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You, a Story


by Darryl Price


I don't need to be told
how natural you are.
I'm reminded every
time I open my eyes.
What I want to know is
where have you gone. Why

has it taken you so
long to return? But I
know the answer. You are
somewhere fighting for your
life. It's what we all do
in our own way. I chose

poetry. You didn't
believe in it, not all
the way, and so we were
parted. I don't blame you.
I couldn't be untrue
to the muse. You couldn't

be what you are not. Those
are good enough choices.
I've seen mine through to this
very moment and still
I want to tell you how
much you mean to me. I'll

never stop telling you.
Because we are friends. And
friends stick together no
matter how far apart
they are. You'll receive this
letter in whatever

form is possible. I
hope it's something like a
flower or a star that
only you seem to see
has a peculiar
glow about it and smile.



Some old Bonus poems:



The Cliffs by Darryl Price

 

The flying trees had always gone back to being

the forest on its knees again, building its own

army against the encroaching birds and their blue widening

scarves. You could say it another way. Peace is

made but only kept by an emphasis on space.

Otherwise everything bites everything else and nothing gets any

 

sleep or sympathy. Listen. Grab a branch. Humanity is

just another one of those endless philosophical debates.  The

flying trees flew into the mountains and stuck there.

It was a long time before they decided to

open their eyes and look down the cliffs at

what their lives had become. The nobility of having

 

traveled all that way got lost in the translation

from leaf to leaf.  It doesn't make any difference.

Roots began their own religion and taught the stones

to speak. Then the rivers tried to buy hedge

favor with certain fish and on and on. Oh did

I mention the owls? They waited until the mice

 

were good and fat before they came out as

the moon's spies, with their saliva full of stars,

with their feathers full of stolen forks. Snails smeared

a warning on the ground, but weeds covered it

up with a bunch of oversized heads, too big

to be mistaken for a migration of moths. The

 

flying trees had made the classic mistake of believing

in a god that only loved trees. And now

as you can plainly see they have poetry written

all over their faces. That may not tell the

real story but it does hum the right tune

in the heat. I can't help it. The flying

 

trees are beautiful in their practiced sorrow like any

group of amateur dancers. They may still have a

long way to go, but I want to whisper

something tender to them before that happens. The flying

trees are remembering something all together, and when it finally clicks in

there will be no more need for such raw confusion again.  dp




Two Flowers Thrown Into a Vase

by Darryl Price


 

For Emily Dickinson

 

Home is gone. I'm an orphan too now, meaning I wasn't

Always so alone on this earth. Everyone I see is running from something invisible.

But they still sail their candles to the moon, hoping

To someday awaken someone on the other side of this glory

Who might just send them back a kind thought or give

 

A smile in the form of some spelling out birds. I've never received

A feather from the heavens with my name on it. 

You and I are not alike in our choice of dogs, but

I still like to think of you walking the quiet night time streets

Alone with yours, breathing in the soft pelting raindrops 

 

With an intensity unlike any other person. That was your gift

More than your red hair, more than your refusal to

Give up your name or your fight with God and

The devil, believing both of them to be inadequate to

The task of being near enough to you to break

 

Your heart more than it already was. Instead you broke

Your own heart, and mine with it I might add. Who knew you

Had such power that could wait for centuries to explode like that into

A sudden hurricane? Did the little flowers know this? Did the Irish?

Perhaps the good children playing in the garden? All I know

 

Is what's here, we are together again, not in a dream,

But in a real sense of the world, getting near the

End of something terribly unimaginable about to happen and I only wish I

Had your hand to hold. I suppose that is very

Selfish of me. You let your hand go where it

 

Wanted to go and nowhere else. You gave it the

Most important task of all, to put your cruel abandonment

Into a letter, without asking for any such forgiveness, without a twirl

Of singled out regret. You telegraphed that pain to the stars above and

Dared them to respond, all the while knowing full well

 

How they laughed behind your back. But the dog was

Faithful, the writing desk was faithful, the flowers were never

Going to go anywhere alone again without you, even the rain throwing itself

On the windows was a constant and faithful companion you could count on

To see you as you truly were, a warrior with

 

A sewn booklet of original coded words, meant to open emotional

Locks, meant to join clouds of butterflies together. Your home now

Is everywhere, mine is still somewhere hazy in the distance.

