Deliverance

remembering trumpsfullhouse
planned forgetting
spontaneity a full house,
repression a lowly pair

erasing the past isdelete key
deleting old email, your

in-box is empty, but…

our eternally modernreplybutton
struggle remains
reply or delete?
reply or delete?
reply or delete
reply. delete.

indecisivehuntandpeck
hunt-and-peck
via archetypical
cartoonish devil
on one shoulder
angel on the otherarcheologist

needing a reboot;

archeologist feverishly
digging away on one scapula
Santayana philosophicallyGeorge_Santayana
musing on the other side

your contemplative
reveries frequently disrupted
answering the doorbell t0

Jacob Marley’s ghostjacobmarley
clad (sans chains) in
Dickensian FedEx uniform

resignedly you scrawlfedexdelivery
your nonchalant signature
on her thick clipboard
close the door beforefedexpackages
tossing the unopened envelope
onto the stack with the others

– Mark Lucker

Clear Cut

Memories are tree stumps

What was, isn’t anymore
what was alive, now is dead
though it harbors new life;
pain, bitterness, wistfulness,
love, remembrance, regret
thrive like so much lichen

On occasion a new shoot
sprouts from the stump,
drawing its nourishment,
its potential new life, from
the decayed remains of
what had once been

While the new seedling may
grow, even thrive skyward

it will never be what was