Tuesday, October 4, 2016

I Rent Out My Sweet Days

I am a renter of time
I rent out my days
all my sweet days
named for gods and Roman sons of gods
I rent them out

I can't keep a one, not a one
Can't put them up in jars
prick them all over with cloves
save them to the cloud
I rent out my days and I can never stop

I rented out today
to letting the populace know
Minnesota is getting browner
speaking in tongues never
spoken in Minnesota before
I wrote up this side's view
and that side's view
and was careful not to
leave out the views of the
people in the middle
and the dead

oh, let everyone in the land
of sky blue water
turn black as a December 2 a.m.
speak in caws and whistles
let the marble busts
at the state capitol wear the hijab
this was not worth
my precious today

I've rented out all the sweet
todays of my life
leaving no today left to write
down the important things
like I am me
like this was my was
like this is my now
like these are the monsters
my dog protects me from
but my dog is getting old