Thursday, June 23, 2022

No Murder on Mars 002

The body was laying straight, forearms up. Clothing & skin had a thin layer of frost mixed with soil of a uniform brown color. The face, almost unrecognizable, was contorted.

I looked at the two, who were nervously shifting foot to foot.

"We should go over your timeline again. This is very important."

"Yessir."

"Tell me what happened first."

"Backed into the wall."

"Saw a hole"

"Then we saw a body."

I looked at them steadily.

"How long was it between when you put the hole in the wall, and you found the body?"

"Um. Er. Right away!"

"You are lying to me."

"No sir!"

"Why are you lying?"

"We aren't."

"You are! There had to be some time that passed between you backing into the wall, and then you retrieving your vehicle, and then finding a body."

"5 hours." said one of them 

"Because it was stuck?"

"Yessir"

"Anything else you want to revise?"

"No Sir."

"Pardon me. But how did you know at all these boys were being dishonest about their timeline? How does that influence the fact that a body has been found?"

I looked at the superintendent. "It has everything to do with how the body was found."

The superintendent widened his hands, "So?"

"See the crystals and tearing on the edges of the clothing? This body has been moved from a different location. Someone placed it here after the hole was put into the wall."



Wednesday, June 22, 2022

There isn't supposed to be murder on Mars 001

There isn't supposed to be murder on Mars. That is an Earth custom, a sense of the old barbarism from our planet of origin. The body was found in the old tunnels, it had become freeze dried where it had been stashed. 

"Tell me again how this was found."

"Varne Warren226 backed a sledge into the wall there, and we saw a hole."

"What were you doing down here, past the 3K markers?"

"Rat hunting, scrapping."

"They say these tubes here are haunted!"

I could see how someone would think these were haunted. Gloomy, unlit. Frosted. These were the old warrens and access corridors, bored through the Martian rock. 

When I looked at it, I involuntary shuddered. Lights from our headlamps slashed and raised monstrous shadows. 

"Have you touched the body, moved anything?"

"No sir."

"Hmmm" I could see that someone had. 

Monday, June 06, 2022

many of us dream of home

many of us dream of home 
at first in sleep
then we go and aspire
make that in
this waking day

when we dream well
it makes a beautiful home
where lots of people 
can dream their dream
of home

if it is built real or
in my mind
home is always home

what allows it to be
is the dream and

a dreamer who has
a dream

Thursday, June 02, 2022

i would write poems about you

i would write poems about you
and poems about lightening 
thunder and storms

then of the quiet peaceful light
which is softly over everything
from beginningless beginning

we seem to have a makeup
that is not fixed and is as exciting
as it can be disappointing or unreal

the best writing are the phrases
never to be claimed but proven through 
every kind deed i do with you


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one small flower




one small flower
on a bush outside the back door
with no mind to be seen
nor ever admired so i admire it
and i remember how a duck
saw making a nest behind 
this bush to be very tidy and snug
but when i came and returned
i made it afraid 

so i resolve to be
more vigilant and make room
if i can for shy things and
especially walk softly 
with a view this world
is not my rumpus room 

but formed very purely
cradling happy beings
that can flourish if not
cowed by brashness


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we are mysteries

we are mysteries
which can make us so 
compelling so lost 
so haunted so graceful
so alluring blessed
wonderful


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Wednesday, June 01, 2022

people that were loved

people that were loved
now dodged
how better it must be
now that i am sane

but is still just as bad
because while i err
i cannot see how
until later


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this attitude

this attitude
like a sky that will
not go away 
but when i am 
asleep, is not here


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Cycle

i apply to a job
they automatically congratulate me for applying
later they automatically reject me
it is all very friendly and encouraging  

i apply to a job
they automatically congratulate me for applying
later they automatically reject me
it is all very friendly and encouraging  

i apply to a job
they automatically congratulate me for applying
later they automatically reject me
it is all very friendly and encouraging  

i apply to a job
they automatically congratulate me for applying
later they automatically reject me
it is all very friendly and encouraging  

i apply to a job
they automatically congratulate me for applying
later they automatically reject me
it is all very friendly and encouraging  

Friday, May 06, 2022

you get to a point in life/ where nothing is safe

you get to a point in life
where nothing is safe

and that is when life
becomes interesting


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Thursday, May 05, 2022

marie antoinette's shoe

i look at a picture
of marie antoinette's shoe

it fell off her foot
on the way to the guillotine

it is a dainty thing
looking almost new

i wonder who grabbed it
when they saw it fall

they must have been
thrilled to have 

marie antoinette's shoe


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