Monday, February 04, 2019

Great Clips

The following poem draft was written for my poetry group based on Gary Snyder's "Bubb 's Creek Haircut," one of my favorite poems

Great Clips Mohawk Trail Plaza 
hair salon in GreenfieldMA next door to Big Y
a uni-sex cut arises out of shorn chemo curls
carpeted in arcs on linoleum floor
I may not spit like a man but I got me
a man's haircut still burning with shame
silent chants of Tare Tare Tare to calm 
my already bad day worse
deemed an ugly visage staring scornfully back at me

Dear Jacqueline....Our best understanding is that what we included in the package for last meeting was the policy as modified by subsequent Board vote. 
No need to go around in circles about this, however.  
twenty-one emails later
I am disappointed  still not heard

earlier check up at Valley Medical
blood glucose higher than usual
blood pressure ok
looking forward to Mississippi trip walks
practice with Ingmar and Sergio
moderate meals eaten same time everyday
thinking of snakes awakening seeking reprieve
from winter cold
Can they really come into the house 
through plumbing to curl up
under toasty bed covers
sneaking about a common feature of Mississippi life
I read on the internet
now, I'm decades back 
at Tara Mandala siting on the banks of San
Juan river naked with the Methodist mom
Rocketeller wife as we watch our friends
across the river squealing in joy playing with Ute mud
said to be healing
then a snake swimming upstream towards the 
embankment with ladies its flat torpedic head
hideous senses a target
crackling twigs behind us on the outer bank
as two men with heavy boots stand above us
while we cover ourselves best we can
they evaporate into the bushes
were they real or a snake vision
I tell the Judge of our housing authority 
in response to his latest email I will continue to circle
as needed on topics of relevance
I will not remain silent thinking all this jumble
snakes real or not
as I tip Jesse at Great Clips Hair Cuts. 

February 2, 2019
Highland Village
in Shelburne Falls, MA
where I am currently an elected  town commissioner for public housing