This may come as large surprise,
but I did once take a beginner’s poetry class
which I often confuse with my beginner parenting class.
In which we learned good verse
rich metaphoric content
perhaps even epic regenerative story,
climates of hue and cry.
Who would or could a poet be
or hope to at last become
and yet unresponsively disagree?
if what I write
cannot resonate within your calling day,
and hopefully tomorrow
and resiliently flow on back
through all your best, not worst,
Then we are not yet our resonant poetry
so it is not so richly mine,
nor true poetry at disfamiliar all
of any kind
or mean spirit
Strong poetry cannot flow anonymously
My poetic muse shrinks,
like wound from salt,
from capital competing
absent co-infested resonance
resiliently wounded assonance
of integrity’s best eco-aspirations.
with green me
grows not only rhythmic swell
and political ebb,
but also liberating healthy smell
and not so hoarding ego fell.
Poetry praises time we share
resplendent as spiritual underwear
inviting nature’s brilliant subharmonies
to speak again full-voiced revival choir
In which we learn good verse
rich analogic content,
perhaps even revolutionary story,
climates of secular hue
and sacred silent cry.
I am reading Wendell Berry stories
over these past several weeks
he unfolds two bipolar themes.
a cooperative Southern neighborhood farmer
of organic hospitality.
His protagonists grow on multigenerational farms
as Berry grows into writing while farming,
thereby farming readers
co-investing in cooperative
But Berry’s NegativEnergy tension
emerges against nationalistic
automated military ballistics
reaping death harvests.
All forms of death
in and outside Berry’s local farm community,
Yet death’s most absurd forms
are international and civil wars,
tariff warts and tumors
against short-handed family farmers.
As any farmer
worth her compost
Everyone losing opportunity for organic life
I hear an NPR commentator
Everyone loses empowering trade
in declaring wars.
Whether firing retributive ballistics
bleeding death and threat thereof
are the opposite of cooperatively farming
and feeding health
Wars are LoseLose Games
unto violent absurdity
while cooperative farming,
planting and harvesting,
culling and replanting,
seed sharing and mutual cooperative composting,
is WinWin traditional healthy economics
and family politics,
secular democratic trust
and sacred faith
in PositivEnergy ZeroZone communities.
I hear another NPR commentator say,
of an iconic Jazz Master,
whose primary instrument
exploring high and low extremities
He performed cooperative jazz
THE Right Way.
This seems to smirch the Master’s reputation.
Music performed THE Right Orthodox Way
is not jazz,
without capital-hoarding over-investments.
Jazz is not ballistically force-fed at people
Music sharing is about cooperative RightBrain planting
and harvesting invitations into resonant life.
at its organic ensemble creolizing best
is about several right and left farming ways
inviting us to muse with
our right sharing amusing ways.
THE Right Ways
are about competitive performance wars–
who gets the biggest and baddest button
and not at all about jazz forms
of cooperative improvisational farming,
about healthy forest
and light major 7th
and dualdark minor diminished
I was dreaming Wendell Berry poetry
Where might we see
yin’s silent voice
surfing on a windstorm?
Where might we hear
speaking with GrandMother MoonLight,
for octave systems
through PositivEnergy stringing words
of Mother Spider,
of fractal RNA wombs
Seeds of potentially perennial,
spirited GeoLogical Time
ZeroCenter Zones of Pattern
Yet HummingBird Yang
of vibrant Joy
square fractal dances
flights consciously exercised
growing us joyfully smarter
than we really can fly
Western sunset backward dominant,
Eastern dawn of Spring reborn
WinWin forward baptized
in resilient ecotherapies.
dialects of ZeroZen Tao
as sung polyphonically by yin Spider’s
nutritional nesting Energy–
joyous celebrating networks
Octaved spider webs
with polypathic LeftBrain emergent
scales of flight
hovering joyous HummingBirds.
SouthernSoul with NorthernSpirit
Wild WinWin Revolutionaries with WiseElders
Where might we hear
yin’s silent voice
humming through a windstorm?
When does ambiguously free verse
also become emphatically political verse?
I was emphatically reading pieces,
about my sons,
to my oldest son’s girlfriend.
The longer I read
the more she cried.
Now it had been my hope
to become the next Kurt Vonnegut
of PolyCulturing Healthy Outcome Design,
or at least John Irving
at his all ecopolitical lives matter, and not, satirical best,
and so I finally had to ask,
Are these tears of sadness?
Yes and no.
Sometimes, says she,
mostly happy that someone else
sees him as I do
when I am at my best,
but sadness too
that we live in your world
of our own re-creation
about what you write
is too often left unsaid
or even thought about.
I thought this might be a compliment
and so I read bravely on
through her quiet tears
of sad happiness
until she asked me to stop.
