Things It Would Have Been Good to Know

how to pick a lock
how to hot-wire a car
how to charm a dragon
how to find a mate
the right one
how to ease pain
how to disrupt the transmissions
of evil empires
how to conjure
all manner of things
how to disappear
how to repair a roof
how to keep deer out of the garden
and gophers and aphids
how to dissipate the force of hurricanes,
earthquakes, tornadoes, landslides,
floods, and tsunamis
and heartbreak
how to fight
when to fight
how to undo harm
how to find home
how to steer a boat
how to be still
stealth
and patience
when to head for higher ground
how to see in the dark
timing
how to steal
how to be sneaky
how to lie
how to breathe underwater
how to forgive
when to seek refuge
when to give up
how to find a way
how to get away
how to get past sorrow
how to hold on
when to hold on
when to leave
how to let go

Tether

How do I know where you go when you do not
arrive? Where you are my dark cave or in that
pocket where you dream, can I make a freedom?
Can I escape detection the other side
of this wall I’ve secured for you? See how the
hostage sleeps, never to dream of letting go
this tether though the door’s unlocked all night.

 

 

Let Go Go-Go

this is the part, the part of the part
where you let things go, or let go of them,
or let them lie where they are or
where they were, expand the distance from
where you are, those things you’ve flown over
a thousand times, things in your way
you keep going around, things you’ve
worn down with your little wheel, places
in you that wouldn’t heal, your preoccupied
imagination, failed transformations,
the crossed bones, the loaded dice, the empty
gun, the other vice, insults, results, scrapes,
the surfeit, the lack, the slow escape, that
lackadaisical mac, the knife, the spoon,
the padded room, the barely hanging on,
the day you knew that what you loved was gone,
bad men, bad friends, bad penny, bad bets,
the creepy boss, the rack, that slamming door,
on your knees to scrub the floor, whatever
you can’t count on, the pas de deux, that
pied a terre, the dope, the rue, the drift,
what you faced down, what you can’t face,
the face you had, your current face,
move on, move out, let go of the more
you wanted and what you couldn’t have,
there’s the river, there’s the bridge, wherever
you are, you’ll not be there again.