20100827

C. W. Emerson

TEN THEN

To my boy’s eye the cypress could outreach the sky
but it barely stood seven foot tall. I was ten
the time you chose to jack and abandon us all
when we listened so hard for your taking leave song
I was ten. All that we had was all we
could sell. I was ten then. It would be ten
years more before the first faint flurries of hope the
first new shoots of forgiveness could take root unseen under
the green tree line. Now nothing towers over me anymore.
Me I was ten then. Nothing small remains small forever.

20100825

CaLokie

TEN EXISTENTIALISTS

Ten existentialists gazing into abyss, one fell asleep. Now there’s
Nine existentialists viewing the abyss, one watched TV. Now there’s
Eight existentialists meditating on abyss, one got religion. Now there’s
Seven existentialists glancing within abyss, one went shopping. Now there’s
Six existentialists observing the abyss, one got job. Now there’s
Five existentialists seeing old abyss, one voted Republican. Now there’s
Four existentialists seeing new abyss, one voted Democratic. Now there’s
Three existentialists peering into abyss, one got married. Now there’s
Two existentialists staring into abyss, one’s eyes blinked. Now only
One who looked into abyss and leaped. To be continued.

20100815

Don Kingfisher Campbell (contest host)

THANKS TO TEN CIRCLING ELECTRONS I CAN SEE BOLD NEON

Collected ten hydrogens put a butane lighter in my pocket
In my mind I can only imagine spacetime dimensions heft
Connected by superstrings smaller than any thing I might hold
Opposite a New General Catalog object known as spiral galaxy
In the constellation Sculptor seen with aid of Hubble scope
But it's the Saros number that brings me to Earth
Solar and lunar eclipses coinciding with those ten biblical plagues
More immediately I spend dimes on music rich in tenths
Beethoven's violin sonatas and Pearl Jam then I'm back at
The computer to stream Capricorn One with 10 for dessert