3:15 August 3, 2002

The 2009 experiment is almost here. I’m feeling nostalgic. I’m posting one of my faves from experiments gone by…

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from August 3, 2002
Seattle, WA

cherry blossom midnight
sneaking spoons in the
dark hollow cherished
far too many words to
not describe my heart-break
it breaks itself you know
it erases its own glee
tumbling like laundry lists
believe that memory
believe that gesture
don’t believe your eyes

touch is like grapefruit
round and sensitive
the eyes     two
vulnerable moments
of now
my god doesn’t like
traffic lights

or marshmallows

my god knows something
about picket lines
and visits to the dentist

I want more of less
much more of less
dwindling down into a single
current of          sleep
not darkness          something
lucid and malleable

perhaps I am not a poet after all
perhaps           I am a


There is no solution
this mathematics


  1. Narnie
    Jul 23, 2009

    Haha, I love this mindstream and I ESPECIALLY love marshmallows. This is wonderful.

  2. Michelle Johnson
    Jul 24, 2009

    I want more of less
    much more of less
    dwindling down into a single
    current of sleep
    not darkness something
    lucid and malleable

    I love this part of your poem (stream of consciousness). It’s delightful to see what comes to mind at such late hours. Have a great day.

  3. openchannel
    Jul 24, 2009

    hey kids, it’s not too late to join us this year. 🙂

    yes, Michelle, that’s the beauty of the experiment… the mind is in such a mysterious / magical space.

  4. Brad
    Jul 24, 2009

    With all good intentions I have committed to giving it a go this year, but you know it’s much earlier and tired-er at 3:15am in Sydney than it is for most, Perth notwithstanding. I can see why you faved this piece. Fabulous.

  5. Paul
    Jul 25, 2009

    A beautiful soft rhythm and flow and very delicate phrasing highlighting a tender idea. Lovely.

  6. openchannel
    Jul 26, 2009

    Brad – fantastic! Careful, though… it’s addicting! I’ve been doing it since 1993 and I can’t imagine not participating (even if it weren’t official).

    Thanks, Paul. I always think of these things as collaborations. My consciousness, my dream state, and all the other participants…

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