THE MAIL AND THE MUSIC

 

THE MAIL AND THE MUSIC


When books arrive

in the mail unarmed man,


arms open, their harmony

dangerous, and so


beautiful, Miss Simone.

They send me straight to you.


Jim Bodeen

14 January 2022

WEATHER REPORT

 

WEATHER REPORT, 14 JANUARY 2022

    --yAKIMA

    


Sunrise: 7:41

Freezing fog

22 degrees, feels like 18

Humidity 94 per cent

Visibility 106 yards

Sunset: 4:40*


Jim Bodeen

14 January 2022

OUTLINING THE UNSAID

 










OUTLINING THE UNSAID


Scouring vessels

Even choosing to be wrong

Wherever it leads


Jim Bodeen

8 January 2022






(WALT) Whitman Avenue Range

 











(Walt) Whitman Avenue Range


Not forcing a thing

God’s perfect interruptions

Nothing else fragments


Jim Bodeen

7 January 2022

BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO USE IT!

 

BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO USE IT!


Her phone rings

and it’s the plumber,

He can come today,

sometime before noon.

It rings again,

it’s one of her daughters,

one of the twins.

How ya doin’ Mom?

Good, the plumber’s

coming before noon.

I’m getting a new toilet

and a bidet.

It’s heated.

Dad got me the toilet

for Christmas

and the bidet

for my birthday.


Jim Bodeen

4 January 2022



THE INSTANT OF YOUR BIRTH

 

THE INSTANT OF YOUR BIRTH


    ...all we have--

        unless

            things the imagination feeds upon,

        startle us anew.

            William Carlos Williams


Karen walks into the room,

interrupting this poem,

Thank you for my


birthday cheese slicer,

before I’ve written it--

the instant we chose


each other hadn’t yet

been told us, how angels

interrupted our very lives.


Jim

My love here on your birthday

2 January 2022

POST-SOLSTICE FRAGMENTS

 

SOLSTICE FRAG MENTS

           --for my daughters


The coat she wore,

all ripped out.

Pink with red flannel lining

her name written on

inside label with a magic marker.

Her teacher gets her a new one

but she never wears it.

She wears the pink one.

Her teacher asks her,

Wouldn’t the new one be better.

No, because mama gave me that one

and she lives in Seattle.

She lives with her dad

and his step-mom in Yakima.

Her teacher knows

some one who sews.

Yes, she would like her coat

to be turned into a pillow.


Jim Bodeen

20 December 2021