This is day three of 28 Days of Unreason —
“As with dancing you have to learn the steps” – Jim Harrison
Things my mother told
me don’t always work.
Here is how the dance goes:
One – my eyes surface to discover
the incivility of seven has intruded.
Two – mourn the loss
of the unbeing peace of slumber.
It often isn’t the molten silvered dawn that molests,
but the army ants that inhabit
my joints and ligaments;
or the gestating future ghosts that haunt
my brain – my brain has become
a perpetual motion machine.
Three – brushing my teeth helps.
Four – breakfast soothes the wooly beast that grazes
at my bowl and drinks
out of my coffee cup.
Five – ponder.
Did I forget to turn off
the alarm of my rinse and spin thoughts?
A little over a year ago, I joined Jillys2016 in a challenge called “28 Days of Unreason.” She culled quotes from the poems of Jim Harrison in a book called Songs of Unreason. We used the quotes as prompts; diving boards suspended over the abyss of poetry. Jill is revisiting unreason, and I am skipping gleefully along. Come and join the fun!