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Guns and Grudges

Who knows the questions?  or the time?
What if there is no time?
What if all the time has all been wasted, or lost?

When karma comes around,
where will it go?

Why keep running into the same things?
How did we get here?

If only I knew
how to fix it all–
I would be honored
to be unremissed.

I’ve been having trouble completing things lately. Bjorn at dVerse has us asking Google to finish our thoughts. Perfect.

What I learned:
1) Many of those searching on Google are thinking about death–lots of killing and dying going on.
2) And remiss. Many many of us feel we are remiss.

Hall of Mirrors

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Does the end know it’s beginning?
Does it discard everything
to become what it is not,
to close what is open?

Does it discard everything
and remove all the names
to close what is open?
Does it empty out all the dreams

and remove all the names?
Is it now before or after?
Does it empty out all the dreams
into infinite light, or infinite darkness?

Is it now, before, or after
that the forms disintegrate and rearrange,
become infinite light and infinite darkness?
Which shadow follows, which one leads?

Do the forms disintegrate and rearrange
or do they freeze and then evaporate?
Which shadow follows, which leads?
Which line arcs into the turning?

Does it freeze and then evaporate
to become what it is not?
Which line arcs into the turning?
Does the end know its beginning?

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The prompt for Day 2 of NaPoWriMo asks us to begin and end our poem with a question.  What better form for this than a pantoum?

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Junk Mail Art: Questions 99 and 88

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What kind of fool am I?
here be the head of a dragon
Is this just fantasy?
here be the tail of a snake

Is that all there is?
here be the head of a dragon
What do you see?
here be the tail of a snake

Do you believe in magic?
here be the head of a dragon
Is there life on Mars?
here be the tail of a snake

What are you waiting for?
here be the head of a dragon
How soon is now?
here be the tail of a snake

Does anybody really know what time it is?
here be the head of a dragon
How can I be sure?
here be the tail of a snake

Who knows where the time goes?
here be the head of a dragon
What is it good for?
here be the tail of a snake

Is this real life?
here be the head of a dragon
Have you ever seen the rain?
here be the tail of a snake

What kind of fool am I?
here be the head of a dragon
What does it all mean?
here be the tail of a snake

Another piece in the mythology series.  NaPoWriMo had a prompt for a call and response poem a few days ago, and a little research turned up the Chinese saying, “the head of a dragon, the tail of a snake”.  It certainly goes well with the collage, but as to what it means…???  A cryptic response deserves a cryptic call, I say.  Especially since I could combine the saying with “here be dragons”, an indicator on a map for what is unknown.

Call and Response is an old form used in the blues, children’s play songs, and sea chanties, and modern songwriters have employed it many times.  My model here is Simon and Garfunkel’s “Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme”.  And if you recognize the questions in the calls, you, like me, have listened to way too much pop music over the last 50 years.

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