Falling Star

Just as this bed faces the window now,
just like we turn toward the night
where lace curtains hang like they’ve always hung
since people first learned how to hide.

Just like I want to turn toward you,
or how sometimes I might go inside
when you get home so late and I’m looking away,
still the words that you say, and the way that you say,

and the hands that you lay, the space just melts away.

Look how it’s all been forgotten,
how we all forgot something again,
we are trying to grow up and we’re trying to grow old,
and we find ourselves right where we’ve been

before, there were so many answers
from the suit men erupting like fires,
so we stand in the face of the answer man
and the smoke and the jokes and the liars,

and the forests are burning like pyres.

Just as I need to turn toward you now,
just like your arms hold me tight,
and we make a new verse to replace this old curse
for the poets who’ve shown us the light.

See how I’m learning the same thing again,
and this might always be how it goes,
so we do it all over, except this time it’s better,
and the night comes again, and the light comes again,

thought I’d walked through this door, then discover there’s more.

In a moment last night, in the dust of a dream,
a vision through half sleepy eyes,
but real as the truth, or the words that you say,
or the voices of those who will rise.

With love on our side, between curtains flung wide,
a star cuts the sky like a knife
with a trail so bright it erases the night
as the mountain erupts like a fire,

and the heat of it burns like a choir.

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This is the House That Trump Built

This is the house that Trump built.
These are the lies that lay in the house that Trump built.
This is Steve Bannon who made up the lies
that lay in the house that Trump built.

This is Sean Spicer who backed up Steve Bannon
who made up the lies that lay in the house that Trump built.
This is K. Conway who fed Sean Spicer
who backed up Steve Bannon who made up the lies
that lay in the house that Trump built.

This is Trump Jr., the Donald’s first born,
who schemed with K. Conway who fed Sean Spicer
who backed up Steve Bannon who made up the lies
that lay in the house that Trump built.

This is Scott Pruitt, recently sworn,
who emailed Trump Jr., the Donald’s first born,
who schemed with K. Conway who fed Sean Spicer
who backed up Steve Bannon who made up the lies
that lay in the house that Trump built.

This is the planet that wakes up each morn
that fears Scott Pruitt, recently sworn,
who emailed Trump Jr., the Donald’s first born,
who schemed with K. Conway who fed Sean Spicer
who backed up Steve Bannon who made up the lies
that lay in the house that Trump built.

These are the scientists, blowing the horn,
that care for the planet that wakes up each morn
that fears Scott Pruitt, recently sworn,
who emailed Trump Jr., the Donald’s first born
who schemed with K. Conway who fed Sean Spicer
who backed up Steve Bannon who made up the lies
that lay in the house that Trump built.

These are the immigrants, and we are all one,
including the scientists, blowing the horn,
that care for the planet that wakes up each morn
that fears Scott Pruitt, recently sworn,
who emailed Trump Jr., the Donald’s first born
who schemed with K. Conway who fed Sean Spicer
who backed up Steve Bannon who made up the lies
that lay in the house that Trump built.

We are the people, our hearts being torn
by the unconscious actions of those we have sworn
who torment the immigrants, and we are all one,
including the scientists, blowing the horn,
that care for the planet that wakes up each morn
that fears Scott Pruitt, recently sworn,
who emailed Trump Jr., the Donald’s first born
who schemed with K. Conway who fed Sean Spicer
who backed up Steve Bannon who made up the lies
that lay in the house that Trump built.

Letter to the Answer Men

Dear
Don Trump, Scott Pruitt, and Ryan Zinke,

Please help us understand why
it’s raining in the Colorado mountains
in December.

Signed,

The Deer
Black Bears
Beavers
Ravens
Rabbits
Bald Eagles
Elk
Owls
Chipmunks
Bighorn Sheep
Wild Horses
Coyotes
Squirrels
Moose
River Otters
Fox
Sage Grouse
Red-Tailed Hawks
Marmots
and Children