M.T.C. Cronin
The Law(s) of TV People


On the TV
I heard a poet say
that poetry
is at least as smart
as television

~o~

A man
in a hospital drama
took time out from his script
to tell me
that he loved me

~o~

Sometimes
I look at the box as I pass
needing the need itself
The agreeable
and disagreeable nothing

~o~

At the television
Christmas party
we sit around
and stare at each other's
faces

~o~

Advertisements
can tell you how to save
and grow
despite
death's taxes

~o~

All the women in there
have the same name
They are never women
Never never
will you be like them

~o~

And on this never theme
the screen fizzing
white fuzz and noise
I will never
walk in snow

~o~

I think
they are a theory
and we learn them
Despite the screen
they do not move

~o~

TV people
are not a part
of the total amount of motion
in the universe
(ask Descartes)

~o~

Our feelings –
to feel sad with other's sadness
joy with joy –
are our ability to resonate
to (be) move(d)

~o~

Movement
is not a theory
I watched a documentary
about how people on the television
cannot see or hear you

~o~

They have no motives
in relation to you
personally
I lied
That poet said that thing in a book

~o~

The doctor
said he loved me
but was cutting out the heart
of another woman
(an actress)





The Law of the Museum


What got left in the mind
After the rest had left
For the history of the future
Packable into seven large crates
And a shipping container
They’re taking it on the road
Bit by bit and insured to the hilt
And just like us
The museum dies like that
Bit by bit and insured to the hilt