Sunday, June 30, 2013

Under a Grey Beret


I'm putting together a "Grey Beret" collection,
Existential poems for this confused era. All styles.
Not sure what the outlet will be.

The beret is an Existential ref. Grey covers midlife 
and the slushy state of society and economics.
Also, the "Grey Berets" were a division of the US Army
dealing with battlefield weather conditions, so that's
a fit too, for the officepark stuff.  Overall fun 
project title.

"For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: "It might have been!""
                                  ---John Greenleaf Whittier

Dear Mister Whittier

"It might have been";
This covers somewhat more 
Than anything that really was,
And much of what it might have been 
Would never be, because...

We tend to think the best 
Of what we've never had or seen.
So watered, it will bud and bloom,
Expand beyond the very rooms
Where we imagine...
That's right, what might have been,

So blow, But only gently, 
On the coals
Of what you haven't got,
Because that fire in your soul,
That strange resentment,
Doesn't mean a lot
Maybe, that we're simply born 
To walk the rain, alone and plain,
And dream of gold in pots.

       --J.Knowles 2013 (Grey Beret)


Pearl said...

funny, twice in a week seeing a styrofoam mannequin wearing a hat. the other was a lady's hat with a tanka glued onto the face.

Jim K. said...

Tanka glued on the face...fantastic.
Anything on a mannequin is cool.