Sunday, January 18, 2009

improvisational sequence

1
Sun over snowfield
feeble blot of whitish ink
leaking through gray cloud

2
Cantankerous crow
complains of the cold
with a colder cry

3
Wine gladdens the heart
bread strengthens the sinews and
oil makes the face shine

4
Woman with eyes like
stars in the midnight sky
where have you gone

5
Trudge through snow
toward the Sunday sacrifice
beatific day

6
Slumdog Millionaire
and the other much-praised films
don't think I'll see them

7
O tremendous dream
of ecstatic atonement
you've disturbed my peace

8
Noise of fretful mind
much concerned with that and this
will you never cease

9
Miss Marianne Moore
sapient Presbyterian
Brooklyn Confucius

10
when my life is spent
how stern will Your mercy be
how sweet Your justice