Could you teach me to write
I doubt I could even help you write
are you having trouble writing by and of yourself?
I worry I have nothing to say,
no place to safely yet nakedly live.
About half the poets
believe that is a prerequisite
to great literature
and becoming an authentically mature artiste.
Having nothing to say.
Yes. But saying whatever very well.
And the other half,
what they mainly have to say
is to have something to say
which you would be wiser through hearing
what you just said.
And if they believed
as does the opposing mindless half
then they would not embarrass themselves
by writing any no thing at all.
Well, which is right,
do you think?
More to your point,
which is right
about your writing?
If you can trust each empty page
longs to fill with your good humor
and best wisdom,
then you might begin
by having nothing on your Left languaged mind
except some brief turn of lyrical phrase
or return of some event
devoid of context
which musefully incarnates as content
as your pen rolls along each shaping word
and returning phrase
and 4 dimensional as seasonal
reasonal harmonic lines
and sentences for joyful life,
not just lonely sad death.
Next thing you know
sad death cooperatively together
restores joyful life justice
where lived sad loves lived evilly alone
and you are editing in search of paragraphs
to create sufficient spaces
between maturing lines of thought
you heard as one compare/contrast before
you’ve always said
and hoped someday to read,
then editing through pages of ego/eco-logical content
We’re not sure
until we’re done.
She was crying again.
So I found an old barely used notebook
and a fresh pen,
a nearly full box of gaily pure white tissue
and handed them to her,
Suggesting she might write about tears
of sad yet lovely joy.
Where might I best begin,
she wisely asks.
At the top,
either left or right
depending on which hemisphere you most speak,
I not so wisely answer.
And, the first principle of multicultural story telling
is to be sure your reader
continues to understand and appreciate
and feel gratitude for
inevitably our favorite underdog,
because life’s a joyful sad bitch
but what are we going to gratefully do
The pen and notebook?
In your left and right hands?
So, I just start at the top
and re-imagine us
whether protagonist-in with antagonist-out,
or potential future solution
within a vexing co-present problem,
ways we choose to fold and unfold
as also joyful time of opportunity?
Spoken as a true tragic-comedy loving physicist
pretending to become a metaphysical teller of history,
written as we speak together
in domesticating yet still wild imaginations,
political thought experiments,
prose as also poetry.
Precisely as I see our sadly joyful situation too.
All we have are protagonist underdogs
and antagonist overlords,
and each lies both sadly and joyously
across each bicameral heart and mind
When I fall in nondual co-arising love,
we will be forever,
Reading stories of favorite sons
to tearful joys of future daughters
for revolutionary story telling,
than my damnably antagonistic
When did ambiguously free verse
also become emphatically democratic verse?
People of sacred wild Cornucopias
found ourselves politically alone
competing to survive
in Earth’s choking climates
of totally domesticated despair.
greeting Yang-behaving bean bodies
growing up and into our digestive tracks
our speaking parts,
to sing like tassels
our Divine Corn and humane Yang-beanish ego-rising lines
co-arising nondual Earth anthems
of graceful GreatSpirit incarnation.
Domesticating corn people
finally also meet Yin’s squashed voices
flowing bilaterally out
well-grounded cooperative incorporations
intending divine corn
weaving up and out
trimesters of rich
with winter dormancy in-between
Corn and Bean and Squash diversity
during August pre-birth deliveries
reducing competitive domesticating relationships
to favor cooperative democratizing trinities,
of Spirit and Body and Bilateral Flowing UnSquashed Minds.
These corny holonic domesticating resources
enjoy differentiated cultural climates,
Diverse partners prevailing
through multicultural nutritional landscapes
up and out,
down-rooting and inward feeding feeling
as outward bleeding
into each Other’s Common-Space
and side-by-side solidarity reforesting times.
People of the Corn
and beans and squash,
co-domesticating temporal WinWin differentiations,
preoccupying Earth’s global climate
in different times of day and night,
months and years,
transgenerational eras and stages
of mutual democratization
within interdependent pumpkin patches.
People of the Corn
invite diverse beanish vertical needs
and polypathic squashy tendril outputs
in different revolving stages
of our mutual domestication,
through deep nutritional gardens
and forests of time,
like climates of Earth,
organically democratizing solidarity.
People of sacred wild Cornucopias
found ourselves politically atoned
through competing to survive
in Earth’s stroking strumming climates
of globally democratizing,
Original PolyCultural Intention.
I’m not sure
if nature’s spiritual voices,
if Earth’s cultural songs and dances,
are merely subjectively interesting
nutritional creolizing metaphors,
or if all ecological analogies
are necessarily and objectively interesting,
or perhaps even both,