Choice Bits, a continuing series

three short bits from a poem titled “The Future,” by Lyn Hejinian

There's no sense to things except the sense we bring to them.
But there will always be things out there, independent
of us, preceding us and outlasting us.

will occur no matter what. Courageously we’ll follow
the dialectical zigzag of despair and curiosity.

I'll reserve judgment on the future
until it shows a little more of itself

a bit from Trainspotting, by Irvine Welsh

(at an job interview)

---But what specifically attracts you to the leisure industry?
---Well, everybody likes to have a good time…

a bit from Music for Chameleons, by Truman Capote

(The author is conversing with and profiling Mary Sanchez, his housekeeper for several years. He is inquiring about—seeking a little chisme (gossip) about—her other housekeeping clients, often celebrities, one a Miss Shaw.)

Truman Capote:  Is Miss Shaw a poet?

Mary Sanchez: She’s always writing something. I don’t know what it is. Stuff I see, sounds like she’s on drugs to me.

Please visit my website at
My books are available on Amazon.