Daily Archives: November 29, 2014

Perfect Tool

New poem.

Something’s stirring, straining,
coming up from underneath
where it’s been held.

You claim
you want to help free it but
first you have to consider
and then choose
the perfect tool for the job.

Is it the screwdriver? The hammer?
The blowtorch?  Is there really something to be said for simply
blowing it up and starting over? What loosens best
that which has been bound so tightly for so long
the whole house groans when it twitches? It’s all
so complicated,

or so you say.


Ukulele Fight Song

Originally posted 9/18/2012.

we are waiting for a table
in this restaurant
watching an ant
on the wall

watching an ant
watching an ant
watching an ant
on the wall

waiting for the ant
to walk the whole wall
betting on the ant
who is walking the wall

if the ant walks the whole wall before we are called
we will take that ant to our table
we will take that ant to the table
we swear we will take that ant to the table

for how much could an ant possibly eat
a crumb or two maybe that falls from our plates
a crumb or two maybe
a crumb

how perfectly privileged we are
that we get a table to wait for
in this town where people might not have a table
a table to be filled with food

so let’s feed the ant
who is walking the wall
walking the whole length of the long wall 
how much could one ant eat

that ant is inspiring
I’m going to buy a ukulele
and once I know how to play

or maybe a little before that

I will write a song with a ukulele
sing it at an open mike
singsong a song for the struggle of ants
fight hunger with a ukulele

that ant is going to owe us
for the crumbs we offer
for the ukulele fight song
for not crushing her this time

if she is not grateful enough
you know she can forget the crumbs
damned if we write another song about her

you watch how swiftly the thumb will come down