Monthly Archives: March 2016

standing at the bar on a Friday night – a memory

after long hiatus
standing at the bar
with my friend Rodney S.

as she brings my drink  Lyn
shoots a barbed complaint at me
about two year’s worth of
Christmas gifts wreaking havoc
in the space of her small closet
but she pats my hand and smiling tells me
she’s just glad to see me there again

I mull over how the body perceives things
people   changes before the mind appears to –
from this delay must come the false
dichotomy felt between flesh and spirit
I turn my head toward my friend farther down the bar
I see his stunned look
as the other blonde bartender
whispers something to him –
he seems so far away at that moment
so lost   so utterly alone

I move down next to him
my silence matches his
forms a refuge
from the blaring music
then my asking why and his reply:
Just when you’ve found someone
you’ve come to really care about
she decides it’s time for her
to move on.   
again
we each in silence sip our drinks
the music sounds even louder now
as the neon sign in the window
flutters like a heart beating
fast

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2016

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late March day, watching the sky

gray clouds racing white
under wind’s lash: storm’s wild steeds
darkness mixed with light

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2016

ex cathedra

the puncturing of pretentions
of the stately    of the businesslike
I: sitting
then the chair’s seat
suddenly
l
o
w
e
r
e
d   by itself

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2016

a different March Madness

daffodils’ neatness
crowding many roadsides with
orange   white   yellow

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2016

Spring recycling

a thrush gathers twigs
dry petioles   dead grass   down
to make her snug nest
in which to lay speckled eggs
life is a crucial circle

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2016

awake before dawn, looking southwest

the night sky’s mistress
primaveral majesty –
full moon robed in clouds

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2016

turnabout

March   rain   driving wind
proverbial lion   lamb
but now both are threats

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2016