Z

The omega.
The culmination of
a long, creative challenge
doesn’t mean
an anticlimax.

Necessarily.

How about a satisfying
conclusion?
A well earned rest?

No more sad haiku
to clip, to stunt with cutting,
meanings long curtailed.

The silliness is
to end with
no bangs
as I’m cut short
no whimpers
as I’ve been squeezed silent
no accolades
as it needed none

but a celebration
as I was blessed with
thirty years of non-solitude
with a woman I love
who likes poetry
not prose
and music
not pop
and cares for me
and the family
more than she can say
and that’s no short essay.

So here’s to the triumph.
Pass me another. Anything.

It is accomplished.

Y

The Ynsoleanos Cult
was rooted in the fiction
writing of Holoctuar Sel.

They saw the future
always brighter,
yearned for the good new years.

Of their number
there was a brilliant
biologist who perfected
a suspension technique
that preserved Hizad bodies
indefinitely.

They were outlawed
so their activities went
underground.

They carved tunnels in a remote asteroid
as a place where they could await
as many years as they wished.
Yenning for the glories ahead.

Some stayed for a century,
some two,
but most went for the long haul,
one millenia.

On the fateful day
they bulk first emerged to their
caverns layered
with a thousand years of dust
the signals yielded with
their communicators
were non existent.

Their smart computers
had passively received signals
through the years
but fewer as time went by.

None in the last three
hundred
and forty-six
years.

Others awoke.

The mumbling grew.
What was happening?

Soon all two
hundred
and sixty
were up.

Word spread quickly
of the deafening silence
outside their secret retreat.

Worry rippled and waxed thick
upon the revived.
Some Keened. Some yelped.

It took some time
for them to learn that they
had outlived a terrible wasting
away of their species.
And they were all that was left
of the once great and interstellar Hizad.

Some futures could
only
be found in yesteryears.

X

When writing an X poem
(not my X but yours
(that’s more applicable))
one is often obligated
to the well known territory
of the X’s
like xenon and xerography,
Xerox, X-ray and xylophone.
But I don’t want to be so xi
square or xenophobic

when I could be breaking new ground
and telling you,
good
faithful
reader of poetry
(rarest of that dwindling breed),
about how wonderful it would be if
X was used in a new way

True, I bestride the world
like a Poetic Colossus, but
my bulk is not my only talent.

I’m an unbiased
member of the IT Crowd too.

I tell you
that X would be an awesome name
for an operating system.

Exquisite.

In fact. Let’s name all OS’s X!

U

Big Umberto thumped up Crucked Path
between the ukbo grass and sunswath.
He cut a tall but rotund figure
but he’d never cared to configure
clothes for umbrage or ultimatum
though his Mum insisted him handsome.

He nearly bumbled into a man
thin and red-haired in front just a span.
From clenched teeth the man said ‘Ufloognu
ahead. Movement unadvised.’ Too true
was he. Big mumbled back. ‘I’m unarmed.’
So they stood unmoving but unharmed.

Recalling that uptight, unashamed
Ufloognus don’t like being upstaged
Umbie sidestepped the unknown guy and
bowed, waved unabashedly his hand
‘O great Ufloognu I am honoured
to be here. Your beauty’s unsurpassed.’

The beast’s arms rose and ululated
ultra-high, spines ejaculated.
‘Now, friend, while it’s unweaponed we run.’
And they did, around the untoothed one.
Saved they became best buds forever
and that’s an unending to savour.

T

Thomas and his double double
with Thor the terrier
take the air
and admire nature
from the path
tossing his disposable cup into the weeds.
Later a cigarette
carefully extinguished against a cedar trunk
is butt ended onto the path.
When Thor does his business
Thomas scoops the poop
and bags it
leaving it with the others
in his special spot under an evergreen
branch and out of sight.

Tiny things
singular things
out of mind things.

All innocent
all convenient
all accumulating
for Trina the hiker
who fills up bags with trash
she didn’t cause.