All I Can Do Is Watch 2013

All I Can Do Is Watch

I hesitate these days

To stick in pronoun one                                

Instead of using I.

(It isn’t ‘in’ in poetry

To use the pronoun I).


All anyone can do

Is watch while right arm wrinkles

From one day to next.



Nature toying

With done youth;

Gone youth.

Emergent skin tone

Snake design and turtle shell

Fish’s scale, jigsaw puzzle,

Earth’s own map

(I’m horrible at similes – and no ability to rap)

All I can do is watch a bit,

Say “shit” under my breath

And look away.


All I Can Do Is Watch 1.25.2013

Circling Round Time II; Circling Round Egos; Circling Round Nature;

I Is Always You Is We; Nature Of & In Reality;

Easygoing 2009


You want to go left,

I go left.

You want to go right,

I go right.

Adaptable and limber,

Turning on a dime,

I trust the day

And whomsoever steers ‘cause I’m

A hayseed;

Lead me anywhere or way

And I’ll believe it’s right.

I’ll put it right,

It’s all the same.

The proof is in the putting.


© Easygoing 8.27.2009 A Sense Of The Ridiculous; Arlene Corwin



It’s His Choice 2008

               It’s His Choice

He hisses when he does the dishes;

Hisses when he drives. It’s tension.

Breathing in through tightened lips

Or mouth – I don’t know which.

Observing it, I’ve mentioned it.

Not harped or criticized – just mention.

“No, I’m not. I don’t.

And if I do, it doesn’t mean a thing.

Why are you watching me!”

If it were I, I’d think.

I might say thank you.

He dreams monsters, men attacking,

Knives, catastrophes. guns, enemies;

Moans and kicks the wall while sleeping.

“Dreams don’t mean a thing!”

Pain in his chest that has no explanation.

‘Neuro-muscular”, they think.

The heart is fine.

He doesn’t see a link.

It is bewildering.

He’s balanced otherwise.

The insight in my ego says it is his choice.

Hurt leaves, I neutralize.

Detached. It is his choice.

© It’s His Choice 12.19.2008

Circling Round Vanities; I Is Always You Is We;

Small Stories Book; Love Relationships; Revelations Big & Small;

Arlene Corwin



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