I’m writing a book

I’m writing a book
about big things—quantum
physics, the nature
of reality, Jesus,
William Blake, faith, desire.
Am I qualified?
I’m not qualified
to say.

And anyway
I just realized
that writing
every morning
about Jesus
or the laws of nature
is just an excuse
to be up early
and sit in quiet
before the world
begins to swirl
and not to be
anything anyone
wants me to be

and drink coffee

and look at
the screen of trees—
the four
different kinds and their
four shapes of leaves
that glow every morning
above the wooden fence
that blocks a view
of the neighbor—the ones I
only hear enough
to know I don’t want
to see them as well—an excuse,
I know now,
to watch the coming
and the going of the bird couple living
under the eave of the roof,
the ones that first land
on the fence as though it were
their foyer, holding grass
in their beak or just now
an insect who is squirming but only
so that
the bird feels
he’s accomplished something
but who in truth, I feel
to say, is happy
to die because really
it was bound
to happen and why not
here in the beak
of this active
indefatigable little brownish bird
on the top
of this wooden fence
that I am suddenly
so speechlessly
grateful for


About nosuchthingasastraightline

I grew up in tiny Lyme, New Hampshire, where I drew, roamed the surrounding woods, and first entertained the idea of God while listening to my mom's Beatles records. I studied biology at Harvard University where I wrote for The Harvard Lampoon and also began writing poetry. I have since made a living variously as a comedy screenwriter, teacher, and private tutor in math, science and writing. I’ve released three CDs of original music as the singer-songwriter and guitar player for Crooked Roads (listen to latest tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/crooked-roads). My poetry writing has been inspired by Rumi, Billy Collins, William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings, Antonio Machado, Federico Garcia Lorca, and others. My two books of poetry, "The Morning I Married the Sky," and “Free this Morning” are both available on Amazon.
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