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freeverse poetry

Glints on stainless trim… / Towns and Trains

Beds are cantilevered
Crisped sheets whisked
Into place at our whim
The attendant nods

I burn a small lamp
Glints on the stainless trim
A gift from my brother
The Bangkok diplomat

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from Towns and Trains, Sudden poems 2016-2018

Suitcase of cigarettes… / Towns and Trains

Saffron robes
And a suitcase full
Of cigarettes
Eating past dark

We trade a blue-spotted orange
For bag of salted cashews
In a train compartment
Bound for a jaunty frontier

The garland of marigolds for him
A dried purple bloom
Intertwined within
my battered straw hat

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from Towns and Trains, Sudden poems 2016-2018

Tea in tiny cups… / Towns and Trains

Tea in tiny cups
Hardwood porch, Chiang Mai 4 AM
Shivers with thunders and rain

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from Towns and Trains, Sudden poems 2016-2018

Congress of organisms… / Towns and Trains

Neural pathways exploding
With potential energy
Cataclysm yet to happen
Described by chemistry

Its clear my brain
Wasnt quite connected
Sending misfires
To my legs and ankles
False signals in the rain

Is the heart the centre
Or is it the belly
Populated with a congress of organisms
Manufacturing serotonin

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from Towns and Trains, Sudden poems 2016-2018

Sensei Larry’s Wisdom – Postcard #80

Sensei Larry’s Wisdom

Upon turning 70 years old, Dave’s dear sensei (since a teenage Utah community college stint), Larry Harper (among various monikers) curated 70 items of advice (at request of Annie Dandelion).

As such, between licks by Grateful Dead and master potter Marty Kendall, he riffs the list – ranging from practical to mystical to almost comical, many including nudity and space. Oh, also includes his ethereal autoharp songs (rescued from a ca. 1991 Zzyxz Rd cassette).

Gather some wisdom with:  Sensei Larry’s Wisdom – Postcard #80
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Washes dingy mangoes… / Towns and Trains

From the tribes to Pistol-lock
Safety switched to off
Rails change gauges
Locomotive rusts behind a fence

The Oiler crouches low
With cartridges on hand
Washes dingy mangoes
Water tank strapped low
By silver wheels

3 coins for admittance
Or 17 with dry powder
Ignition proves difficult
With the absence of a fuse

Get your basket to the platform
Before the diesel glows
The wheels stutter, shovels put away
Replaced by urgency

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from Towns and Trains, Sudden poems 2016-2018

Inventory / Towns and Trains

Inventory:

Folding tray with snacks: dried mangoes, cashews, chewing gum, this very notebook, cork covered sardine can camera with expired 35mm Fujifilm, headphones, diazepam, food delivered by an unhappy hostess, strange spicy clams, instant cup rice and a sort of curry sauce.

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from Towns and Trains, Sudden poems 2016-2018

Rust gives way to polish… / Towns and Trains

Railroads for the sinews
To connect the culture loosely
Rust gives way to polish
Simply by rolling along

Carriages painted blue
But each with a vague distinction
Letters to denote the occupants
Desired by the chairs

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from Towns and Trains, Sudden poems 2016-2018

Buddha Annapurna – Annapurna Sunrise

annapurna - buddha - blue buddha lake

Buddha Annapurna

There was already a full moon
And a snowy peak behind
Then you read from Buddha
Reminding all to be kind

Respect is key to happiness
Giving away leads to wealth
Think kind thoughts about others
To enjoy your own fine health

Simple truths from Gautama
About the middle way
Passed down through sutras
Seekers chanting each new day

I often wonder how it feels
To sit under a single tree
A seed a day towards enlightenment
The mind roams peaceful and free

In the village I wander
Maybe treading in his step
Humble confident and searching
To the others, offering help

annapurna - buddha - young boys

Trim away the excess… / Towns and Trains

Lavender please save me
From the poison i’ve inhaled
Before finds a way to my heart strings
Or blinds my weary eyes

To cut or chop
The offending parts
Trim away the excess
Guarding your inner heart

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from Towns and Trains, Sudden poems 2016-2018