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bis ans Ende

i’ve been overdosing on cop15 updates and explanations between watching the director’s cut of Until the End of the World and getting up now and then to go out to the fence of the house i am staying in to watch the neighbours go out to their front fences to see if there’s going to be a storm or not. there is a forty percent chance of rain today and a fifty percent chance of extinction. the man across the road comes out with his shirt off and his hoops of dangling chest skin exposed. he was probably worried about nuclear war and russians at my age. every generation has its eve of destruction.

but tomorrow is another day. my love and i are moving into a new house after six weeks of musical house-sitting and swags on floors. it’s a normal suburban house and i am very happy about it. to celebrate, here is a normal suburban poem about the apocalypse. it’s not actually forty-two today but it was yesterday.

     this slow day consists of a man
walking to the end of the driveway
     looking up
     a hand cupped
to a burned face
     waiting for rain
     or a sign of some command
to certainty.
     it’s forty-two again.
     each man in his own house
walking to the end of the driveway
     looking up
     his blistered eye
no, those clouds are too high.
     he puts the radio back on
     same news as last hour
if we do not reach consensus
each man in his own house
     he grasps
     percent reductions
     you have to keep yourself informed
     these days
     of who to trust
     he likes to keep on top of things
     the weather
     the approach of dust


  1. Paul wrote:

    That is a fantastic poem, measured, controlled, the tone is perfect. It has structure which highlights the line about consensus and the touch of rhyme at the end (trust, dust) gives it a sense of completeness, acts like the hem of the poem. The Greenhouse is asking for ecopoems, via Poets Union, this would be a great one for that.

    Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 5:14 am | Permalink
  2. jenjen wrote:

    thanks for the tip! speaking of which, did you see this?

    as a sewing person i like 'the hem of the poem' very much.

    Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 9:37 am | Permalink
  3. Paul wrote:

    Yes I did see that and it is nice to see John on the internet saying something on occasion. One of our most famous anarchists, after all. John comes from a completely different educational and indeed cultural background from me. In fact I often think we speak entirely different languages.
    I much prefer to listen to you, Jen.

    Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 9:58 am | Permalink
  4. beckyjo wrote:

    who is your love? please tell. write a blog post about her willya. you can use a fake name.

    Friday, December 18, 2009 at 3:40 am | Permalink
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    oh you are really challenging my public persona now. i'll tell you in an email. j

    Monday, December 21, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Permalink