settling in white america

All across
White
Middle america
There are
the fathers

There they are
tucked away
In their garages

Hiding in their
Spaces
Lined with plywood

Hiding in their
Spaces
Armed with power tools

What can I build?
to keep occupied

Keep from thinking?

Keep from
Reflecting?
on the
Current boredom
my life

They sulk in their garages
Escaping their wives

The women they
Choose to die with

She makes his meals
She excuses him

She has her space
Perhaps,
A sewing room,
A knitting corner,
The kitchen

She makes for him
For the family

If only
she could fill
Or cover up
All this empty

Then
they
would be happy?
Together?

Decades of sitting parallel
in separate chairs

Fill the space
with
tiny versions
of themselves

Follow all the rules

Wheel of fortune
During dinner time

Dream of fortunes

“Life would be
so much better
if we only
won the lottery”

We’d have enough money
To have more spaces
Big big spaces

We’d fill them
With things
To ignore each other

To fill
In between
the span
Of a settled life

#discoverWP

rules about love from a naive mind

one)
love is a
many pronged creature

 
it doesn’t know
it’s own name

 
it is homeless
even if you build walls around it

it is afraid of you
it has experienced
this world

 
if you try
to call out to it

 
it will cock
it’s head
at you

 
like the
lost thing
it is

 
it’s exterior
of wet soap
a greased pig

 
it cannot clean you

 
do not
chase
after
it

now matter
how delicious

 
it does
not
want
to be
captured

 
it does
not
want
to capture

 
two)
there are
copycat manifestations

 
like
poisonous mushrooms

they will
walk it’s walk

display
it’s features

 
you will taste
something
wrong of them

 
you will
ignore it

 
it will
slowly
kill you

like alcoholism

 
you will
relish
every drop
of sweat

it rings
itself out
to produce

quenching
your thirst
for it

 
three)
fools
will try
to cage it

 
they believe
it owes them
something

 
they are
wrong

 
instead:
make a
spot up
for it

send out
the RSVP

 
don’t expect
or
fixate
on it

 
don’t read
too much
into it
(you will)

 
patiently
wait
for it
to
stumble
home

snuggle in
next to you

only

if it
so chooses.