Plumberís Satori


People call me up and ask me to come over.

I say I donít do drains. I donít unclog anything.

They say what kind of plumber is that, Jim?


If the goal of plumbing is no leaks,

That is no goal at all.

I am not that kind of plumber.

I am more like


Joyce Johnson observed

About a plumber named Kerouac


Who said that a discreet separate self is a fiction

In a world where everything is a composite

Of non-self ingredients.



24 April 2013



[Published in The Groundless Ground: Poems 2010-2014.

© 2014 by Jim Cohn.]





The Groundless Ground: Poems 2010-2014
(MAP Publications, 2014)