"It's about words, and words are all I have…"



I kept both  knowing & forgetting

that he was dead   At one point

determined to say good-bye  then

remembering   no need to   he’s been

gone    such a long time


A new book speculates that some early

humans   elephants   dolphins   & apes  

may have become so  depressed  by the

idea of their own death  that they walked

into the woods  and hid     (and died)


Whereas we   the only surviving human

species   were able to deny death   and

carry on as though immortal     By products

of this   breakthrough    are thought to be

some  uniquely human activities   Such as:


teaching    romantic infatuation    torture


Producing both   Mother Teresas  and Hitlers

Hard to know which it is better to be   Orangutans

can recognize themselves in the mirror   while

Hitler   in his 56th yr.  descended into a concrete

bunker   married his long time mistress  and between      bouts of rage   killed himself


It is also true  that Humans are made of the stuff

of exploded stars   oxygen  iron  iodine    and calcium –




I tried each thing, only some were immortal and free.   John Ashbery  1975



Spring  2013

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  1. Martin Atkins on said:

    Best go see Man of Steel! Only man’s inhumanity to man keeps him at the primate level. We must think that there are other more humane species and societies out in the galaxies. After all there are 65 billion of them. Someone had to get it right!

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