–after three sentences on simplifying life from Paul Theroux’s
The Pillars of Hercules
I will buy a chicken. I will drink some water.
I will play some music for the people of the town.
I will read a comic book for laughter.
I will watch an elevator moving up and down.
I will finger neckties. I will count to ten.
I will light a candle in the church.
I will throw some pebbles at the ocean.
I will touch the leaves of that white birch.
I will see the streetlights going on and off.
I will sing a tune my mother sang.
I will hear red motorcycles cough.
I will taste the bubbles in meringue.
I will pet a dog, a cat, a tree, a stone.
I will shuffle cards. I will wish some wishes.
I will look into the bottom of an ice cream cone.
I will make some beds. I will break some dishes.
I will whisper secrets to a rusty statue.
I will shrug my shoulders. I will swing my arms.
I will smell the insides of a running shoe.
I will suck the color out of Lucky Charms.
I will choose a wayside. I will eat a breadstick.
I will shout “God help us!” when the morning’s almost done.
I will give a soda can a soccer kick.
I will sink my teeth into the ankle of the sun.
© Dick Allen
Some other works of this poet:
- The Poet at Eighteen
- Cloud No Bigger than a Man’s Hand
- Memo From The Desk Of Wallace Stevens
- Calligraphy Accompanied by the Mood of a Calm but Definitive Sauce
- “See The Pyramids Along The Nile”
- Still Waters
- Being Taught
- For Every Artist — Who Remains Unknown
- Barge Lights on the Hudson
- Old Zen Master