The Monsters


 

 

 

 

 

The monsters always arrive
when least expected; they
may give warning, though usually not:
you ought to love them for themselves.
They will tear your heart out, anyway.
Of course, by then you may find
there is nothing worth fighting for this time.

These monsters have minds full of smoke,
heads shaped like ashtrays; eyes
with miles of barbed-wire trapped inside:
capturing memory or desire, which hides
within the moment of avoidance or denial.

They will replace your heart with longing,
your mind with temptation. Once
the operation is over
only the arrangement remains.

Everything else forever temporary,
your love held for safe-keeping, didn’t
you guess whose heart
I am finally speaking of?
Whose treasure is missing?
The monsters are healthy and well-fed.

©Dean J. Baker

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Infatuation


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You have failed to explain
the poem: as
bloody entertainment

It would be the final
exercise:
of our enduring dialectic

For those bent on terror,
or compromise:
both items are equally desired

 

©Dean J. Baker

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Conquerors


 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t take up the alarm about the invasion
Anyone with a sniff of wisdom knows it has begun

That it has been in place for the longest time, it’s
Our sense of fairness, the largesse of conquerors betrayed

Do not remind those who have families and friends
That anyone of them could be the enemy, dazzled with false

Idols and the indolent charms of the indebted slaves
Do not speak of the Barbarians at the gate, while the cities

Burn and spark and fires break out everywhere without origin
Do not mention history as a lesson, the abandonment of finery

And charm as the initial state of what the future brings
Where the aliens have occupied what greed left behind, deceit

Kept in place and refined so no final attack need take place
Anymore as the music plays, the dancers ticktock and sway to

The rhythm of the gathering wave soon to surrender us, again
We gasp and there is no remembering from that place

© Dean J. Baker

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In The Second


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the decision,
the irrevocable desire
to change your life

You must know:
you cannot settle
for the doubtful honor

Of remaining
merely passive,
a unit among humans

You get up,
and walk away;
leaving all those traps

Coming out unscathed,
fresh,
as if love were just born

And the disordered world,
a clot of blood:
pulsing against this very moment

© Dean J. Baker

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Slow Poem For Jane


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know if I want
to kill you
like the million other
killers the city gives refuge to.

I take on the shape of what is close.
I am nothing in particular.
To some I am a ghost.
This is all my love:
These lines, this page, the troubled notes.

I don’t ask you
when you’re leaving.
I let you know I am alive and well.

©Dean J. Baker

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Measuring Gravity With Grace


 

 

 

 

 

 

This is not my life or destiny, I have
not been breathing my gratitude to become

Invisible among those who are themselves so
transparent that I can

See through to the other side where a figure
stands now proclaiming the virtue

Of his identity with solemn vows and meanings
whose significance escapes me even now

As I search no longer for the mystery
nor attempt to measure gravity with grace

© Dean J. Baker

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Sonnet


 

 

 

 

 

 

Your beauty no more than I can take
My words, that show, these rehearsals make.
I seek the gathering sun in this heart
Whose mud and stone drive me apart;
As from myself I want another I, that
Shines where darkness blots my sky.
And wheels over heaven I dare not count,
Unless by substance I increase amount,
Of those faults whose relief is sweet
By perfection stealing base needs from me.
As less than human I keep safe the crown
For shall be when it is underground:
Then do I know desire alone’s no infirmity
Which meets not the match that burns eternity.

©Dean J. Baker

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Social Network


 

 

 

 

 

I am not older, I merely
grew tired of the appearance
of endless beauty

I work under the conceit
of sore knees,
wrinkled youth, and duty

You believe these are for others
none applies to you:
your hesitation certain doom

Come to me when truth
refuses your particular disability
while you are discovering

Death has no separate rooms,
only the inevitability now:
you ignore or later tell yourself you choose

©Dean J. Baker

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Like Lawyers And Other Laymen


 

 

 

 

 

Their own worst examples.

You think you prefer to define. You can do nothing else. You shy from the real like certain vampires from light.
You feel safe in your particular darkness.

Contact with the unwashed brings on the denunciation of personal attacks.
Remembering your abhorrence isn’t any reason to contain emotion alive in paper punching-bags.

Chaos unhappily structured to opinion, the eschatological triumph.

A philosophical bone so conspicuously dull and complacently smug that you shrug. It could not be helped.

You did not know which side to choose.

©Dean J. Baker

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You Are Too Pure And Free


 

 

 

 

 

You are too pure and free,
I can tell by the debris
of relationships
that lock you into such a storybook
fantasy
where everything else is a
final shade of pale grey:
nothing
decided as you endlessly change

Partners, and retreat into the vagaries
of impossible superiority
and fame; life,
your decree, shows no sign
of meaning
Nor a season in this hell of fear,
from which
you do not know: that here,
the angels’ work is treason

©Dean J. Baker

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