POEM'S CALIFORNIA CAREER
a telephone's unlocatable ringing
kept the beach and the parasols
the eyesight the ocean
had been for so long
struggling to become.
Champion Florida Sun;
rollicking with yachts;
at the water's edge to the right
of a deserted pier
two octaves below Stonehenge;
but Poem was thinking of skirts unpursued,
and whether he'd ever get laid again.
26 OCTOBER 1993
Poem, a beggar-woman two voices
previously, then crow,
shrieked like both at once
over the ashes of his mother
unable to wonder
even the outline
of any kind of re-attachment
that seemed possible in a rational universe
or that would not take
all meaning out of earthly existence
and anything that could follow it
in an irrational one.
ON THE TOILET
Between movements, it occurred to Poem
with an almost-blinding certainty
that his were the most superb lines of verse
in the history of the cosmos.
He chuckled as he thought of how long
it would take the rest of the world
to realize this.
Copyright © 2004 by Bob Grumman
Bob Grumman: Of Poem
Copyright © 1995, Bob Grumman
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The Institute for Broken and Reduced Languages
And Light and Dust Anthology of Poetry