Everyman


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My eyes are falsely lined with complaints;
not enough money not enough time,
the suffocation
of guilt-edged aggressiveness blaming
me for the disease;

accounting

for how we eat and sleep, sense and rhyme,
accounting for the dollars and dimes:
accounting, accounting, accounting to no true
measure nor weight with our age and the deed.

©Dean J. Baker

first published in RE:Al, Stephen F. Austin University, Texas

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Lines To My Animal


 

 

 

 

 

I watch my dog hunting
among the grasses:
for burrowed mice and swallows

He is himself unusually adept
at camouflage; snuffling
more than discovery allows

The mild reflecting light
of middle December
has not yet shut down the dream

I become with him: wild
and unforgetting, caught
by a furious king in temporary need

©Dean J. Baker

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The Charade Known As Karma


{following posts for next few weeks will be a few excerpts from each of my books, with the book specified. Hopefully that will encourage you to own a copy of the book. This poem is from IN RIPARIAN FIELDS}

 

 

 

 

 

Before dust, which lightning struck
the gravitational pull of tide,
a sway you did not trust you would deny

Anything your soul betrayed, a
solemn exchange for illusions, the
comfort you realize more has been uniformed

Surrendered now, the whimper smothered
in an idolatry of things
with which you congratulate your bravery

The luck there was no other necessity required
you would use to convince yourself exactly
whose sacrifice has been greater than the day

You and others equally could mislead, which
might manipulate to serve a quest
then proclaimed holy, and a sacred mess

For what you knew in your charade
you have traded for, those
endless inquiries into what it is to be made

Contrived of that thing lost in methods, even
you do not suspect are true
as long as you can continue in a cold certainty

Of the conjured exotic: how heaven
and earth seem unmeasured now,
by either value or the cherished worth described

© Dean J. Baker

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© Dean J. Baker

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The Heart At Its Stations


 

 

 

 

 

Love has captured you for us,
my darling; love has taken hold:
you are no more enamored
of girlfriends and the anonymous
boring goal of telling stories,
that belong to no one else of your fold

Love has you in its raptures,
my dearest; and hopes you’ll be bold
to escape the fear of self-hatred,
so many before me told: that
you know your solitary state is
only enriched by this other soul

Love sets you in the deluge,
where all has come to pass; and you
believe with eyes wide open
now everything will last: but choose,
the focus of your speech as each wind
moves almost silently, through the stricken grasses

 

© Dean J. Baker

  • excerpt from DARK EARTH – from the review..
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Of Lost Mythologies



 

 

 

 

Nothing so wasted as not to be disguised
beyond recognition amidst the cannibals
who bless themselves with savage grace, a
criminal praise and benefit of
the non-existent doubt unacknowledged

Where they eat unshriven in the effluvial
waste masquerading as certainty,
incapable of allowing any distinct undesign
which cannot seek and tell the same
as those who occupy a marketplace denied

Sensing nothing in the echoing, the clank
of fork and knife replacing sword
or shield, the substitution for bravery in
preoccupied conversations about
the news and other lies of lost mythology

© Dean J. Baker

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