JUDGE ME NOT WITH ARROWS

MY FLESH BLEEDS

I CRY THE PAIN

HEAD BENT WHIMPERING

NO DIGNITY IN MY SUFFERING

ONLY WITH HOPE OF ESCAPE

WITHOUT BODILY HARM

BRINGS MY EYES UP LEVEL

FORTH RIGHT WITH PURPOSE

ACUMEN LIKE A FLINT KNIFE

SPARKS IN A DARK CAVE

DO NOT CRY FOR ME

I HAVE KNOWN MANY FINE DAYS.

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WIZENED STICKMAN…

THUMBING A RIDE

DOWN BY THE GATE

GIVE HIM A LIFT TO TOWN

SAYS HE’S HITTING THE TRAIL

TWIG FINGERS PLY THE WEEK LIGHT

UNSATISFIED WITH LIFE’S PROSPECTS

JUST PICK UP AND GO

OH IT’S A GREAT COUNTRY

WIDE AND FREE AND PROMISING

ALWAYS NEW EARTH FOR OLD ROOTS

EVEN AT HIS ANCIENT AGE

TREE RINGS SHIMMERING

IN HIS TOOTHLESS SMILE.

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ALL OUR YESTERDAYS

COLLAPSE INTO EFFORTLESS LUMPS

TIME COMPOSED AND FOLDED

THE PRESENT ALL-ENCOMPASSING

THE PIGEON IN THE RAIN GUTTER

TAP TAPS WITH PURPLE TOES

GOLDEN EYES UPON TWO STEMS

ELECTRIC SILOUHETTES PECKING

FLY HERE, FLY THERE:

MEETINGS AT THE PARK

ALL PROUD WINGSPANS

AND FLUFFED FEATHERS.

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LORD, LET THERE BE LIGHT

MORE OF IT, LONGER,

SHADOWS STRETCH IN MORNING

WEARY WITH DAY

THE GOLDEN FUSION BALL

ITS STORMS SLIDING SOUTH

TILL ANTARCTICA CLAIMS,

TILL CHILEANS ALREADY LONG & TALL

DREAM OF WINTER’S PALE

SNOWS ON CORDILLERAS

PAST TIMES ON SKIS

WHILE HERE PENITENTS ON KNEES

GROVEL ROUND CANDLE FLAMES.

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JOY LIKE RAVISHING WIND

AND LIGHT STARK SHIVERING

FROM CANADA

BUFFETING THE PASTURE ISLAND BELL,

MARKING TIME AT FRONT GATES,

TRELLIS BOWED INTO GESTURES:

COME IN, IT SAYS, MOST GENTLY

BEARING UP UNDER HARSH COMPANY–

IT HAS COME TO THIS

THE GOSSIPS WHISPER

BEGGING BREAD FROM STRANGERS

IN RAW DEEP WINTER SHIVERING

WITH ANCIENT ABANDONS LEAVING

SCARS AND TREMORS…STAY IN PLACE!

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SLICK, VERY SLY

A BOTHERSOME NETTLE FLY

BULBOUS BLUE HEAD

ARGUS EYED MONSTER

ATTRACTIVE TO LADIES

FIRST AT THE FEAST

ME AS BANQUET

TOGETHER WE MAKE A PARTY

OBNOXIOUS BEINGS

DESERT NOMADS

A FLIP OF A WING

A WINK AT THE LADIES…

FAREWELL…!

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CHEER UP, LITTLE ONES

WE HAVE FOOD & HEAT

SHELTER WELL-MADE

AND ADVENTURES PLANETY

TO MAKE YOUR TOES TAP

A MYSTERIOUS RAT-A-TAT TAT–

YOUR LAUGHTER FILLS

US WITH PRIDE

IN YOUTH OUR FUTURE

THE BONES OF THE PAST

WE DO NOT PICK OVER–

YOUR SMILE GIVEN FREELY

LIGHTS OUR DESTINY TO GOOD

WHILE MONSTERS LURK IN SHADOWS!

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