Poetry Blog by Robert C Gaulke

The happiness of others

 

in the rush of senses
heat of moments
in young ambitions
on wheels of commerce

fleets of feeling
ping our sonar
pushing emotions
beyond borders  

into the happiness of others
what we discover
in looks of couples
in historical novels

in the happiness of others
pressing our desires
into shapes
we struggle to handle 

other people 
invade our dreaming
with hands and mout...

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O, Lve

 

 

love lies in pieces

half of it at home

big part with you

rest, out the door 

 

landing on billboard posters

taken with exhaust

of a fleet distribution network

interstate trailer trucks

 

particles on people I work with

particles with strangers in pain

molecules on pornography

quarks within the city state

 

what's the use of gathering it 

pu...

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Habits Change

 

he never had nervous ticks; 

he wasn’t Zizek

lately he’d been getting

into the habit of choking himself

 

it wasn’t a fetish; that he’d checked

rather it came after

a series of bodily warnings

that he was coming out of himself

 

he started pruning hairs 

in strange places 

he started to sweat 

on the top of his head

 

he had to shave now 

almost...

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face of god

 

live your life 

in a deep state of uncertainty 

 

nightly

slaughtered by a thousand

 

doubts lined up 

in artillery squadrons 

 

on the furrows 

of the brow 

 

hormones 

echo through the morning 

 

ricocheting 

through plumbing

 

search for survivors

won’t be called off for another eight hours

 

still time left

to get in and ou...

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mouthfeel

 

what we crave

everything we make

what's baking us hungry 

minds can't stop eating

 

replayed again and again 

meals in miniature form

no need to explain  

know the taste when you taste it

 

somebody loved you too much

they couldn't get enough

an empty stomach

full of disappointments

 

three directions at once

always out to lunch

trinity screa...

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Survival, Carolina

understand 

the nature of things

when everything is

flailing around your head

 

survival 

might depend

on a flashlight

loaf of bread 

 

arrogance of man 

splayed for all to see 

saints sinners flung toys 

on a sandless beach

 

tragedy feels

satisfying somehow

when we lose everything

but raw bleeding love

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cheap watches

cheap watches

 

we met on this poetry blog

her work needed work

 

mine didn’t stop her 

from telling me what to throw out

 

cutting adverbs

until we were throwing 

 

knapsacks 

against lamps 

 

pants against 

the glass

 

moments laid out 

in cheap watches

 

red lines against black

sensing satisfaction 

 

furtive at best 

when ...

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Professionals

you play the game desperately

desperately is how you play it

 

with the luck of a beginner

and the fatalism of an expert

 

at any moment you could surprise us

with a brilliant move

 

at any moment you could quit

with an expression that stops us cold

 

we tell stories about you

we're telling them about ourselves

 

ripping a hole through our myths

you'...

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Hiding Out

 

I wanna crawl into you

the world is too cruel

 

Into a ball into your fur

make that tick-tock stop for good

 

you’ve got a calm 

I could never achieve

 

I’ve got anxieties 

you’d never believe

 

they wait for me 

outside your door 

 

I could give you all

my energy 

 

you could take it

turn it into heat

 

burning through this life

...

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Collectors

Collectors

 

you have to flatten people

it makes them more collectible

then you put them in categories

 

arranged by how 

helpful they are

to you in your life

 

sort them by situations 

attitudes 

or intuitions

 

of course they might 

occasionally

surprise you 

 

and do 

something

inconsistent

 

but that’s one of the 

dangers

...

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Draw

draw

 

take your crayons
use my pen
mark up books
leave ink stains

 

scratching lines
paint them over again

try on sizes
see what happens

 

mix in some pain
and some happiness
two sides
of the same process

 

we’ll call it a draw

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Janell at the NYPL

Janella at the NYPL

I always felt like 
I was the daughter of 
someone important

that this woman
whom I called “mom”
was little more than a servant

I couldn’t belong
to such a family
that appeared so ignorant

I heard about 
myself in songs

caught glimpses 
of myself in films

and was certain
I could learn 

who I really was 
from books

and in this
I wasn’t wrong

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