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BY Michael

04/01 Direct Link

I wake up to house noises

and anxieties of sudden

repairs ripping holes

in the basement

as exotic offspring

and mysterious women

suck my bank accounts dry.

My body is begging for sleep

yet she drags me from

my bed to execute obsolete programs

until the nausea

forces me to my knees.

It is Sunday.

and I me lost in

pre-Easter pink spring

bunny rabbit land

of soft buds and promised new life.

They make the churches out

of brick here in resurrection land

so not just any soul can crawl in

on any given weekend

weeping with dry heaves.

04/02 Direct Link


My eyes are gone.†

I can barely hear the chorale.†

I have been staring too

long at this

curious little

pattern of

swarming dots

and they carried

my eyes off as I

danced on a fine wire of current.

It was grace you know.†

Grace taught me to breathe

and grace taught me to sing.†

In pause,

the fleshy ratchet of brain and bone,

is listening

for a breath larger than the forest:†

the soft rise of the Earth.†

This air pulled into my lungs

tastes like music.

It has me on my knees,

pulling the soul out of me.

04/03 Direct Link

My eyes are gone.†

I have been too long at the tube

this morning and curious

little colored flies have

carried them off as I danced

on a current of grace.†

Arches sliding along

vibrating aluminum wiresó

we pause to sun dance--

It was grace

taught me to breathe,

to sing, and to dance.†

I pause and listen

to the soft rise of the earth.

I pull air into my lungs

and it sounds like Jazz.††

With a capital "J."†

It is music.†

Mumbo jumbo Jazz,

your favorite station for

all the life you can gulp,

you wireless junkie you.

04/04 Direct Link

This is the Midnight Word Man

†on Mumbo Jumbo Jazz,

your favorite tin and nail

crystal radio station

for all the words,

all the music,

all the fears,

all the subliminal tap,

all the self-absorbing fear spiraling

up your own asshole

ergots of the nation of Iisondalam

all the poetry, all the time,

all the gulp and gasp,

choking and fusing

holding on for know you can do it

while the bullets zip through the wall

all the rioting arms and hands thrown into the air

like caps on graduation day

for a well-armed populace

and a one-eyed word-man junkie.

04/05 Direct Link

It doesnít matter that my eyes are going.

†I can still hear the chorale.†

I only wish I had

stared at more naked wimmen.

I never stared at enough naked women,

Never touched enough

Never made love to enough of them.

If I could do it again

I would not set my standards so high

Because in the end

They were all breathlessly beautiful.

I could not stop staring.

My heart would not stop beating.

I spent too many mornings

and too many late evenings staring at the toob

until curious swarming dots

of fruit flies carried my eyes off.†

04/06 Direct Link

Hell yes

I wish I had written more.

I still can.

I am a fucking Trollope.

†but I have spent too many days staring at things I never see,

listening to things I never hear,

and sinking into solemn rivers of ancient religious replica

that bead up on my skin

and run off before I rise

from the mud.

Yes: grace.

†Psyche gave me grace.†

She taught me to breathe,

to speak in my own tongue.†

She taught me to sing.†

In every beat,

in every pause of muscle,

in every whisper of an eyelash

and I piss on it.

04/07 Direct Link

I am listening carefully.†

I hear the deep whisper breathing

of the stones;

I hear the singing of the trees and

the great Halleluiah of billions of souls

rasping this mantra to millions of gods.†

I can feel the soft rise of the earth

waking each morning,

the ripple across the horizon

as the rise rolls on

and around the globe.†

The perfume and stench,

the calm and clatter of this life

has infested my body

†and it sounds like music.†

Music has me on my knees.

It has broken my heart,

and is wringing the soul out of me.

04/08 Direct Link

I put Tom on the plane for the UK yesterday afternoon.† His mother was there and a couple of his buddies.† Pictures were taken all around. I suppose I can find a new picture of me on his Face book now, although there is something that causes me to avoid Face book.† The house is predictably empty; the rooms previously inhabited by my son now a museum of his passing through.† This is Easter, hinge day for me. I am to set a velocity going forward.† My first thought is that I donít know the new settings, but I do.

04/09 Direct Link

Maybe I didnít know the direction after all.† Maybe, like so many other things, the coalmine canary in me took over and just lay down on the bottom of the cage until it could breathe again. There was one day I began counting the things pressing me to the bottom of that cage and I stopped when I reached ten. I rolled over brushing off the bird seed and began reading the Ďlil Abner strip there.† It was below Dick Tracey and above Orphan Annie and Henry.† I donít know why they called them the funny papers. They werenít funny.

04/10 Direct Link

Iíve been thinking about my piano lately. She has been talking to me again. It is often those things I am most afraid of that become the brightest points in my life.† I know what it feels like to touch those keys. It is like these keys, only the transformation is more immediate; the fingers go deeper and bloom in your heart.† It demands a certain abandon, a letting go of other things in life.† I donít think those things matter much anymore.† Some no longer exist. Others no longer have audible voices or perhaps have forgotten I am here.

