el dottore is in

Dr. Benstein suggests

that the patient

this writer

has compulsions obsessions

enough to sink a battleship

to put down the line

get shit out of his system

of which

the results are not always

beautiful to others

though they are pretty telling

of the id ego super ego

competing for space

in the imperfect man

yet there is potential

in his search for enlightenment

for some gestalt

but this

in itself

is no substitute

for a real job

earning money

sharp as the days they were made

sitting & listening


to old soldiers stories


as the days they were made

hoping for clues


some moral compass


to live by

but no

they are just jokes

tall shaggy dog tales

non sequiturs

played only

to eke out the day

they plow on

either forgetful or uncaring

I have heard each fable before

my only use here

is as ears

the tiles

on my bathroom floor

remind look like pictures of Jupiter

& I wonder if there is a message there

of everything being connected

as we are made of stardust

does some of this

want to go home?

but no

I am just a foolish

bored old man looking for something

to take me through the day

& if that worked for Li Po


I’ll take that as inspiration

I wash up

go into the kitchen

to wonder what is there

provide enlightenment

help me get through this hell

that is life today