song 25

a.
Prompt, steady,
I see him turning torso in the sun.
Laxman. Refined by repetition.
Tornado, Baltimore crab, cradle, twirl,
Behind the back, around the world.
Imagine if – imagine a life without him.
St. Simon de Rojas and the slaves of Mary.
I need your strength for what we must carry.
What’s done to the sum, to the athlete’s game
The work demands something be taken every time.

God is a young man, torso twisting in the sun,
Lax, unlocked, parametric curve.
She is
19:
A nerve

b.
Here comes one, a sleepyhead
The contents of all my pockets on the floor
It’s ok
I want to know what you are thinking,
I want to know your mind; impossible
What are you doing here? What will you do with what you have taken from me?
There are all kinds of ways to organize this; you can come back to me

You make me curious about God;
What I can’t see in you, but suspect in you
By your pace and that about you which won’t yield,
Draws me in to what I bet is God

c.
Dich lieb’ ich, Erde! trauerst du doch mit mir!
Und unsre Trauer wandelt, wie Kinderschmerz,
In Schlummer sich, und wie die Winde
Flattern und flüstern im Saitenspiele,

Bis ihm des Meisters Finger den schönern Ton
Entlockt, so spielen Nebel und Träum’ um uns,
Bis der Geliebte wiederkömmt und
Leben und Geist sich in uns entzündet.

He can’t, so it must not be so
For the arrow to hit the mark, the fingers let go
Whatever it is, we’re guessing
I need you to help me imagine
Life without you
A charge along biotic thread

My understanding not quite making it to sounds
He could bench like 400 pounds

d.
He prays with me in sounds that don’t quite make it into language
He will remember me
The frog stayed on the porch all night;
We were talking about different ways of planning weddings
Lots of ways, lots of ways
My arm’s asleep; can’t write a note
To say what I mean
We guess forward to
Reconciliation, forgiveness, reunion;
He coaches high school for free,
Catches high school
In the rye and cradles it
Biography is biochemistry

I need you to help me imagine life without you
You are the conundrum: the problem and the thread

e.
Catch and pass, the prompt athlete
Lacrosse, the cross, the cradle
Change the plane. Release
Athlete:
See the strength of love moving into him
As he does the work
As he uses, daily
The word that causes peace
Watch the earth, learning to play
What a dare to the sum of the game:
The demand that something to be taken
Every time; and then, nothing goes away
See him turning torso in the sun
Laxman
Refined by repetition

f.
To the athlete I love:
Be with me
All the way through
You can you can you can
Raritan
Circle Diner. Higgins Mill. Route 202
The big-box stores
We survive in circles
We make music at the chemical level
Be my school
Biography is biochemistry
Changing changing changing

She is
19:
A nerve

g.
Flemington Fairgrounds
Rockefellows Mill
Neshonic Station
Three Bridges
What are you doing here?
What will you do with what you have taken from me?
Athlete, prompt and steady
The acrobatics of big air
There are all kinds of ways to organize this; you can come back to me
Mine Street. Mine

h.
Wo bist du? trunken dämmert die Seele mir
Von aller deiner Wonne; denn eben ists,
Daß ich gesehn, wie, müde seiner
Fahrt, der entzückende Götterjüngling
Die jungen Locken badet’ im Goldgewölk;
Und jetzt noch blickt mein Auge von selbst nach ihm;
Doch fern ist er zu frommen Völkern,
Die ihn noch ehren, hinweggegangen.
Dich lieb’ ich, Erde! trauerst du doch mit mir!
Und unsre Trauer wandelt, wie Kinderschmerz,
In Schlummer sich…
The leaves come and start to make houses out of shade;
I need you.
It’s ok.

prime
See him turning torso in the sun
Laxman. Refined by repetition
God is a young man, torso twisting in the sun,
Lax, unlocked, parametric curve.
She is
19:
A nerve

What are you doing here?
What will you do
With what you have taken from me?
There are all kinds of ways to organize this:
You can come back
You can come back to me

Dich lieb’ ich, Erde! trauerst du doch mit mir!
Und unsre Trauer wandelt, wie Kinderschmerz,
In Schlummer sich, und wie die Winde
Flattern und flüstern im Saitenspiele,

Bis ihm des Meisters Finger den schönern Ton
Entlockt, so spielen Nebel und Träum’ um uns,
Bis der Geliebte wiederkömmt und
Leben und Geist sich in uns entzündet.

Understanding can’t find the sounds
He could bench like 400 pounds

Lacrosse, the cross, the cradle
Change the plane. Release
Athlete does the work
And uses, daily the word that causes peace
Be with me, all the way through
You can you can you can
Raritan Circle Diner. Higgins Mill. Route 202
We survive in circles: be my school
Biography is biochemistry
Changing changing changing

Be with me
I’m with you

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