Purple's Platitudes

nothing but words …

follow the white rabbit

29 June 2006

follow the white rabbit

 

center stage –

the audience politely applauds,

 

(well, at least some of them).

 

I remove my top hat,

show them it is empty

inside, and just to convince

them, collapse it flat.

Then, with a loud POP,

I snap it back into form.

 

(one or two applaud sarcastically).

 

I set the hat on the stage and

with a flourish of my hand,

a magic wand appears,

 

(no one applauds).

 

“Ladies and gentlemen …”

Blah, blah, blah … white

rabbit out of my hat …

Snare drum roll,

wave the magic wand,

say a few magic words,

AND … nothing!

 

(those same two applaud once again)

 

Behind me,

an adorable white rabbit hops

across the stage,

right up to me and the top hat.

It pauses,

looks up at me or out at them,

and hops into the hat

and disappears.

I follow.

 

(Everyone applauds!)

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Futility 3

28 June 2006

Futility 3

 

and on the next day

“maybe it is for the best”

a window opened

 

but is it too late?

freedom costs everything.

— a different death.

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Reprieve (2)

27 June 2006

Reprieve (2)

 

no rain. (yet)

forceful winds drive the clouds,

cattle-like,

across a rapidly changing sky.

 

elm and sycamore

reveal a paler side in warning;

in agreement,

wildlife shelters from the scented storm.

 

But then,

like a gentle sigh of contentment,

the sun

and for a moment I can smile.

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Futility 2

27 June 2006

Futility 2

 

on the day after,

death litters the windowsill,

just as expected.

 

Inside, still I gaze

at life streaming by outside,

saddened by windows.

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Futility 1

26 June 2006

Futility I

 

bugs inside, looking

out at what cannot be reached,

die trying to live.

 

Inside, I too look

out through eyes reaching further

than living to die.

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darkness hides my eyes

22 June 2006

 

darkness hides my eyes.

For now a window is closed.

No one sees my soul.

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lightning bugs mingle

22 June 2006

 

lightning bugs mingle

within the darkest shadows

hoping to attract.

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new hatchling swallows

22 June 2006

 

new hatchling swallows,

left to tremble through the storm

conquer one more fear.

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fishing for my thoughts

22 June 2006

 

fishing for my thoughts –

cast into the river

and wait for a nibble.

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