

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Magnificat

Karl my beautiful cat was caught in a trap and they put him to sleep and they took off his leg and when he awoke he only had three, because he lay in the trap for days and they saw the leg was dead, but he lived, my beautiful cat named Karl. He wants to help me write this. He keeps pushing the pen with his nose. “What do you want to tell them, Karl? What? Are you sure? OK, I’ll see if I can make them understand.” Karl says, “The secret of happiness is purring with three, not meowing for one.” ♥

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Friday 7:30am

There are times when it doesn’t. Times when it won’t. Times when never. Times it’s no. Times darkness not light, defeat and error win again. Then comes divine revelation. Perfect wisdom and resolve. Light dawns and hope triumphs. It’s time to take out the trash. ♥

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Solitude Takes It All

Hello. Who are you? Whoever you are, whoever you believe yourself to be you need to do You well. Be best You, because I am. Made that way by crushing forces, heat you never dreamed and fear daring me to be afraid and I can prove it, because when no on there applauds or spits I know the truth of who I am and know I will go back to where I’m from. So be your best. I am. ♦

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Licked

It all started with the postage stamps. They sold for a penny or two. Maybe three and celebrated, no make that commemorated people and events. Make that real people and events.   Two things happened at the same time. The price of the stamps went up and the cost of the stamps went down.   No, make that the cost of what it took to be commemorated on a stamp went down.   Once it took a penny and patriotism. Once it took two cents and sacrifice. Three cents and honor.   Now it takes over half a dollar and entertainers, toys, cartoons and slogans.   God forbid you put your tongue on these. They’re self adhesive. We’re already licked.   ♠

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In Defense of the Realm

When much younger, listen to me children, I wrote out my heart on pieces of paper and sent them all away out to the world and the world unfailingly threw them back into my face, all of them into a face they never knew.   Oh yes, rejected, neglected, incarcerated without trial or appeal they kept their counsel and I kept mine, changed by their changelessness.   For you see, the inscrutables are right. Every no engenders yes somewhere else. I’m OK with that. Really, I’m OK.   You never know what I’ve discovered and you keep rejecting me the way you always have you never will. ♠

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SHAME

To the Pathetic Members of the Extraordinary Session of the Wisconsin Legislature There are desperate people in this State. People who can’t get out of bed in the morning because they’re so sick or afraid or depressed or impoverished or hooked on some filthy drug they took because they were in pain or sick or afraid or depressed or impoverished.   Now you come with your titles and your personal fortunes and your letterhead with matching envelopes at taxpayer expense and your benefits and the best medical insurance money can buy and your reserved parking spots and club memberships and you argue in the sacred halls and chambers built before any of you were born by people who spit more eloquently than you speak and you dare to bicker before the people because you don’t like the very rules you were elected and sworn to uphold.   You call each other […]

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