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ECO ECHOES 67
In old age, my door stays open,
Waiting for a gallop from the ocean, a seahorse,
But am inland and urban,
And seahorses are afraid to travel without protection through our cities.
So I leave the present noise that gasoline makes when its fumes turns wheels.
As a child I stand on a 1925 street corner by a wooden telephone pole,
With red-headed woodpecker holes and look upwards.
As I look upwards,
I wait for the sky to open
And drop down a ladder.
It is a long way to climb,
But faith could suspend the law of gravity.
Quickly I could move arms and hands upward,
Arrive, visit, and slide down
In time for dinner,
If in this depression era there was any dinner.
When I arrive where there is a dark blue door in this lighter blue,
I would knock gently with fingertips,
For in this location sound is amplified.
Suddenly, a square space in dark blue door
Would open and I would see a scrutinizing face
As one sees in the ‘twenties movies when seeking entrance to a
My lack and my need would be sensed
By something with the superior and hypersensitity of an insect,
And I would let in, to stay, according to rules and regulations,
A half-hour in heaven.
For my visit, I could given a recording, a 78, in that age,
Of angels harp playing,
And aslo, on my return I would be renewed.
My habitually sad face would be covered with a mask that smiled,
And more important,
I would be guaranteed there would be food at dinner for the whole family.
DIARISTIC APPOXIMATION 39
In middle hollow
Of a dead tree among palmettos,
Not too long ago,
Had stuck a sky glass,
The antique type
Seen in the series
Of “Mutiny on the Bounty” movies.
The eye piece was upright
As if some was trying to look
Through what was rotting
To see the earth.
The lens cleaned,
The brass around polished.
Human behavior is puzzling.
He left his sailor cap, wodged-up,
On the crumbled wood.
It was an old-fashioned
English sailor’s cap,
But inside it said
“Made in China.”
DIARISTIC APPROXIMATION 38
We had just tied
A rope around an oak limb,
Attached a rubber tire
To make a swing.
A visitor from New York City
Cited the laws of hospitality,
Said since he was a guest
He demanded he be the first to swing.
We, did not want to break any laws,
So we allowed him to swing,
The oak limb broke,
He broke a leg.
DIARISTIC APPROXIMATIONS 45
She found an apple snail shell
By a purple wild flower in my front yard,
Its pale brown had faded and it was empty.
She asked if a Limpkin had found my address.
“No,” I replied, “The shell must have dropped
From the crowded with apple snail shells
Pocket of my cargo pants. I picked
The shell up from the borders around
A three mile lake. That was a long time ago.
I have not seen a Limpkin in years.
I used to listen the moving music when
A couple of limpkins talked to each other
When apart. I lived in Lakeland then.”
She said, “I once lived in Lakeland,
Married to a vodka-drinking fool.”
We went inside and left the door open.
Soon, two Limpkins walked in,
Talking to each other.
ECO ECHOES 57
A mathematician watched top
Of a flower pot in which
A flower died years ago, its
Replacement was overlooked,
A row of ants in a line that zigzagged.
He imposed on their lives by thinking
The ants should have stayed in a straight line,
A straight lines is the shortest distance between two points.
He thought ants are dumb,
Keeping in a straight line would have saved energy
As the ants carried the rainbowed colored wings
Of termites into their hole and home.
He then converted the unreality of the ants
Into a series of numbers to give them reality.
He was more content as now seeing numbers
Rather than the ants arational, illogical scurrying,
He was consoled by his absence of knowledge
Of ant’s intelligence, superior to his, and their mysticism
His wife to enhance his happiness, brought his customary
Afternoon whiskey sour.
singing, perfect pitch, improved his
Duane Locke, Tampa
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