04/11 Direct Link

You can put off a thing one or two days and just the same as doing a thing every day the not doing becomes your life. So that in the same way that you put things into your life you take them out of your life, only it may be that the process of things slipping out of your life is more insidious. I remember the decision I made to return my parents to my life. It was some thirty years ago and I just started calling them every Saturday. It was as if they had been waiting for me.

04/12 Direct Link
Looney ~† Part I


The moon is nailed there,

like a silver dollar

to the cloth of pearly dark sky,

nearly lost in cloud whispers, trees, and

planetary paraphernalia.

Butt-parked in a gravel lot

behind the dive shop at night,

I am here because

this is the place I have taken

myself this particular night.

The roofline of the shop angles

hard against the sky,

followed closely by other

lumpy night shadows.

I can see the pitch of the shingle edges,

lapped one over the other.

I hear the lake slopping against the bank.

Insects bucking up to sing,

to shine,

in pre-spawning kiss.

04/13 Direct Link

An occasional car passes on

the highway above,

upholstery-covered sheet metal gleaming

inside-out beneath the moon,

sliding through moist petals of night,

pistoning rage strapped inside the

hard-edged engine block.

I am nestled down here

half way down this bluff

quiet with the insects

frogs and cats

in the night,

window rolled down

parked behind the dive shop.

A wheeze, rattle, and roar breaks

the night as the dive-shop compressor

comes to life, gasping to stuff

damp night air into the pressure tank.

Always the push of hard air

molecules spinning

rushing the carburetor

stiffening the hoses,

burnishing the brass.

04/14 Direct Link

This new tortured piston greedily

shoves all: the night, the clouds.

It gasps and gags,

drawing in shadows

and sounds of the cars.

It inhales the nutty hardness of gravel,

the slope of the roof,

and the singing crickets by the road.

It coughs and reaches overhead

to suck in the dark looming

branches of the trees,

vacuuming stars from the sky,

and slurping soft lake noises

from the shore.

It presses soft consideration

over my car,

over my boot,

snaking aside at the last moment

to intake an oil drum, a wheelbarrow,

and 350 square feet of backyard sod.

04/15 Direct Link

Still hungry, the old compressor

rattles its flywheel like an angry weapon,

and turns its carburetor head skyward

while I, hunter-still,

remain hidden in silence and shadow.

Its hairy thick metal brow moves,

searching, tasting the air.

Leering at the round of light above, it pauses.

We three are locked now in predatory study.

Somewhere beneath the torqued nuts

and milled metal a decision is made.

The shaggy molten head reaches out, neck thinning.

It stretches farther, beyond reaching,

accelerating,

diving like a clean aluminum arrow,

straight into the heart of the sky,

closing its wicked jaws over the moon.

04/16 Direct Link

The old motor growls and

with one horrendous inspiration,

it sucks, belches, and

swallows the glowing orb.

It gives a cough

and a dying wheeze.

The flywheel catches.

The compressor stops.

Darkness falls like a heavy

blanket of sky, while silence

spans the night

like an iron bridge.

I have reason now,

to stop and ponder,

to philosophize and

take this home with me

like any other strange story.

Boy chases dog.

UFO captures alien.

Machine eats Moon.

But there is more here:

This is opportunity,

this is myth unfolding.

For this I don't need light.

I don't need philosophy.

04/17 Direct Link

Opening the trunk of my car,

I lift out my diving gear

setting the tank boot on the ground

feeling it seat itself in the gravel

and fasten the weight belt

around my waist.

Carrying my gear through the dark,

I find the shop door,

the key already in my hand,

and let myself in.

Tonight, I understand;

tonight I am mystic,

magician.

Asleep now,

the machine lies against a wall

like a wasted alcoholic

sleeping under its bloated tank.

With a certitude that transcends the dark,

I attach my own,

filling it with the evening,

stars and the moon.

04/18 Direct Link

Out by the lake

I dump my wet suit and

dress in fresh darkness

and slip beneath the cold quiet water.

Listening to my breath crawling

through the regulator,

feeling the water seep through my suit,

I dive long and deep,

following the familiar slope

of the muddy bottom.

I hear the bubbles sliding

from the valve now.

Singing like the crickets,

they rise and expand in the water.

I exist in darkness and

gradients of pressure,

while the bubbles rise,

taking the cool of the night air from above,

the crackle of the

rough gravel on the parking lot.

04/19 Direct Link

I am darkness flowing into darkness,

angling deeper into the deep water

The pressure popping my ears

streaming the new world behind

with each exhalation

in growing racing quivering pockets of air.

Each one has a sound, a picture.

Sighing like the cars on the road,

tires beading on asphalt,

they run, grow, and glow,

the slope of the dive shop roof,

and the trees scraping its shingles.

Stars rising like carp

spawning in the shallows:

the new night now exhaled in loony bubbles

tumbling like moon puppies to the surface.

And the deeper I go, the farther I see.

04/20 Direct Link

I just spent an hour doing ďpaper work.Ē† This reminds me of a manager working mail or email going through piece after piece trying to not handle †any one piece more than once, but knowing that some just need to be put aside for later. I know that some should also just be thrown out but I find that difficult.† I find that difficult becauseÖwhy is that Michael? Then too, I am still sorting through mail being sent to my older son who has recently moved to the UK. Four checks for a total of $317 today. Not bad Tom.

