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Monday, January 02, 2012

Going 10 rounds with devotional poetry
or
Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī vs. God

The greedy conversation
Grappling in that erotic way
Feverish and outstanding
Trading fours
Giving as good as you get
Two poets, boxers punching themselves hard in the nose
Until they're just a little dead
That's strange action at a distance
Making love the real thing, not dreams
Leave the lights on
Heck, put a mirror up in a corner

Write Me a little something on that mirror before you go.
or on paper
Write Me a little something.
fold it
Write Me a little something.
drop it in a fountain, or a pocket
Write Me a little something, please today.

1 comment:

laamie said...

left you a long note and accidentally deleted it...
i was thinking about the ocean today and how much of it is between me and my friends...i was thinking about you and thought i saw your black hair...saw you driving...your old white car with a roof rack heaving under an assortment of sporting goods..

i love this poem. i love the conversation between this poet and god...i love them being equals in the exchange i love the asking...i imagine this note folded like a paper swallow floating, carrying a bit of salty air and fog from one poet to another....