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I used to live in a house that stood by itself,
On the comer of a large lot.
The small road on the side, going up a hill,
And the road in front both carried some traffic,
But by and large
The noises that I heard
Were made by me,
The cats and the dog,
And family members,
All of whom eventually left
One way or another.
Now I live in a two-family house,
On the bottom floor.
My cats still tell me what they want
(I guess that's what they're doing)
But I hear a lot more too:
People next door,
Large trucks and dog-walkers out on the street,
And indeterminite sounds,
Unplaceable, unintelligible. Usually the noise is barely audible,
And sounds strangely like voices talking to me.
The shower door opening and closing
Has vowels and consonants.
Often I seem to hear my name-
Or some message I can't quite make out.
I think of olden days
When certain people claimed their God
Talked to them,
Told them what to do.
I thought they made it up,
Pretended to have heard God speak;
But maybe, like me,
They heard what they reported,
Interpreting the soft sounds as God telling them
What he had to say.
Patricia Fillingham _____________________________
The universe begins on West 4th Street
winds its way around Omaha, dips
into the sun, makes a little bang
and drops back to skip along Barrow Street
like a stone:
Life as we know it began dying on
Bleecker Street one paper coffee cup at a time.
7th Avenue screamed in the red of traffic light,
The guardian angels of storefronts plucked
their feathers from their wings until
there were no more angels
everyone is suddenly a stranger-where
are the stores, the shops?
Today the universe has shrunk
It can fit in the dot of a small "i".
BUGS ON THE BRAIN
Bewilderness when I wrote "leather"
Forgot where I was made a turn i disremembered
Doctor says I could take a pill to ward off this
Keep till later the only sometimes I'll wake up
Until I don't wake up and am a Zombie with no bowel training
People already look
At me with such amaze
I wonder if I have on
Enough clothes or did I
Lose loose change or gust about,
a tornado out of gear?
When Vincent did his painting of
crows that was when
He lost all.
What was that likened? Did Lazarus smell?
And I am slipping glimpse a crevasse before or
Belowcut cut acute cut
Where can I find you? How? How much How
Green was my Valley?
Created on ... September 27, 2007