Friday, October 7, 2011


Ever notice how yellow is a gathering color?
It doesn't stand alone
but clusters together
fields of mustard
as if
it has a cumulative desire
to trump the sun.


I am sparrow
claw clutching edges
of poetry and prose
little evidence
that the hard work of soul
is in flight


I was sitting with a friend last night who lost her husband to cancer last year. She said that it was almost as if 2010 never happened, or it was ages ago. And now, almost twelve months later, she is saying she is no longer numb, and the grieving even more desperate. And I want to tell her it will end, but we both know it would be a lie. We grieve, we die, we are reborn every day. There are moments when we are living, and dead moments when our blood is turning to alcohol beneath six feet of earth and the beetles are feeding off it, drunk and inappropriate.

No hands, no retreat, no return. Only a continual going out from our shoal, arms out, belly up...bloated and burnt. Then you lift me, with your sweat and love, desperate even in that. Desperate for that. True gifts indeed.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

She Took Me With Her

"When she went, last night,
She threw closed a
Thousand doors and
And a phone lay crushed on the floor

It was a fire, big and wild
Of another's wood
That scorched, not warmed
And only a river of tears
Might put it to shame

She hushed me quiet
As she opened her window,
That i might see
A clenched passage


We didn't speak
Or hold hands as
She guided me
To where her innocense
Had been sacrificed anew

In her hands of a child
She carried a sack of burnt offerings

I watched as they squirmed
And writhed to escape
Or perhaps, fight escape of
A resolve they underestimated

As silently I shadowed
And her child's fingers fisted,
The sun withdrew knowing
It had no place here

She sat me on a bench
And looked away as
She settled beside
My torn shell of helplessness

Then it began,
Just a tear, then a stream
Finally a river
As one by one
The bag was emptied.
She cried too

First a history
That should never
Have been written,
Then a guilt, mindless
Of compassion

A horde of miscreants
Masquerading as love

Brothers, so called
That might have sheltered
But instead hid beneath her,
And a sister that might have loved
If only she knew how

To fix, explain-conceal
That fell just one note short
Of true healing
And two wine glasses
That lied about forget

And finally,
That never were
And weak, foolish fathers
Who never could be

And when at last
the bag was empty,
Swept away
In the dirty flood,
Then she took my hand

And it was no longer
A child's frightened squeeze
But rather the tender hold
Of a beautiful woman
Who would no longer
Carry other people's trash
To the curb

Then close, she let me draw her
as I kissed away her tears,
And her sweet face
Found my shoulder.

She let me hold her
Having learned her hurt
And she taught me love, again
The way it should be.

And when
There was no more to do
No more to cry
No reason to linger
-She let me walk her home

I liked that she took me

I like that we held

I like that love still lived
In a home of broken windows
And dirty linen
Where rats rule the cupboard

But I hate that her heart had to shatter
Once more
As purchase for me to learn
That her love is unbreakable" -  9/15/11

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


On the edge of all I know
I am brilliant
the things I fight against
are truths that wish to be known

And yet
all I can do is live what I know
as today
and acknowledge
that I am fucked, either way.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

the things we do against all we can't

It's 5:00 AM, I'm on my bike beneath a teenage moon that's still wide awake from a night of heavy partying. His eyes blink drunkenly as I follow the beam of my narrow headlight. If he wasn't so hung over, he'd be doing a better job, or at least give way to day. But the sun will hurt his eyes, and he's in no hurry whatsoever to fall behind the world.

I pedal to the coffee shop with my goosebumps on full alert to the temperature of night. I stand at the counter, rub my eyes. "Decaf." She looks at me askance and I shrug. I take the long way home...stopping to window shop and sip the cinnamon off the surface of my Java. When I get back to the house I tuck myself away in the of poetry, a flashlight, my warm mug. The moon yawns and slips just a bit...just enough that the world becomes silhouette, and I nothing but another black mark against the skyline.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Easy Out

Ommission has a backward ease to it

you can't return
to the forgotten
once your footsteps
have hardened in clay

so we shrug

there's no power over yesterday
and no ruse to circumvent

Let us lie
at the intersection
of our parallels

(poem response to a 3 Word Wednesday poem. Photo showed construction of two bridges that ran into each other.)

