✿ three koans

take a ride
in a car with me
in simple terms
this means
take off your clothes

less awkwardly
i want to say
my dreams
could not
have predicted you

* * *

the world
twists up through me—
ectoplasm, Charlie Brown,
marshmallows on a stick—
the little girl sits
with legs
impossibly splayed
and plays
the ukulele

* * *

there are things
i didn’t mean
to say
and other things that fall
like turds on cement
the first things are
the ones that fly
off saying
thank you
over their shoulder


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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