I went on vacation to go to Ohio,
Someone could've said, "Oh, why go?"
Because it was my cousin's kid's birthday
Danielle, a girl who likes to play.
She'll be 7 years old on 7/7/07,
It shows that little girls are made in Heaven.
Thursday the 28th, we went to Laconi's,
Had a lot of pizza with pepperoni's,
Friday the 29th, took Annie for a walk,
And my oh my could this 3-year old talk
She threw rocks in a puddle to see the splash
"Yucky seaweed" as she threw in some trash
1:00-2:00-went to Texas Roundhouse for eats
My sister and nephew showed up, we got seats
You could eat peanuts, that's what there for
But you shouldn't just drop the shells on the floor
Saturday the 30th-we went to the zoo
John took his kids, Danielle came along too.
The first thing we saw were the penguins on display
And we went through the zoo, it was okay.
We stopped for burgers, dogs, and macaroni
Then the kids got to see a big pretty pony.
There was a place you could play, the kids wanted to go
So we allowed them to play for a moment or so.
Then we came to a choo-choo train, and you know
The kids had to ride it before they would go.
So it was quality time spent with the youth of my clan,
The Albanese kids had a father named Dan.
That is, Carly, Danielle and Kyle,
Each of these kids gives me a smile.
The Mcilroys have little Annie and Sean
A third babie's arriving from Melinda and John
Sunday the 30th-we had a brunch
And it's hard to say if it was breakfast or lunch
We had an egg casserole to stuff our bellies
And english muffins with butter and jellies
The kids were swimming in a pool out behind
And none of the adults seemed to really mind
The birthday party was happening later
KFC which would almost be catered
Buckets of chicken would be for the guests
The kids were behaving almost their best
I played with Annie on the front lawn
Making plado snakes until her father John
Showed up, and we knew, it was time to eat chicken,
And as they say, it was finger lickin'!
Then Kyle took the role of a host,
He showed us a film he made about a ghost.
It was pretty funny, not too scary,
He has to shave now, he's getting quite hairy.
It was time for Danielle to open her stuff,
She got a lot, but never quite enough.
But she was old enough to appreciate what she'd receive,
Because don't you know there will be more on Christmas Eve!
It was time to go home, and I wished them all well
And wished good birthday blessings on my cousin Danielle.
All those seven's must mean she's lucky as can be,
I'm glad she's a character in my family tree!
My cousin will have a third baby in a week or two
My sister will have a baby girl. September's when she's due
All these babies in my family makes me have a wish
That I can continue to keep collecting tropical fish!
These are the only babies I can seem to really handle,
When they have their birthday, I don't even need a candle!
Whose eyes watched the killing.
As one feels a stare at one's back
You feel on your bodies
The glances of the dead.
* * *
You who raised no hand in murder,
But who did not shake the dust
From your longing,
You who halted there, where dust is changed
— Nelly Sachs,
tr. from German by Ruth and Matthew Mead —
How wanly they flicker
in their humdrum dying,
these unwelcome ghosts,
dim shadows on the Nightly News
who haunt the corners
of our ruined imaginings.
They have breathed the toxic dust
of our toxic dreams till
they can dream and breathe no more.
Glorious dreams animate
our nightly news and in our sacred longing
we rain poison on sinner and sinned-against,
props in our longed-for Holy War.
I who raised no hand in murder
cannot shake the dust from my longing.
I cannot dream simple dreams of
simple glory. I choke in the toxic dust
of broken dreams and broken bodies.
The call of the dove is not heard in our land
and the time of singing is past.*
Let us not dream
that out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword,
that with it he should smite the nations.**
In a still small voice let us whisper†
honeyed words of peace.
In peaceful homes and
in the streets of busy cities,
in office and factory,
farm and school, in the
chambers of the mighty,
let dreams of glory cease.
Let us raise our voices,
lay siege to heaven and earth
with our modest plea
that no dream of glory dare
annihilate the blameless child,
let us sing
that hope is not forlorn,
that there's glory enough
in the shining eyes
of a swaddled child that
(today at least)
we suffer not to slaughter
on the sacred altar
of our sacred dreams.
* Inversion of The Song of Songs 2:10
** The Book of Revelation 19:15
† I Kings 19:12
Other Biblical allusions:
Surfing through the cosmos
upon a blazing comet.
Sailing unknown galaxies.
Glowing, gem-like planets.
