November 7, 2014
fresh flowers in a front room work,
first look inside, coming in/
it sets the tone, sits you down/
for real work.
near a bright lamp, black beer,
white/ blank/ empty, near,
where a sharp pen pokes it open
& the joke’s on
It’s been so long
since it’s been leaning on the brakes/
and all the blue smoke & smell
are well gone.
. (from “Simpleton”, 2009)