Friday, October 03, 2014


Things I Would Say But Can’t

                       Wanted to know about making art and telling the truth.
                                                                               —Rachel Blau DuPlessis

I should have moved forward a little bit,
like five years,

read page fifteen,
came back home. 

Come back home
and buy a bunch of purple tulips,

very tight ones
that last longer.

Time travel makes
tulips last longer,

makes them tighter, after all.  But
what got squeezed

into?  That almost unforgotten
page from over

fifteen years
ago.  How does

almost unforgetting
happen?  The French

have a saying about it,
if not an actual theory.

I left the tulips in the
Museum of Visual 

As I lie here, 

dying, do I 
still wonder?  

Now what kind 
of mantra is that?