The Herald

Nothing more than abstract ornament,
explanations and discussions
keeping us to ourselves; we were
too petty for anything else. God
and Spirit, man and God again: no
insight into the common denominators.

Stupidity categorized the crews
taking over. In Canada, one was
reduced to waiting; at best,
you sent yourself notes (not poems)
hoping they would stay closed, or
fall open revealing all upon arrival.

You are lost either way. Death
enters your life: a troubadour
strolling through the provincial town.
Each gesture of government singing
the unwanted guest to bed, who is
finishing the last bite of food.

One brought no plans for conversation,
issuing invitations in the dark
he slips from his clothes. The livery
stark amusement, leaving only the arc
of a streetlamp which constellates:
the hard vistas of distant expectation.

 

©Dean Baker

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Smoke Me

Burning, on fire
Sending smoke signals of absence and regret

Long and thin and grey, empty cylinder
paper-mâché cast, troubled
Into ash

Strike a match, now be quick
Before that darkness
Closes in

©Dean Baker

 

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Bathurst Yards

cover photo of Toronto, Ontario

Sprawled in this boxcar apartment,
no one’s serious
the disturbance temporary

The end of the line,
the lock breaks –
the cargo falls out over-ripe

We shall never get there;
blueprints and maps
do not provide an idea of progress

Which does not matter,
stepping from the rails
to meet familiar ground

Watching how the sun I own
goes down through these trees:
our wings, folded like those leaves

©Dean Baker

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As Near As Memory

As near as memory, as
far as reality that distance
you must cross

In practice and theory, no
justification for loss
required between speech

And song, the
sweet melody desired
between notes of

Right or wrong, take
fire on flight,
or be a liar unstrung

©Dean Baker

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Chronologically

Of course there’s no such thing, speaking
chronologically. There’s interruption, the stopped
clock phenomenon where you see differently
than what is actually going on: saccading to
history, for instance.
This would explain all those
instances sweet and good where in a rage they
call for annihilation in order to self-sustain the mechanism
of what only you are allowed to know as true.

The idiocy of fascism, the great crowd determining the realistic.
The martyrs and the saints. But then religion itself
does not claim to envision anything like time foregone.

The event is happening now. Much the same way my cat sits
on my desk studying forever by lamplight, for the
enlightenment: so much for fun and entertainment.

Thus determineth the sacred and the vows. Meow, says
Buddha. Ow, says Christ. Hello, I say to you in celebration
of speech therapy also known as poetry in these ancient days.

©Dean Baker

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A Jab At The Dark

per il mio gioiello perfetto

Love’s wasted on you I can hear you say
or sing, almost attempting to make a myth,
to shelve a self unshelved finally; a trick
of the light, the rhythmic click of heels and toes
lifting off and balancing when you, with
the beauty of the rose, refuse the need for more
than company, controlled by the need denied.

Oh you can’t fool me in your smothered lies, the
nasty entity, the uncoupled repetition you’d tell
to other men as you quote me endlessly; blind
against the borrowing of adoration, and a smile
upraised by lips which rise to fall perfectly:
absent memory, absent guile, absent
the moonlit mile on leaves scattered from a mind

Convinced most that what it takes as truth
must be some sweet design meant for you,
in your ordered universe where we stand aside.

©Dean Baker

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Silences

Silences like thundering hooves, wings
Of night the fallen leaves; the

Great push and invasion of time, where
Denial weaves a mood, but we

Move against the rhythm of the rhyme:
Me discovering finally your scent of thyme

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