A Simple Ontology


maybe flower petals are held to stems by thought
and the wind’s a counter-thought that plucks
and puts them elsewhere in the grass
to grow in contemplative resolution
beside the notion of a grub-pulling crow

maybe the wind itself’s a palpable bright idea,
something about motion and the abhorrence of vacuums
something about coming and going,
about ferocity and stillness
about war and its absence

maybe the moon’s the concept of fullness,
loss, abatement, regeneration from slivers,
hope at the hour of the wolf, the opposite of
darkness at the break of noon, the
upside of shadow

maybe Descartes had it right
and this from horizon to horizon is
a simple ontology,
an inherent daisy chain of ideas chasing its tail


one idea hatched in this synapse nest
is to harvest thought from thought
under a perception of blue
while the conception of breeze
riffles the hint of hair
and I place them
like dreams of plums
into the essence of basket
and give them
with the intention of love
to my belief
in the natural being
of you

by Jim Culleny
February26, 2011

My Book, Odder Still, is available at:
Amazon and Barnes and Noble,
and also at Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls
and Amherst Books in Amherst, Ma


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