…after “O Tannenbaum”

O bag of pipes
O bag of pipes
your sounds come out
in stars and stripes.

It takes a breath
and a big squeeze
to bring our ears
down to our knees.

O dudelsack
O pipes and air
this instrument
is solitaire.

O dudelsack
O dudelsack
its music stirs
my maniac.

…or, how paper rocks sleep

Rest, silent books
in room of bed
and read yourselves
as light is shed

to enter that
veiled realm so deep
— unconsciousness —
a mental sweep.

Might dreams show up
…or muscle cramp…
that could require
the use of lamp?

Oh books! Each stands
and keeps to self
until awake —
removed from shelf.

…or not…on U.S. Veteran’s Day 2021

Let history seal
the pain and heal
with salves of why
and freedom’s feel.

All soldiers and
their bayonets:
The means of war
and peace’s debts.

War’s brain admits
Peace’s heart grasps

Respect the past —
its bloodying.
To us, U.S.
no studying.

NOTE: In 1963, musician Pete Seeger called up the past and let it sing out of the baggage where oppression and freedom coexist. The first person who said, “I ain’t goin’ study war no more,” is another kind of “war hero.” War waged against fear, oppression, and polarization costs the very humanity for which it “fights.” Listen to Seeger’s various levels of voice and wait until the end of the video when most people in attendance add their voices to his.

…is it time to get it off your ass?

How often do
you think of tree
when you finish
a poop or pee?

Go deep when you
ask if water
or leaves make a
better blotter?

For the world it
is an issue
how we use up
all that tissue.

Consider Earth!
Think, “Kiss my ass”
when paper cleans
your ‘underclass.’

NOTE: Why do I write “shit” poetry? Because, thanks to TBTL, I have awareness of a product known as Tushy (www.hellotushy.com).

What is TBTL? What is Tushy?

Why does Google start with “go” and end with “gle(e)?”

…and one “Suppose…?”

What if…everyone alive on the Earth donated their coin of lowest value to Save the Children?

What if…I scrape my content from medium.com, print it on recyclable paper, and bury it?

What if…all media stopped giving airtime to the immediate former president of the U.S.?

What if…because…

Might as well solve something….

Is there some irrelevant solving you’d like to do?

1. In 1884, Edwin Abbott2 wrote Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. Why is his last name squared?

2. The novel by Linda Heart, written in 2012 titled Mrs. Velvet and the Blue String Theory has an unusual style in its table of contents. …

Mercury in
retrograde throws
lots of twists in

Four steps back and
two steps forward?
Time to choose the
perfect swearword!

So, bide your time
and pull your weeds
to contemplate
our cosmic seeds.

When you plan it
by the planets
it’s like peeling

NOTE: Astrology is only as real as you make it. Or…as it makes you!

…because love is algebra.

As this floater
in the Dead Sea
is teaching well
concept of free

you wonder how
it feels to know
your deepest self
between the flow

of head and heart
and congestion
alone or joined
you still question

the fall of love
the rise in joy.
It’s your last word —
it’s my envoi.

NOTE: Are you thinking about love?
Think about joy.
Love is solid geometry.
Joy is sacred geometry.
Remember a kiss, then look at the sky.

Doing so will make as much sense as this poem.

…just to ask, “What is prayer?”

Hot breath whispered
urgent prayer
to the Mother
of everywhere.

Believe believed
‘cause history
preserved and taught
her mystery.

Full of grace and
Lord and women
Mother of God
sing her hymn in

Church at vespers…
or don’t bother.
Just assume with
an “Our Father.”

NOTE: What is prayer?


Mary L. Holden

A constantly evaporating editor and writer. Believer in medium since 2013 when they made me wait for an invitation….

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