Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4

1. Get enough food to eat,
       and eat it.

2. Find a place to sleep where it is quiet,
       and sleep there.

3. Reduce intellectual and emotional noise
    until you arrive at the silence of yourself,
       and listen to it.


I Live in the Twentieth Century

I live in the Twentieth Century
and you lie here beside me.   You
were unhappy when you fell asleep.
There was nothing I could do about
it.   I felt helpless.   Your face
is so beautiful that I cannot stop
to describe it, and there's nothing
I can do to make you happy while
   you sleep.

I Feel Horrible. She Doesn't

I feel horrible. She doesn't
love me and I wander around
the house like a sewing machine
that's just finished sewing
a turd to a garbage can lid.

Love Poem
    It's so nice
to wake up in the morning
    all alone
and not have to tell somebody
    you love them
when you don't love them
    any more.

Widow's Lament

It's not quite cold enough
to go borrow some firewood
from the neighbors.

Star Hole

I sit here
on the perfect end
of a star,

watching light
pour itself toward

The light pours
itself through
a small hole
in the sky.

I'm not very happy,
but I can see
how things are