You won’t see these flowers die
Perhaps you’ll go abroad and they’ll
Be gone before you return; perhaps
The subletter doesn’t have much of a
Green thumb and they just can’t make it
Through the two weeks. Perhaps you work late and
Your flatmate chucks them without your
Consent because really, they’re well beyond
The pale. Or maybe they’re a last-minute
Gift to a dinner party host you don’t really
Know but they’ve invited you out of some
Complex obligation that pins them and you
Like peas in a pod or more like butterflies
On a board. But maybe time is kinder to them
Than to you; they may be the last green thing
On earth you see before you leave, and they may
Know you, and live to see you go.


Skyscrapers know nothing of the human soul.
Cathedral spires soar and breathless domes evoke
A celestial reality seen only through reflections of
Gilded frescoes; meanwhile, corporate towers groan
Skywards like a multicellular organism whose
Organelles know nothing of a heart.
Like Babel aspiring to nothing.
Even stone can make me weep, I know, if
It is made with the faith that my soul could
Contend. These glassy towers, on the other
Hand, scrape away the human tendency
Towards devotion until there’s
Nothing to do but surrender, again,
To nothing new, eternally
Every old Monday at dawn.

When I wake up
I need there to be news
I need to know that what I’m reading
Is new to others and
Not just the personal failing
Of me falling behind the

Paper from pulp
From aphonic forests
Where machinery roars no warning
Where what falling timber doesn’t kill
Deforestation will leave lifeless

That’s not news to us though
As old papers burn for kindling
As we in the serenity of a stand of trees
Try to get away from
The newsroom blues and
The constant buzz.


Perhaps Giordano Bruno’s
Endless wandering was
Madness or maybe
His ashes found in eternity
The Fields of Elysium.
They must exist somewhere
But whether they’re our due
Is a different question.
For now, I wonder
How many heretics
Due wreaths of laurel
Have burned in
Floral fields
For preaching the
Greatness of God,
His mercy’s boundless scope?


Romulus surveyed Remus
The Wolf-suckled grave diggers
Standing spade by spade
Blades sunk in the ground.
The sun-tough corpse
Of the she-wolf lay
Bare carrion by them;
They broke the clay to
Bury what had
Needed To Be Done.
So many birds
So many hills
But in The End
What kills is what
You were when Necessity
Caught you. The Rise and
Fall of many tides is
Time; but in time nothing’s
left at all.