poems as hand- and foot-holds on a glass mountain

Urban Listening

When you take a load off
furniture is where you put it.

Park it here, they always say
those otherwise silent
almost immobile 4-legged friends
who don’t move themselves
but can be moved

anyone under 300 pounds
is always welcome….one at a time…
well, mostly.
There’s much to be said
for nearly universal support

furniture is the first half of listening
a lost art now there are so many of us

and we all sense that listening
means down the road getting to know them

and we already know more folks than we can know.
When they unload we’re soon drowning

in details we don’t want to know
we’re afloat in strangeness

we can never own. We’re small towns
with a hundred thousand uninvited guests

who might have to learn to be cities.
Furniture is a start;
four-legged, silent, almost immobile

ready to spring back in the second half
with a brief dismissible demonstration
of multi-hybrid adaptable urban listening.

2 Responses to “Urban Listening”

  1. Craig Brandis (aka Burl Whitman)

    Fascinating and wonderfully weird


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