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87

Remember that time you made the wish?

I make a lot of wishes.

The time I lied to you
about the butterfly. I always wondered
what you wished for.

What do you think I wished for?

I don't know. That I'd come back,
that we'd somehow be together in the end.

I wished for what I always wish for.
I wished for another poem.
 
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  3198.     

88

i just had the number
88
inside my head.

it is not a grade
not money.

it is a mark of what i have done
on the other side
of my life.

i outlive 3,000
going on to 4,000
i clap my hands, give myself a toast
of red wine
when i had my first 1,000

you must remember my 1,000 cranes
paper cranes
paper poems on cranes and other creatures
like butterflies and birds and wind and dust

they have taken upon themselves the burden of flight
they promise me
and i have it now.

88, is my new number now.
i am inside an elevator and i am going up with you
to the nth floor.
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 

   
   
 

  3199.     

88142

WE'RE NOT THE ELITE

whatever little we have
we give to everyone:

the old man without a cane,
a woman without a face, a seaman without a compass,
a child without a crib,
even to the rich man without a heart
or those who without feet dance with the gods
nymphs without wings
satyrs without their hoofs,
to the dogs without voices
some left-overs,

whatever word we have we sow
even to hostile fields of snow
whatever warmth we have we dissipate
even to rails whose arms are numb to the winds

we are nobody
we have names that do not ring a bell to you
yet we give
we do not store
we spread

we suffer
and in the hope that whatever flies away from us
shall diminish
these pains
we dream of wings
we acquire them
only to be given away
to birds
whose wings
are clipped
by you.
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 

   
   
 

  3200.     

88845

Gone Were The Days

when you were a child
and you told the emperor without second thoughts
no holds bar
that he is wearing no clothes at all

that his ass is too small
and that his brain is even smaller
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 
 
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