Saturday, March 29, 2014

Replacing Shoelaces

is such a mundane

that it somehow seems
anciently ritualistic,

something I never have to practice
but always know how to do,

as if I'm tapping into
a timeless practice
native to my species
and instinctive to my body;

a practice, though, that is
going the way
of the dodo
and the post office

as the mass of
ever-advancing humanity
shifts to
and other laceless footcoverings
as we grow
ever more prone
to simply tossing out the old
and buying up the new
before the natural effects of
time and wear
are allowed to settle in.

We're missing the aglet and the string of
the slick and skinny Sunday shoelace
(ever too short)
the puffy snake-patterned hiking boot lace
(ever too long),
though we do seem to be compensating with
the neon, plaid, and other designer fads
that are transforming the lace from a
boring staple of life
to a statement of individual -
or more likely sub-cultural -
which, too, seems necessary
to replace
from time to time.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

One of those Mariah Carey Mornings

You laughed
when you walked in and heard
not the usual Oscar Peterson Pandora station
but the dulcet tones
"Do do doo, dow;
Do do doo do doo d'dow."

Now I must grin
and explain
it's not my fault -
it was stuck in my head when I woke up this morning,
lingering on

throughout breakfast
and the 13 times I watched the music video on YouTube
and for the rest of the day,
til I knew there was
no way I was ever gonna shake her.

You tried to console my indulgence
by suggesting that
some days just had
Mariah Carey mornings
but recommended that
I not tell anyone about the 13 views,
which I gladly would've done,
had she not always been a part of me.

Since gradeschool I've imagined
(upon each hearing of the song)
resting my head on the lap of
my elementary-school crush
as she ran her fingers through my hair,
and sitting, for some reason,
in the basement of my best friend's house
in a mid-90s music video.

I still find in 2014,
time can't erase a feeling that strong

because it's somehow continually soothing
to know and feel
I'll always be someone's baby.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Recuerdos de la Alhambra

"Recuerdos de la Alhambra"
was on one of the few cds
I took to college,
and since it was the first track
and I couldn't figure out how
to program the alarm clock
to play anything but,
I woke to it almost every morning
of my first semester

as if it were my own version
of Bill Murray's
Groundhog day,
only I never tried to kill myself,
or seduce a woman
(at least not the same one repeatedly),
and the events following the awakening
were different.

It's really my favorite
and only
classical guitar piece
I know
and can hum competently,
bringing back memories
each time...
just not of Alhambra.