A twilight zone symphony.
Encore for my performance!
Aura of such great power beyond comprehension.
An aurora pales in comparison.
Zodiacal constellations form the one-finger salute
as I jet by at light speed.
Crashing through the shores.
Shores of the universal boundary.
Vortex of alien souls.
Skimming across astral graveyards.
Eat my cosmic dust!
Wiping out in a black hole,
I know I'm not alone.
A black hole filled with those who have failed.
Who have failed to conquer
the cosmic sea.
Who have dared to surf
the cosmic sea.
Like a buoy I bob and barrel roll
I am into you then under you
I dive where only your shadow flickers
An errand into the extreme
Underneath, the abysmal plain yawns wide
So far down the darkness is warm
But even deeper a great trench grinds its teeth
Into sand and mud
With terrible tremor quakes
The silt is split
And I nautilus crawl along
Searching for safety in lacerations
I hide in the fissures that fracture the bottom
Catching only a glimpse of the gloom above
You'll never find me
But it is enough for you to know that I am here
Wallowing in your waterworks
Your conquest over me complete
Once lived a fisherman of low degree
whose lack of wealth had left upon him stamped
distaste for his poor life upon the sea,
and, thus, one night, a wistful dream he dreamt.
Within the dusk of his imaginings
he made himself a tailor, who, by trade,
worked over fine and costly woolen things,
and by whose skilled and agile hand was made
a rich man's cloak. Ah, came such sweet reward,
the gold that rich man found he could afford.
But now the tailor sighed in misery,
for surely, in a world of romance
a living could be gleaned more easily
than from the needle's silent silver dance.
So wild thoughts went scrambling through his head
as he laid down upon his village bed.
In dreams, he was that noble man by birth
whose wealth had given him a yearning taste
for honeyed gold. Forgotten was the worth
of tailor's trade, and with the greatest haste
he fit himself into the courtly plan
which floated 'round the rich and noble man.
Yet even this became not quite enough,
for there, within the noble's haughty mind
reeked discontent, that rotten putrid stuff
which breeds in any place where it can find
a shelter. Need we say the noble found
his comfort in the land where dreams abound?
And what fantastic goal could higher be
in one of such a wealthy social ring
than that of gracious royal dignity?
Thus, now, the noble man became the king.
(Perhaps he thought with dreams so fine and high
his troubled thoughts might shrivel up and die.)
One thinks that discontent would sure retreat
on reaching this, the high majestic throne!
Yet strange things be. And strong within the beat
of blood that surged in royal veins was shown
that human goals don't cease within the court.
And, yet, this dream was of another sort.
Beside a window sat his majesty,
his head a 'nodding in a sleepy rhyme
as he looked out upon the restless sea
and watched the rhythmic billows and the brine
that frothed upon the waves all pounding cold,
a purer crown than any made of gold.
So thought the king within his musing heart
that life upon the wild and changing deep
would be more life than he could ever start
to live. Then, into his light and fitful sleep
he fell, his better dreams by bad ones choked,
'til he cried out-the fisherman awoke!
Poor man. He trembled silent in his bed,
then raised himself, and to the window crept.
He saw the bright moon shining overhead
and watched the silver billows as they leapt
upon the sea. Then smiled he, indeed.
No gold or silver more, now, did he need.
To wake up the sleeping night sky
there descended the stars
from the four sides
making unbearable noises in unision
with all kinds of musical instruments,
uncontrollably behaving in rowdy fashion -
shouting and whistling.
Unseen until now,
the memories of mine
somewhere silently hiding
in the chambers of my heart,
hearing this utter commotion,
falling down and getting up amass
in a hurry,
not even throwing a passing glance at me
whom they truly belong to.
In one leap
jumping on the backs of the clouds
galloped towards the stars
in the sky.
Memories hibernating so long
in the locked room of my consciousness
came out suddenly
not recognizing my very presence, and
left as they emerged in a split second,
leaving me alone
standing and staring in disbelief.
My awaiting eyes
have never seen them until now.
It mattered not to them that
I was drenched in ecstatic joy
first time I saw them
coming out of me.
The forgotten memories of mine that
spread the whole span of my life,
remained obscured so long, and
when they appeared
as a glimpse
for the first time,
I could not see them
for my hearts content
even for a minute,
unable to hug them in silence
for a second,
nor touched their heads
with my loving hands,
as they simply
as an unfamiliar passer by.
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