Born A “Tweener”, I’m Lodge Between Rainer Maria Rilke and Ray Wylie Hubbard   4 comments

Somewhere between reading Rainer Maria Rilke and listening to Ray Wylie Hubbard’s latest CD, “The Grifter’s Hymnal,” the following just flowed out — as usual, no rewrite, you get what you see.

THE BODY SLOWS ME DOWN

The body slows me down,
but the blood still flows,
the soul hasn’t slowed
fostering a deep and
necessary intimacy with life.

The body slows me down,
but I count my blessing
without a 60-cycle hum,
freed from habitual
trains of thought.

The body slows me down,
but the poets still, please
with a taste of bittersweet chocolate,
burning through the words
manifested in music.

The body slows me down,
but my mind leads the
way to an enigmatic mystery,
seeking a Rilke Maria’s moment
freed by Ray Wylie’s applause.

The body slows me  down,
but I keep running
from the ghosts that
keep on coming
around the bend.

The body slows me down,
but its dividing outline
is no longer there
providing a membrane
between inner and outer worlds.

The body slows me down,
but I can still hum 
Polk Salad Sally,
framing cosmic image
descending from invisible heights.

The body slows me down,
but I still use my imagination
to inspire conscious thinking,
allowing “the damn fox
do what a damn fox does.”

kenne

“The days I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, I have really good days.”
— Ray Wylie Hubbard

4 responses to “Born A “Tweener”, I’m Lodge Between Rainer Maria Rilke and Ray Wylie Hubbard

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  1. As one who’s “body slows me down”, I find this haunting and lovely.
    Alice

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  2. Reblogged this on Becoming is Superior to Being and commented:

    A post from January 2013. — kenne

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  3. Enjoyed your poem! True, true the body limits what the rest of me can do in a given span of time!

    We see Ray Wylie Hubbard live a couple times each year – blessed to share central Texas with him.

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