Tuesday, February 19, 2013

After I dropped my coffee outside this morning, everything seemed to change, or maybe

Obtuse, pointless,
Tuesday howled in-
or seemed to.

Without care or criticism,
the steady, edgeless air blew-
or was blown-
toppling all containers and 
moving shadows,
dumbfounded.

Picking up and walking on,
I nosed for form in the cold sprawl,
for some meaningful monochrome insight
that i could coax later
when i was warmer,
for savvy in the bluster,
for willing feeling in numbness.

But I found no rhetoric in my frozen fingertips,
or acumen in a puddle of spilled coffee
and my greenest of thoughts 
just bleached white
in the wind

There is no shelter
that isn't made of words,
and I can't use them anymore
than I could use the weather.

After all,
who in his right mind
would dare call that distant, rippling flag 
unflappable?

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