where time and substance drop
a thoughtlessa dreamless
charcoal clouds on Japanese mountains
a rowboat dragged up across shingle
four men own the beach
their open fire and dark overcoats
timeless, yes

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From the Back

Very small bats and swallows
look for mountains
somewhat crazy

over the down
good water at the edge
moderately clean on the surface

Look slowly
weeds grow

(after Earnest Hemingway)

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Who knows
who said what to you
that you listened to
and believed

and who knows
that I know
it's sad

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