No Straight Lines In Nature

A collection of poems by Lawrence “Mack in Texas” Hall (Rated G)


No Straight Lines in Nature

That commonplace of art instruction is true:
From the rainbow to the tomato worm
And in the rhythms of our chambered hearts
Creation curves itself around our lives

A straight line is of the imagination
Repudiated even by that famous crow
Who flies as he will and not according
To the abstracts of mathematicians

Nothing in nature chooses graphed confines –
Of course the man-made coffin – that features straight lines


Refilling the Hummingbird Feeder

Now here is a bee
So anxious for me
to be
Far away from it


Red, Red Wasp

Some sing of red, red wine, but here I sing
Of red, red wasps, who do not sing of me
I loathe and fear them for their vicious sting –
I aerosol their nest, and then I flee!


When Astrid Commands, Her Servant Obeys

When a six-pound dachshund wants your attention
She will have it (it goes without mention)


An Indignant Dachshund

When my little dog stops and poops and pees
She expects a little privacy, please


Scheduling the Execution of a Friend

Oh, yes, that oak is a friend, a fine old friend
Happy companion of lazy summer days
When I sat in its shade and drowsed over a book
Gently fanned by the leaves in those dreaming hours

Home to the mourning doves and angry jays
Preening cardinals and shy chickadees
Flying squirrels by night and grey squirrels by day
Armadillos, opossums, and raccoons

But dying now upon its grassy lawn –
The tree service will come for it at dawn

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