I don't know why it means so much to me

To speak to you in this bolded way. I'm not looking

 

For an answer to your being. As Paul said to John, you'd probably

Say that we were worlds apart, but I feel something

Different today. I would have liked to see you smile

With some more teeth put into it, or the back of your head tied

In a power ponytail instead of an acceptable practical bun. I think you

 

would have breathed a sigh of fantastic relief in a pair

of old lived in bluejeans and some comfortable open-toed shoes. You got a message to my future blockhead somehow.

I'm not talking about all the others who also may hear your voice today. This is

As much as I can hope to do for you, but I'm

So glad for the chance. It's an honor. Thank you, oh little singing wind.  




Yours Truly(first draft) by Darryl Price

 

This is the sound I make. I don't know what I'm doing here other than being me. You can shut the door if you like. I'm making my art out of something that already feels pretty done inside. It's not always sad to me. I don't

want you to be sad either. It's more like taking a picture of the impossible ocean. It's useless. Really, it doesn't change anything. Facts may be true but they don't necessarily tell you the truth. I wish I had something more

interesting to say to you, just for fun, but you've heard it all before—we all have. Why take another familiar seat in the shadow of the audience? You're on the other side of the story here from someone else's

foreign perspective. I don't want you to stumble around quietly in the dark for me. There's only one reason to settle for things the way they are. Either you want to be free there or you don't feel it in your soul. I don't like

dividing things up into opposing camps. It's just another way to lie to yourself. I don't envy people their spectacular speeding lives on cash. But I wouldn't wish mine upon anyone else. Not that it's so bad. It's nice enough,

but I still want to see if you can imagine an action that would make you genuinely happy all the time. If you want to go out and dance you don't need my permission to let go of yourself. If you want to be a kind person

no one is stopping you. Get started. We don't have that luxury, nor do we need it, nor do we want it. You're the forgiver or else there is no forgiveness. You've got the power within you now or there is no time. I can't say what your

actions will bring to the table, even if they are done with a lot of deep care. You can't think in terms of rainbow colored physics all the time. It's too cold when you can't touch another human being. That's all I know. We

all want to get somewhere far away very badly, but we are somewhere all the time. Everywhere is somewhere real. You are here. Still in the garden. Staring at the gate. Home is a bigger concept than you remember in your absence of

daydreams. Welcome. I've thought of all the big questions for you. But I don't want to die in a philosophical hell just because I wouldn't let go of the memory argument. It's stupid. What isn't stupid to me is making a

kind of music as you go. That's the best I can say it. So, I say it. That's my choice. I like it. I really do. And I seem to care about you for some reason. That's why I make this sharing thing for you. To cheer you up and not let you

down. Making a funny face. Tipping my hat. Walking away. Walking away. Turning around. Grinning a grin. Waving a wave. It's not much, but it's not meant to end that way. It's meant to return hello with a simple smile like a rainbow.    




 

How to Break All the Rules by Darryl Price

 

I don't want your brand-new world order alibi. Your latest

twist off politics. I haven't been true to any faith,

but I still like people. I don't want to fire

any shot. I will not fight you, but I will

not join. We are not saints. We are not the

masters of angels. We are ordinary. We are doomed in

our limited capacity to love. We are like you. We

are expiring all the time. We are losing everything at

an alarming rate, blazing as we walk or run through

each day. But I still see beauty all around us.

 

I don't want your money. I don't need a gun.

I haven't begun to read all the books I look

forward to visiting in this lifetime. I'm still discovering

the joys of music. Nature is much bigger than all

us humans put together. The stars are trying to tell

us something important. I still don't want to harm any

other being, but I may have to. I'm not an

idiot. Peace is a pretty good dream to have, but

I'd settle for a little cooperation. I'm a poet on

purpose. I believe in love, but it may not be

 

enough. It's still the best ingredient we have, to make

sense out of our lives, to heal the pain and

to deliver any true goodness we possess as kindness in

action. I don't want your fingers remodeling my brain for

the new century. I don't buy your bullying tactics. I

don't believe that rules should be built like impenetrable walls

to keep out new ideas. Art, like trees and plants, must always

be given its own free space in any blueprints for

change to preserve the integrity of the designers. We are

builders because we care, not because we fear every shadow.



  
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