PDF

A Silly Man Acting the Fool


by Darryl Price



 

The green on your shoulder

Is worth all their papery property

And then some. They cash in every friendship

As if it were nothing more than a

 

Ripened apple. Get rid of

The thing before it begins to

Rot into unworthiness. But that doesn't make our

Merriment in each other's company any the less

 

Appealing on this fine sunny

Afternoon. That's all I'm saying and

That's all I'm after. I've lived to this

Buzzing moment here with you and find any

 

Painful stab in the road

Has been worth it. The sun,

Even this one, is not frozen to the

Sky for anyone, but I'll paint a little

 

Picture and hang it on

A cloudy wind just for decoration.

It doesn't have to be an enormous hit

Song you know, it's just how I feel

 

About being here with you.

Well, I see the green has

Sparkled over into golden waves. I'm equally delighted

To make your acquaintance. Here we go again.




Bonus poems:



We Are Sly


We are sly, they tell us so, but they don't know us.

It's so hard to believe in anything they say. The world is

full of wars that ended the world, but you're still always on

your own. That's about all there is to know, and you can

discover it a dozen different ways. Climb a rock, surf an ocean,

haunt a heart. These days have all been ceremoniously named and the

 

saddest hours have been shackled, cooked and reconstituted, but the snow covered

hills you followed on your way home from school may not be

there the next time you look for it. The picture becomes the

ruined launderette. The picture becomes a map that doesn't make much sense.

The picture becomes something you used to cover up your head. The

picture becomes a beautiful dream lost in a paper bag. We are

 

sly, but they are disappointed in everything. We are sly, but we

don't hate anyone for the sport of it. Maybe that is a

repetitive plea for help, but it's sincere. The laughing world changed course

without any sailors being honored for their service just the same. The

picture becomes a danger to yourself. Even the rain is blue without

you in its parade, but that's another empty apartment. Now there's this.



How Many


by Darryl Price


How many guns are enough bright pain? How many to

Make your deaf ears stop caring less

About what's happening out in the streets?

How many guns before

You have renewed strength to lift your

Heavy hearts up again for more than

The hungry and poor? How many guns

 

Before you elect to unlearn how to be a hateful

Bastard? All these words don't say what

I mean. How many guns getting us

Into a hell of

A mess before the road disappears and

We can't come home? It's not a

Trick question. I want to know.  How

 

Many guns are showing you any real affection right now?

When you look into the mirror, how

Many guns do you see? How many

Guns gliding above our

Personal landscapes?  How many guns appearing in

Your words? How many guns in your

Mother's eyes? How many guns sending a

 

Small ray of light out into the world? We're not

Better than the rest. How many guns

Sing in the wind like the body

Of a woman in

Love? How many guns more like a

Long cold drink of leftover coffee than

The delicate personality of a soft wild

 

Flower? How many guns comfort the dying? How many guns

Keep smiling at us? I'm upset. How

Many guns think about killing themselves? How

Many guns know me?

How many guns dissolving into summertime butterflies?

How many guns have you ordered? How

Many guns are too angry to look

 

Inside your mind for your heart, to look your child

In the eye? How many guns put

The smell of smoke in the air?

Many guns take away

Our friends forever. How many guns make

A little love? How many guns breaks

Your spirit? How many guns causes your

 

Compassion to grow darker? How many guns does it take

To end the world in a hail

Of gunfire? How many guns is enough?

Melt the guns with

Us. Melt the guns with patience. Melt 

The guns with pleasure and delight. Melt

The guns in freedom. With generous conviction.



 

 

Endcap