Why So Auspicious? [Today's News Poem by Khakjaan Wessington, April 13, 2012]
I was going to title
this poem, “The Weather and Other
before I remembered that nobody
cares about poetry, poets and poet-talk. Poets should
die and you know it, I know it—they do.
Death is a story. Death
is some bones. Death
is a motion. Emotion
is puppetry, falsehood in motion without death
for the anchor, death
for the framing, death
for the credit to zero out debits
of happiness, breathing—whatever.
A friend said he met Robert Haas
on a campus, whilst noting the weather aloud
to another. Who is this Haas guy
and who is my friend and where is this campus
and when did it happen
and what is the point
when no one's unlucky
and no one's berserk
and nobody ducks under desk in the classroom;
while death's not the rumor on campus,
not subject nor object?
Why the weather?
“The thunderstorm that blew through the Bay Area Thursday night was one for the books - it shattered rainfall records in four cities and produced more lightning strikes than any storm in years.”
—Will Kane, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, April 13, 2012
“A tornado outbreak is likely across the central and southern plains from late Saturday afternoon through the evening and overnight, according to the National Weather Service.”
—CNN Wire Staff, April 14, 2012 -- Updated 0044 GMT (0844 HKT)
“Shortly after police arrived at the scene of Trayvon Martin's death at a gated community in the central Florida town of Sanford, officers seized the alleged murder weapon, a 9mm handgun.”—David Adams and Kevin Gray, MIAMI | Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:18pm EDT
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