04/21 Direct Link

I was thinking earlier that I should take the 3:00 Ativan.† I had the impression that I was rushing through the house screaming some mad pre-verbal chant, my eyes so wide open that my head still hurts. I had the feeling I was on roller skates, the old kind with trucks; not the in-line kind. I think Iím ok now, but the memory of that earlier vision scares me. Knowing that the Ativan will likely put me to sleep while I am now having a fairly productive afternoon puts me off a little too. To Ativan or to not Ativan.

04/22 Direct Link

I walk the road

where the automobiles

beat by in endless stream.†

An endless plume:

the combustive communion

fighting their way upstream

to mate.

The exhaust and fuel mist rises

slowly in the air

like a fog of holy water,

a dark ghost growing

rising above the trees,

spreading out across the state.†

We inhale, and suck in the oily sweat

and begin to cough.†

Out of the cough flies

shrieking, smoldering words

of insanity and lust.†

The first cough out

of a human mind†

poisoned awake,

receiving awareness in one

flash of inspiration just

as the gasoline mist ignites.

04/23 Direct Link

Sunday morning,

I'm on my way to church, and

I have this vision.

It is a grandfather in

In the same church

who's a man not much older

than I am

whose grandson has just died.†

His grandson has been run over by a school bus and

I see this man in my mind and

I see this man as a†

small dark experience of pain, and

I see the man sitting next to him as

another small dark experience of pain, and

I see the woman in the pew in front of†

him as another dark experience of pain.

04/24 Direct Link

The church begins to

fill with shadows of people and

shadows of their lives

moving in

close ranks behind them.

These shadows are just portraits of

pain sitting in the pews with

life flowing out of their mouths like a

noble hymn.†

All humanity is just one assembled mass of

portraits of pain that resonate with one another and

the resonance flows and vibrates against this

cast metal cross which begins to vibrate and

loosen the nails holding it to the wall.†

Where will you be when it flies free?†

When it begins its final descent?†

Bring me your pain.†

04/25 Direct Link

I see a small man and

he's just a concentrated packet of pain.† And

I'm large.† I am too large.†

I am too large to be a writer.†

I need to be a lumber jack,

a furniture mover, a World Fucking Federation Wrestler.††

Large too

Is associated

with pain and

numbness and

absence of meaning.†

The mythology that informs my brain says

the male is large, loping, and

something foggy, while

the female is small and perfect.†

The male is large,

sordid,

sterile, and

associated

with pain.†

What the fuck force has driven that through the fuses of my brain?†

04/26 Direct Link

My laptop is dying.† It started about a year ago when the battery went.† I ordered a new battery and that was that.† At some point, it started informing me that the wireless adaptor was obsolete and needed to be replaced.† It still works most of the time, but you have to coax it.† Then I nudged it off the desk, destroying two of the USB ports.† Most recently I have lost the keyboard. Iím not convinced it is the physical keyboard.† I am using a USB keyboard now.† I think I have about a year left on this machine.

04/27 Direct Link

There are times I donít think about being alone, times when I am at peace with it.† I am however acutely aware that the people who brightly talk up the virtues of living alone are all in relatively stable relationships themselves; every one.†† I wonder if you, the one with whom I am supposed to be paired is silently cursing me for my ineptitude at making a life with you, for my inability to identify you appropriately, for my failure to overcome exotic phobias that prevent me from talking to you.† You must be quite angry with me by now.

04/28 Direct Link

My grandson calls to spend the weekend with me.† Daniel is fifteen.† I pick him up on Saturday afternoon.† He, like my sons, like my father contains elements of me mixed with surprises.† It is always the surprises I have to sort out.† We are both hungry, so we go to the Old Town in Ann Arbor because I want a burger, but they are not open yet.† We are very hungry so we go across the street to the Fleetwood where Daniel orders the burger that is 50% ground bacon.† Daniel eats a lot of bacon. This is a surprise.

04/29 Direct Link

Danielís father has taken a job in the UK.† Daniel has a room in my house.† His father had stayed at my house prior to moving to the UK.† Daniel asks if he can sleep in his fatherís room.† Requests are not always what they seem.† Daniel spends much of Saturday moving into his fatherís room, cleaning it, doing his fatherís laundry, packing things his father left behind.† ďHeís coming back,Ē I say.† ďWhen?Ē I donít know. †We donít know. †It sounds worse somehow than it is. †It is hard being a father.† I understand this.† Grandfather is much easier.†

04/30 Direct Link

It is the last day of the month.† Close-out day for 100 words.† How many batches can you close out?† You are limited theoretically by your lifespan, although I can immediately see other options.† Writing by proxy.† I envision a program that spews out random words and logs a batch for me every day† until Roy changes his program so that my program is no longer compatible.† My program dies.† Roy dies.† 100 Words dies.† My father assured me that nothing lasts forever.† Perhaps that is why he is so afraid of death.† Mathematics assures me that everything is certain.