>FREE WRITING — A Poem
> The atavistic life of ancient
Turks or for that matter, Romans, before that Scythians
and who knows who else, is a testimony to the fact that human beings have, time and again, perfected the art of lying,
deception and inflicting misery on others who they (or is it we)
‘others’. This is so much like a road
taken again and again
and very much like what I read in Kay Ryan’s poem last night,
that a road NOT taken is a road closed to all, to paraphrase Ryan.
The road is here, there,
everywhere. To me it looms
like blue elephants, slow and majestic.
Or it also becomes dry flowers that usually fall in concentric
rings from trees that hardly care.
My pets, my books, my dear ones, are all strewn
along this road dusted with my little deceptions, obsessions and disharmony.
What is atavistic?
What does it mean?
I can’t even remember because I don’t have my dictionary
or my thesaurus with me. See, how I deceive myself too?
I’m always taking the aid of these tools,
and to a large extent, my computer — the Internet.
on my senses, my own
memory. I keep them gagged.
And we as humans have been doing this over
and over again until some roads — especially those that are NOT
taken and those that WANT
to be taken by so many — are forever closed.
War, deception, memory
linger on like sticky cheese on fingers, making
me sad. Sad because I wish it were different.
But to tell a secret, it also makes me happy, immensely, to note that rigor
is a name applied to anything and everything.
So, there’s a chance!