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between us

photo by anthony tran

there is distance
between us
and no distance
between us
when I see you
and you see me

and there are no words
between us
but there are volumes
between us
when your glance
meets mine

our hearts beat
between us
and breathless
between us
i know you
and you know me

there are feelings
between us
and emptiness
between us
because I don’t know you
and you don’t know me.

there is loveliness
between us
and loneliness
between us
because our love
was only for a moment


copyright 2022, joseph e bird

evening conversation

photo by Gita Krishnamurti

Hey, boy.
I ain’t no boy.

Hey, boy.
What?

Where ya’ goin?
Get some coffee.

Is that all?
It’s all I want.

You sure?
Don’t play with me.

Who says I’m playin?
That’s the problem.

No problem, boy.
I ain’t no boy.

I know that.
You want coffee?

I’m a lady.
Ladies don’t drink coffee?

Chamomile tea.
Whatever.

Can I walk with you?
To get some coffee?

Tea.
Come on.

And a biscuit.
See. Right there.

What?
That smile.

Smile?
You’re trouble.
So much trouble.


copyright 2022, joseph e bird

morning conversation

Do not go gentle
into
that good morning.
 
Isn’t that supposed
to be good night?
 
But it’s morning.
 
And why not
go gentle
into
that good morning?
 
The day is coming.
And it has teeth.
Lamb to the slaughter.
That kind of thing.
 
So.
Be the wolf?
Not the lamb?
 
Just be ready.
Be on your toes.
 
I’m not a dancer.
 
It’s an expression.
But of course you know that.
You’re just being obstinate.
 
I’m listening to jazz.
I can’t be a wolf while
I’m listening to jazz.
 
See those gray clouds?
They’re a portend
of things to come.
 
But it’s warm.
And breezy.
I might just sit
outside
and watch the squirrels.
 
Don’t say
I didn’t
warn you.
 
Ok.
Listen.
Takuya Kuroda.
I’d rather go gentle
into
this
good morning.
 

copyright 2022, joseph e bird

questions

Listen to the silence
and think nothing of it
Who was it?
What was said?

Letterings form
inconsequential sentences
For what purpose?
Why?

Words fade
from memory
Did you speak?
Did I hear?

Let those who
have ears
Was it a whisper?
Was it a shout?

Listen to the silence
and think nothing of it.


copyright 2017, joseph e bird

vanity

tell me what I don’t know
see which way the wind blow
spinnin like a gyro
playin with the vertigo
puttin on a big show
fakin like a puppet show
hear me up in idaho
this is it, here we go

it don’t matter what it is
it don’t matter if it true
listen what i say to you
dig my words, dig me, too

leavin on a jet plane
hoppin to the south of spain
sippin on the champagne
scared to try the cocaine
stayin home it so mundane
want to be like charlemagne
livin large, i can’t complain
it ain’t real, its all in vain

it don’t matter what it is
it don’t matter if it true
listen what i say to you
dig my words, dig me, too

tell me that you like my song
yo to me, i can’t be wrong
be my posse, be my throng
if you like, you sing along
ring the bell, bang the gong
dig it man, like tommie chong
fifteen likes and goin strong
make me feel like i belong

it don’t matter what it is
it don’t matter if it true
listen what i say to you
dig my words, dig me, too


copyright 2016, joseph e bird

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