Everybody Needs A System: correct me if I’m wrong

  Everybody Needs A System

Everybody needs a system of belief.

If you can’t believe in deity

Then non-theistic thought’s for you.

You’ve plenty there to choose from; thoughts a-plenty,

Thought-through thought, thought through

To give a mind to body, bod’ to mind.

You need root,

frame, name to lean on.

-Isms fall apart, break down, implode,

And yet you have to start somewhere –

Some thought to give you structure;

Theory broad with answers to hard questions;

Connections, forms, corrections

Never ending, ending sometimes.


You need too, the flexibility to turn…

Around, from, to, away; begin anew.

While watching, letting change take place

As if it were a grace with you the center:

After all you’ve got is you, the hat upon your head

Prepared for anything.

Ethics, kindness: you need more.

Death’s door, what came before, what may be after,

Now, the mind in front, behind;

You need systems for the chains of causes, pausal chains,

To help explain the cycles, phases; chance and the inevitable,

Giving in, resistance and how to know

The stable lasting, versus passing.

Everybody needs a ground to work from, stand on.

Everybody needs a system.


Everybody Needs A System 2.20.2016

Circling Round Reality; Thinking About;

Arlene Corwin

2012 in review Arlene Corwin Poetry have-a-look

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Somewhat Aphasic 2010

      Somewhat Aphasic

Somewhat aphasic,

Not a speaker,

I can write instead,

And do

Because I’m slow

And need the time.

Do I dare an interview?

TV program literary,

Authors answering so cleverly?

I, sent back to, running to

The paper, my

imaginary reader

In my in my mind my sites,

To play with word, idea rhythm,

Played out

                               one against the other.

© Somewhat Aphasic 10.23.2010  The Processes: Creative, Thinking, Meditative II;   Arlene Corwin

Notes from the Overground: Thoughts On Touring 2010

           Notes from the Overground: Thoughts On Touring

Book, cd, performance, what!

I do not want to tour.

An effort that I could, if forced

But see through the illusions:

All-inclusive energies –

Pushing, meeting, signing,

Introducing, marketing;

Hidden bragging

Sell and spread.

Every night a hotel bed.


Everybody’s doing it.

Television’s full of it:

Reputation in a wink –

They think.

There is no quick.

Success invalid,

Success a pallid despot

With a jealous eye

Towards quick eternity:

We want to be remembered.

It’s genetic – since the days we were Neanderthals

(DNA 3-4%)

Confirmation from the grip, grope, group

That grabs you by the gargling throat.

It’s poetry

That’s fun.

©Notes From the Overground10.18.2010 The Processes: Creative, Thinking, Meditative II; Our Times, Our Culture; Vaguely About Music;  Arlene Corwin


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