Sam Silva

Things Becoming Academic

Slow and lazy jazz entombs

those psychic flowers

of thought


in afternoon

to dark and shady

summer rooms

in these quiet hours

among the new south college ivory towers

computer logic delegates

to a poetry of ruined lives

in these southern most

United States.

On the Safer Side of Madness

Fear and passion mix

and cause

a journey in the River Styx

in contemplating moral laws

that tend toward days as stale

and dry

as medicines for the ruined mind.

Therefore do cowards cling to lighted

areas against the dark

when night encroaches on the eye

in places close to Central Park

...say a radius of thirty miles

containing all Manhattan

...and these will neither live nor die

but hide within a lighted place

and snore awake

and sip their draught

surviving with the a well placed lie

and shivering yet satisfied

that they've done everything they ought...

Sam Silva © 2015