Monthly Archives: May 2013

A Guide Book To Guide Books

Wandering wondering which way to go

though there’s no doubt what way to go

though I don’t know

where’s the difference any way?

I wonder while I wander without giving any kind of guide book any kind of look

I wander Japan to India without any kind of look at any guide book

seeing so many backpackers wandering with their guide books giving clues

wondering

if I got here blind, why can’t you?

And everywhere I go I find backpackers lugging about their big fat guide books

and I know guide book or not

we share this same view

and if Columbus had taken a guide book

he’d have left the right way to steer

and we’d never have been found

alone

us

right here.

This Side of Midnight

We sit this close to midnight

finding ourselves in the dark

when your hand overlaps my hand

and we lose sight of where yesterday lands and tomorrow starts

so I hold you tighter to hold on to tonight

though I know time slips through our fingers as sand

and dust seeps under our doors

and sets to rest on photographs of lives long lived

this

our resurrection

comes from within

and only the light of memory lets us see

where nothing seems like something

and something reads as nothing

in this dark

on this side of midnight

how the dorsal fin is the scariest part of the shark

and we see what is lost to sight

is more frightening than anything we have ever seen.

Science Is History

Columbus sailed on an ocean of faith

trusting his ships were mightier than any storm

believing the curve of the horizon’s frown

was actually fortune smiling upon him

for being first for seeing

that if the earth was flat

the horizon’s spine wouldn’t curve like that

and though we now know

Columbus wasn’t the first to cross the Atlantic

our History books are still frantically saying so

we get lost when we start teaching History like Math

“Those who forget their History are doomed to repeat it”

true

but unlike Math

in History

one plus one doesn’t always equal two

just read Columbus’s slide ruler

he thought he’d set his sights for India

and finding America

found himself by getting lost.