Mondays breathe in but give us nothing back
for all the hours spent trying to make sense
of a day better left as part of the weekend left behind
Tuesdays, a different beast entirely, shape, form, purpose
former works of art that some families, in this case mine,
buy and hold close to the chest. Too close.
Wednesdays are, since the 1750s, known as small saturdays
by those who know better than their contemporaries
as days best spent drinking until you forget
what day it is.
Thursday is fit into the groove of the tongue badly
interrupts custom patterns, adding brass fittings
catches the ears of onhearers.
Friday is a merchant, a lawyer, an office holder
everyday luxury enough though, added later
to signify an escape but still starts out serious
enough for the work at hand. It consumes itself.
Saturday is a retired General who fought with
great fervor, owned it once. A faded paper says so,
but perhaps, if it’s genealogy is intact, it will
show us the light.
Sunday is inexact, I want to know what it has absorbed
in all it’s travels from there and back again
it stands mute, breathing nothing back.
after the clock strikes twelve
it becomes impossible to distinguish
between a person and his or her visions
he or she will shamble without memory
the day after.
when I was young
I was all
“I’ll grow up to be this!”
“I’ll grow up to be that!”
the truth of the matter is
I’ll probably just
grow up to be
but, you know,
all of us are
at one point
she tells me she loves me
I tell her that her love for me
is like gravity
I don’t understand it
but I am very happy that it exists
we are all stars of our own circus
some of us walk the tightropes
I know a guy who tames lions for a living
and this girl who can bend herself backwards
trying to fit into a role
she never even liked in the first place
me? I drive the clown car
like the day before
especially like the day before
but also like many others
pavements full of them.
a single lover
on a dance floor full of people
grace and dignity
like the pharaoh’s of old.
if someday the sun
calls you by your name
do not be alarmed,
it is simply
because I told her
about you yesterday
and she was pleased indeed.