Saturday, January 30, 2010

First Kiss

A calm like the end of worlds,
air static where fire rains,
an orange light illuminating,
pulsing from somewhere within,
and without,
sky gravid with hope
fulfilled and dashed,
tiny hardened emotions
glimmer in your eyes
a tortuous fantasy awaiting,
if only the courage could surface
one moment over nervous floods
and crisp black purple waters blue,
a childish facade
and an adults wish,
trees waver, sleep and watch,
there is life in summer nights and
electronic dreams

Sunday, January 24, 2010


You made a pizza,
with beautiful tired hands
coated in flour,
caked with dough,
the smell of mozzarella
thick and soft, inviting;

a clock-wise spread,
a collage of green and red,
so bright and hot,
and with the night
we watched hungrily outside,
turning tiny crystals
on glass impenetrable,
solitary and silent in the cold.

Friday, January 8, 2010


I wanted to write a poem for you
because you're sad,
one you'll never read or know,
but one that will stay here and age,
an unremembered  reminder of ends
and beginnings, of
growing old, and
staying the same.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The usual news with your morning coffee?

A car
in forward reversed,
an immovable object
not unbreakable,
bones old and brittle
moving him forward
holding him back,
a wall/crash/no more,
greeted by screams,
grand surprises as suns rise,
sprinkling the day with nascent rays
8.32 minutes old,
in infancy shaking the cold,
crushed mortar and cinder and brick,
ruffled paper and feathers,
coffee still hot,
a wrinkled hand raised,
an assumed voice,
"The usual please, thank you."

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Found Poetry

11th and Cuthbert Streets,
the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel,
Enclosed Walkway,
Greyhound bus
parking lot and
Transportation Center,
Market East and the Gallery shopping,
A Sign:

"Fresh Donuts and Coffee,
All So

Bull Pushing your Babe?- Be a Carnal Maniac

If you automatically get relegated?
When deletion eliminates you,
Before forever
in my trash can,
Why keep sending?
So I have to put you down?

An Exuberant futility,
your exuberance pushing send in the face
of failure, the futility of defeating my spam box
never reaching you,

One day we'll all understand,
and test your miracle,
we'll measure and lie and smile and talk,
asking for returns, money back and postage free,
and that's when you'll stop hitting send,
Your spam doing all the work,
an answer content in our futility,

Monday, January 4, 2010

An Idea for a novel that just won't work

Rabbits. Fucking Rabbits.
They've followed me all my life.
I've learned to avoid them by now,
But every once in a while
I'll let my guard down,
reading a book by my window,
daydreaming at a traffic light,
that's when they get me,
and can they ever talk.
Once they start. And I mean it,
once they start you can never shut them up.
They'll tell you they've seen so many things.
Been so many places, but one thing they can't do,
and if you've had
enough experience like I've had,
you know,
one thing they can't do is tell a story...
They will ramble on and on and on
for hours,
tangents and side stories, little anecdotes,
but you'll never and I am serious about this,
never, ever get to the meaning of the story
no matter how long you sit there
hours, piling on to hours,
its like watching a never ending half time show,
yeah it might be interesting and novel at first
but eventually you just wanna get to the game
know what I mean,
sure you do, I'm sure you've had a
conversation like this before,
You sit there nodding politely,
pretending to make eye contact,
but really you're staring at their mouth or past them,
wondering if they'll ever shut up,
or if you'll ever have the chance to speak again,
feeling like you are the police officer or the ballerina
or the clown from that Twilight Zone episode,
except you're hoping and waiting for someone
to ring the bell, shoulder to shoulder
straining, listening
for that loud bang,
the cold snow on plastic. Ignorance.
Whatever, even if you hadn't seen it
you'd know what I mean, right?
I guess,
all trust and what not...
So anyway back to the Rabbits


There is a ring
stained and smelling of coffee,
I've forgotten my keys
and you,
It's cold, wind blows outside
breath fogging windows and
ice melting, freezing, melting
and bitter,
mug stained, the scent of coffee
concrete though fleeting,
Still life and cold,
like the window chilled,
and waiting,
round and round
round and round,
the Inca, the monk
black and biting,
brown and sweet,
a new land to conquer--
Beware the high flags and heavy ships.