before breakfast

When it occurs to you
that humans are a
renewable resource,
Go to bed
and believe that’s wrong.
Especially when you’re
refreshed.
There will be orange juice
and gasoline tomorrow.
And sunlight on the kitchen
counter, a slow gleam of
window on the rounded corner
and spoons,
What are humans to do
without spoons?

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the American standard

the American standard functions like
the left hand is on the wheel
and the right hand is on the stick,
the left foot is on the clutch
and the right is on the gas
but
there are no more hands
no more stray elbows
to hang out of the left window
of a handy pickup.
at least it is maneuvered
skillfully and independently
of an automatic transmission.