by jhon baker

the up portion of both arms is sunburned from riding a motorcycle on a beautiful day. This isn’t a complaint – I enjoyed the ride. Due to the over exposure to the sun I have found more energy that I am straining to know what to do with. This is not a complaint – I like the energy. I think my garage should be my focus and maybe buying a basket case motorcycle and putting it all together again – something to do but the garage is a mess and must come first.

Today is Federico Garcia Lorca’s birthday. Happy birthday my compatriot – your end was too soon and violent – this is a complaint.

I am rereading Moby Dick – last read over twenty years ago. I hardly remember the book – this isn’t a complaint.

The air is full of birds chatter and cackling squirrels running, chasing and enjoying the bounty of acorns  that have begun to litter my yard. – this is a half non-complaint.

Apples have no bearing on the proximity of doctors.

here is a poem…

butterflies in my beard

–        for Micael Chadwick

skies painted dioxazine, phthalocyanine,
violet, prussian, phthalo blues and greens
cerulean and sunkissed naples yellow

portraits of madmen at 35 and aging
midnight scenes on the arroyo
crossing lethean black waters
held fast to the stern

I have ultramarine oils
smeared across my forehead
because of you

butterflies in my beard
and cadmium red
staining my fingertips
because of you

we have met under porches
moonlit nights
waltzing, caroling

my heart has broken
handheld and shopped for nothings
with birds singing
and faces picked up in backyards

– Hoc Scripsi

6 Comments to “sunburned”

  1. Your timing is perfect. I didn’t realize – or perhaps I did and had forgotten – that I shared this birthday. It was two years ago today that my life ended and began again… It seems a lifetime in and of itself, these last two years. Hard to believe so little time has actually passed. Especially when I consider that it feels like I have been your friend, and your brother, for centuries.

  2. Love this post.. all of it.. every syllable ..
    and it makes me think of some complaints and half complaints and non-complaints..i won’t bore you with those..
    excellent read tonite!

  3. I’ve been wanting to buy a motorcycle lately. This adds fuel to that fire! Great writing.

  4. I’ve often told you that I not only enjoy your poetry, I also like reading pretty much everything you write. The first part of this post is no exception. Now the poem… Of all the poetry I’ve read of yours, this is right up there with my favorites. That fact that I know Micael, makes it even better. Butterflies in your beard… Love it!

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