Hold It All

Category: No Time for Poetry but Exactly What Is

Bella Levenshteyn Gives Me an Opportunity to Practice

“I’ll be filling two backpacks, and then I’m headed to Warsaw”
My heart sinks

Three deep breaths in and out
My heart expands

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When I Am a Supreme Practitioner of Self-Care

Having a rejuvenating ninety-four minutes
On the phone when all alone
With Bella Levenshteyn

Recognition Mantra for Driving on Highway 40

They are just like me  
They too want to go as fast as possible
And not die
On the way

“So Don’t Flip”*

When it comes to righteous indignation
She makes Arundhati Roy seem timid

At a public reading of The Book of Mev
I made sure she read last reading aloud the last chapter

To mark the occasion of her medical school graduation
I gave her the original of Dear Layla Welcome to Palestine

If I see her once a year for a few hours
I consider it a very good year

For the last year she’s been working
One hundred-hour weeks

The Stoics advised long ago
Know what you can and can’t control

I can buy three sheets of Harvey Milk stamps
Send her reminders of her sri and satyagraha

 

*Jack Kerouac, to Allen Ginsberg

Today is Saturday

Once bought a pair of shorts online
Received Cabela’s email this morning

Subject Line reads:
“This Week’s Guns and Ammo”

Then “Save up to $50”
“Intuitive, ergonomic handling”

“Compact and lightweight
For easy all-day carry”

“Unfailing performance for your .223”
“Check it out”

“Neoprene Floating Gun Case…
Protect your weapon in any weather”

“Load up”
“Get the best”

Today is Saturday
February 24th, 2018

Notice What You Notice

Laura Bronstein came over to my home
To drop something off from Henry

(He wasn’t able to get out much anymore
And he was gradually accepting help)

Laura noticed one of my shelves in particular
“So, you are into Simone Weil?”

“Yes, lately I’ve been working my way
Through Pétrement’s bio in French”

Laura said in her unshakeable tone
“I identify more and more with her”

Our eyes locked for several seconds
Before she turned to leave

And the thought occurred to me:
She’s the Categorical Imperative in corduroys


–work-in-progress, Our Heroic and Ceaseless 24/7 Struggle against Tsuris

Should This Be Added to Gene Sharp’s List of 198 Nonviolent Actions?

Today Spielberg’s The Post opens
It’s true! — a film about the Pentagon Papers
I texted Max if he’d like to go and he responded in a couple of minutes:

“I took a quick look at the Post‘s website
Talk about sepia tones
It’s no surprise

But I don’t know if I could stomach it
Well, maybe going and vomiting
Would be the appropriate direct action”


–from novel-in-progress, Our Heroic and Ceaseless 24/7 Struggle against Tsuris

Waiting in Line To Order an Espresso

I overheard Sylvie Smith ask Emma Wong
“What’s up, haven’t seen you on Snapchat?”

“Yeah, I haven’t looked at  Snapchat
In three weeks”

Sylvie looked horrified
“THREE WEEKS?!!!

What’s going on with you?”
“Just into other things”

“You’re dating someone?”
“No, I’m reading someone” Read the rest of this entry »

For All My Friends Who Are Free Spirits

“What is now proved was once only imagin’d.”
–William Blake

Free Spirits desire the emancipation of all humankind
Free Spirits conceive a habitable, harmonian world
Free Spirits know that no revolution has gone far enough
Free Spirits reject cynicism & despair
Free Spirits resolve immobilizing antinomies
Free Spirits dream extravagantly
Free Spirits prepare the negation of capital
Free Spirits meditate social transformation
Free Spirits subvert the culture of regression and death
Free Spirits affirm the power of the imagination Read the rest of this entry »

He’s a Work-in-Progress

Perry

You said I could share anything with you.

Here’s my attempt with Metta.

Joel

 

May Albert Schlie be full of Metta.
May he be well.
May he know Joy.
That hypocritical fuck.

–from work-in-progress, Our Heroic and Ceaseless 24/7 Struggle against Tsuris