children’s book

john martone

samuddo / ocean 2014

children’s book copyright © 2014 by john martone samuddo / ocean isbn 978-1-304-74129-5 johnmartone@gmail.com
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children’s book

my morning
a mouse nest

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dime-size

hole all mouse needs

mouse-hole holding his mind!

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2 joints of yr little finger house mouse

house mouse

among the bonsai trays

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mouse hole arch in scription

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house mouse
no — just the light

house mouse a chewed-up children’s book

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house mouse

his children grown & gone

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walt whitman’s dimensions too you house mouse

house mouse —
my thalamus? amygdala?

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house mouse yr whole life never at home

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house mouse

it’s always a children’s book

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house mouse

an old pen scratching paper

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house mouse

the winter sky’s all galaxies

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house mouse

all that time on the buddhist altar — how could you know?

house mouse

a thief in sanskrit too!

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pink insulation yes a mouse nest

two mice dead of fear in yr live trap

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weak-eyed feel our way along the wall mouse & me

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cold as you can bear lake ice singing

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fish shining in lake ice after life

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un broken snow blue green all single celled light

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little worms in the brightness eye’s floaters

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snow — & you on all fours

snows till there’s only one hermit

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out of touch lie down in snow

snow falling

mystics don’t write books

suddenly feeling the river below the ice

a dog’s tracks too river ice

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small birds
gaps in the ice

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frost-shattered
stone’s a puzzle

one last queen anne bird nest north wind

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yr own

personal arctic everyone’s

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knocking the snow from yr boots no one’s home

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all those boxes
his condition doesn’t improve

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empty box

empty box how different

uniform

machine-cut corrugated boxes

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don’t put anything in that box

cardboard box
— stops to draw necker cubes

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cardboard boxes children’s stories

this cardboard box a perfect space-ship

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a cardboard box forgotten why

cardboard boxes that samsara wheel

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shouting

into a cardboard box no echo

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a cardboard box
his radio

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pathos

taped-up boxes

cardboard boxes
but come that flood —

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thinking

to find it in a cardboard box —

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cardboard boxes

one last time hearing the furnace switch on

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scratching words on a page — that silence

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with guidebooks you too waiting

late night snowplows right past yr window

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snowfall tonight you take a hard look at yrself

snow still wordless neanderthal

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snowed-in would be good

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snow falling inside snow sweeping you

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snow blue as you heaving it back to sky

just-as-youare falling snow on snow

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all this snow pieces of broken tile

snowing yes it’s the sea’s edge

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white-on-white those snowbound house-trailers

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it’s a gift kitchen clock

kitchen clock’s ticking you’re home for now

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kitchen clock still learning to tell time

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supper plate
kitchen clock

kitchen clock
when the rain stops

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when will you be finished kitchen clock

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a low roof icicles & night geese

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in layers of winter clothes look up at night geese

first time for some night geese

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night geese

interrupt a children’s book

night geese

the horizon passes overhead

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night geese — now
anyone’s a compass

night geese

his calendar’s last days

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night geese

someone slips on black ice

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night geese
the old keep up

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deeper into fog my blindspot eyes

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you take off your gloves in fog to feel it

barefaced fog too

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a handkerchief for yr glasses winter fog

winter fog lost on the surface of yr eyes

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winter fog all the way to yr eardrums

(from outside the fog’s one body)

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white tablecloth coffee-cup — supper plate winter fog

kitchen clock ticking in fog you’re home

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backwoods
grocery cart

bagworm’s all grown up two legs

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really cold getting close to that crow

seems
every other creature knows

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tramping thru snow listen to that

snow to yr knees going deeper

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new footbridge bearing you — its first snow

bird tracks in snow beat yr handwriting

raccoon’s snow tracks cleaner than boots’

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far out on frozen lake — raccoon tracks!

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just for now frozen lake feels like home

turn around at center see frozen lake’s no circle

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shifting ice sounds travel thru you too

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frozen lake

glasses blown away you’re polished off!

can’t see in all this light

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crossing snow just then felt tropical

such odd ice-works crow & old man

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so cold you stamp yr feet nothing there

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now you’ve no place to go back to winter solstice

we’re all in outer space all along

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cloth neatly folded a dust cloth

the dust won’t stop

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remember

child’s bedtime closet light

house keeping
broken things

model ketch in a window you’re outside

an old man selling ship models

another world in yr head

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ship models & doll houses this low tide

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water color sketch from memory that’s this harbor

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water color sketch from memory all one ocean

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