Wednesday, July 30, 2014

earth note 289

as coal cars roll
over the railroad bridge
river below
always wondering
if the destination
is worth the pain

--- e b bortz

Monday, July 28, 2014

earth note 288

a morning chill
can be the wakeup
you've been waiting for

it's not enough to say
the heat's been broken

a new kind of day
can barge right in
when least expected

wild green brush
now a wave
deliberates downwind

broken edges of the sidewalk
become a blur

an orange cat
sits pensive
     suddenly scrambles

a moment is hard to measure

--- e b bortz

Saturday, July 26, 2014

earth note 287


schenley park has been overthrown
by urban cosmopolitan society
     new soccer fields
     all-weather track
it motors on with
bmw & the impatience
of another bureaucratic job
euphemistically dressed
in a snotty
health industry blazer

for every hiker
there are four joggers
with headsets

since the last i wrote about this
the cyclone fence has been replaced
the tennis courts resurfaced

yet the squirrels
are gone
running for the thicket

i follow

--- e b bortz

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

in this moment

the most meaningful
is to trade places
with the most vulnerable
become the parent
of a lynched teenager
become a so-called collateral damage
     a child in gaza
become a disruptor
of the propaganda mill
ignore pundits
expect ostracism
close your eye for an eye
past the walls & borders
     open a hand
     reach out
     past the wire

--- e b bortz

(published in, July 12, 2014)

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

camus still cuts the grass


a couple of barren rooms
look out on friendship avenue
the windows are drape-less
on the second floor
leaving the woodwork
open to view

creative minds
it would seem
clashed within these interiors
a house of painters or potters
even poets

the empty walls
stand together
visible only
by dim reflection
     of years gone

--- e b bortz