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Ode to My Shoes

 

Ode to My Shoes

From the tip of your tongue

To your very sole.

You support me wherever I go.

And if I sometimes take you off

I hope I’m not putting you off

We’re too tightly laced together

For that.

You have uppers

But you never take them.

And if I need a toe

You have two of them.

You’re made by last,

And we’re made to last

Even though I walk all over you.

I won’t give you the boot,

Shoe.

You’re so important to me

I can barely stand it.

 

Dan Verner

 

April 15, 2019

 

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Intimation

Intimation

The pharmacy clerk

At the counter

Knows me by sight.

Such are the intimations

Of mortality

These days.

 

Dan Verner

April 14, 2019

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Scenes from an Easter Week

Scenes from Easter Week

The press of crowds in the Holy City

For the Feast of the Passover

And One comes to claim a throne

Seated on a donkey

He is silent but

Speaks by his actions

Drawing acclamation and praise from those along the way. Then the silence of an upper room a ritual feast renewed feet washed bread broken a commandment given s trust betrayed a hymn sung prayer and loneliness in a garden a quick arrest

Then unspeakable violence and torture

Then a surrender of breath.

It is finished and then

A deposition

Three long days

And then

An empty tomb

And rejoicing.

 

Dan Verner

April 13, 2019

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Wordsworth Had It Right

Wordsworth Had It Right

Beauty is Nature’s gift to herself.

She stands clad in

Myriad colors

Finding her vision in

Lake and echo of cave

But only for a time

And space

Making the spectacle

Even more to be

Treasured.

 

Dan Verner

April 12, 2019

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Wordsworth Had It Right

Wordsworth Had It Right

Beauty is Nature’s gift to herself.

She stands clad in

Myriad colors

Finding her vision in

Lake and echo of cave

But only for a time

And space

Making the spectacle

Even more to be

Treasured.

 

Dan Verner

April 12, 2019

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Portrait of a Black Hole

 

Portrait of a Black Hole

So researchers finally got a black hole

To sit for its picture.

The victim of too much science-fiction,

I imagined something like a dragon devouring universes

Or a whale scooping up solar systems

Or a quantum  vortex enabling time travel

But when I saw the picture

It looked like a very large

Ring of fire.

Johnny Cash, you were right.

 

Dan Verner

April 11, 2019

 

 

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Chocolate

Chocolate

This year for Lent

I gave up chocolate.

That doesn’t seem like much

But understand that

For all practical purposes

I am addicted to chocolate.

But it hasn’t been that bad

And I have watched my cravings

Fade into insignificance

As the weeks have gone on

And I think no wonder

When I compare giving up chocolate

To giving up one’s

Life.

 

Dan Verner

April 10, 2019

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