Friday, December 28, 2012


If you want to live high get high
–Nihil C.
(Gary Snyder, “Hymn to the Goddess
San Francisco in Paradise”)

He got famous for driving.
He died while walking.
Denver’s pool halls
stayed open so long
he went to see his father,
I don’t know any more
until Jack wrote his books
about him, Neal wrote one
with two friends on its cover.
Did you know those guys?
a guy in the Koffee Klatch
piped up. Not me. I returned
to reading The First Third

. . . in Mexico, the railroad
tracks, stepping between ties
little body left to live in,
blue sky around him, falling,
dying, wolves circling, fire
burning, night fallen
already, blue moon out
though covered by clouds
continually moving . . .
until closing time came,
I went back to reading Six
Sections from Mountains
and Rivers without End.

(28 December 2012)

copyright 2012 by Floyce Alexander

No comments:

Post a Comment