Trilobite

three poems

Mark Johnson

Also and Too

1


Leave nothing undone, risk finding yourself

answerable for disorder ! When I say that is being


capacious, like a great river, and say also, or


maybe something like the opposite like

being perceived

minutely as one for whom

food, yes, is pleasant but whose

desire for knowledge


of evil

makes laziness impossible, you


add - we made a deal - Some

find it in music


if they are usually doing it, while

others are liable to seize upon ——

are made happy by mittens

nine out of ten, mittens

and why not, I love mine.

I love mine too.


2


They say

means of gratification are many

if you’ve been forewarned

every moment past

-keep ’em coming- will


be followed by pain.

“They” is clearly the voice of self-love

of course it is - the light that, climbing


sap-like inside a tree up

to the top seems


valuable, of value, when you

are stationed there, too –

“light,” another name for

that various power whose loss

you were forewarned against.

O sensitive parrot aware you

never encountered language


3


Does pain affect mind ? Let

a beast look around a

degree of folly


is of trifling consequence except when

supercharged by the misery to which


a beast is exposed acting

on this short life. Then, the folly

does it a wickedness,

there is one emotion. Well


much that is alarming binds us

to this life but also, happily,

rivets, nothing, drunkenness

do too !

A Effort

1


Why not warn me

I am holding my one fish

tangible reward of thrift

incautiously too near the fire ?

You are thinking you’re young

who doesn’t love a youthful crime

do wrong and return to virtue later


but – you are old, mind wisely gone,

my farmed fish a coal a bit

excited by the injury done it

after death before


dinner. Always die poor !

The glorious view

up here, at last

not a fall risk.


2


In every classic age

a effort suffices to win

the spoils of sundry triumphs

minus remorse,

a plus. Not now. In

this period THE duty’s been

“research clade


of selves.”

Yet hope applies its own odd force,

doubt whether modern physician…

I will fall from a precipice ?

Anyway, was it ever, when ??

vain to hope one’s tiny, best

failures might be remembered ?

Not even in classic ages !


3


This lobby seems


the


place for a horse


to sleep but stay, Sleep ! Mental balance,


horse, is inconsistent with


relief. So I am not


a rider. You are


not weary. Why mercy, then – if mercy we


admit we suffer and our work suffers,


we suffer, our work suffers – and see


every little thwarted thing ride us


out into water…

Deserving Nature

1


Few arguments

for deserving nature


in its local form surpass

When the day,


hunting approbation, begins


before other days,

I forgive it.


2


Having

practiced


and practiced

gregariousness till


you like your fellow men

as they are – your failure then

complete and final – being

itself puts you within


reach of a muscular,

pleasing failure

health.


3


Don’t negotiate

it away, glory


in the brand which

marks you for a villain that velocity,

if you

leave every other being unmolested

as during your infancy


well, I have often been amazed at the lack

of bygones - put plainly, of a


past - amongst those who left every

other being unmolested. Not

surviving is

as disgraceful as a nation.

Above, some absurdities


not unlike the beauty of a chin.


4


Labor to cherish as tender

anything labor


can tenderize ! stuff

preciouser than toast


say, doubt – as for that, act

as if doubt had secured by

indirectly forbidden means


the right to prevent its own destruction.

Go

doubt you’re asleep, that

morning will come, that

it’s come, that it


hasn’t come

for you. Doubt a

statement of purposelessness really a feint

mentioning tender green fields, animals, air, can

repel false honor, bad support,

wrong education, INTERESTED nurture, plus also

the forcible prohibition of discussion

of misery, the object and tendency


of which is to promote

misery.