Monday, September 12, 2011

All Arms

It's like we're legg-less
crawling up each other...
all bicep
shoulders screaming

the only ease
seemed surrender
on one side or the other
and strangely, I've white flagged 'em both

But ease never carried much promise

I live my life like a war
and each day a battle.
These arms have always been my strength.
Coaches would tell me to kick
kick kick kick
but I let my arms do all the work
'cuz I never really had a leg to stand on

I know this...
they keep holding on
(L&L - Was a little drunk when I wrote this)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


and when she lit him on fire it was like the fourth of July.
He hopped around like Brer Rabbit on caffeine
colored sparks coming from his ass.

She should have been horrified,
or at least worried
but she hadn't the skin for it...worn as her sediments were.

(response to "what you got?" That's all I had. At the moment. Just sayin')

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Heal Thyself?

The fact of the matter is, we all try to heal ourselves.
You are gauze, he is tape, she is stitches...
we take. we take. sadly.

But (and here we've come round again) we bleed out, and need attention.
It hurts to be the healer
It hurts to be the sick
and we've all been our share of both.

So empathy will be our bandage...and a modicum of mercy.

I have been the child with the cancerous childhood. I still attempt the surgical removal of every tumor. I have no blade. I grab your hand and poise it to slice. It's just the way of things. But I love you no less for it.

(comment to a post)

Friday, August 26, 2011


I laid it in the sun
perhaps to watch it fade, or to highlight it...
I'm never sure
but I clip it to the post in the yard every day
watch the light do a slow roll across our faces
in no damn hurry at all.

It seems as vivid as ever
all that weather, yet still saturated with the hues of love and denial

I think the color releases only in pace with my eyes
and when they see their last
the sun bleached photo will take flight
a graveside dove.

The Collector

I think one of the greatest things we do for each other "in here" is witness. Without judgment or even opinion at times, we witness each other in the minutia that gets missed. So much goes on between our ears, the unspoken growth and death that our fingers scream about on the page. We witness these things and press their petals into our scrapbooks. It's important to be so heard, and collected.

(blog post response)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

To Capture

How do you fold and package anything?
I cannot.
Whatever I capture still has life in it,
trailing vines that leech out from the corners and curl about
as foreigners with cameras around their necks.

There is no containing such a flash. I wish there were.
And then I don't.


The Quickening
could be a novel, a movie, a psalm, a proverb.
It is as ancient as Adam and as quivering as Eve.
It is the light that draws our wing and burns our breath.

Ah...the quickening.
It is our life, and our death.

Monday, August 15, 2011


The scent of absolution.
Such a dainty thing.
We sniff like dogs, thinking it fragrant like NEED, like steak.
And with our nose to the ground, we miss the delicant waft that came like a moth
beneath the light of our search.

Now I wait for it to come back around,
yet knowing I need only ask.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Musical Exorcism

I am picking up the guitar again.
My arms and fingers remember it like the weight and shape of my babies.
And I think to myself,
if I could write a lyric and a tune,
have them flow out from my levied equator,
I could exorcise things

Friday, August 5, 2011

As It Happened....

We made love
red heat under my skin
like a boil, a welt, coming to surface with a sting
the pange of regret, and the oh so fucking awareness
it wasn't real

But we gorged on each other
and I spread my legs to you
the width of you, and us, and wider still
as if I could not open enough
and it never was...was it?

But your name was in my hair
scritching out a memo of our deed on the pillow
where I lay naked, moon light bathed
because you would have wanted it so

And on the last wave
we floated away
as if we ever had.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Off The Cuff, Like This...

"I want to fuck a girl
No wait! Maybe two
Or maybe a girl and a guy
Or maybe I want to just fuck myself

I want to drink
Get drunk
Piss all over your shoes
Then puke in your pocket
Just so you'll know my life

All these bastards driving in circles
All these thoughts
Driving me crazy
That damn ocean
That just won't listen
That lover full of self
My life, full of shit

I wish i was fat
Just to wish myself skinny
I wish i was fucked
Just to break the wall
I wish i was drunk
Just to piss on your shoes."

~Lil' Coyote

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


I'm digging
always my shovel out

the handle has worn grooves in my hands.

now the water runs free when I attempt a cup.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Bad Economy

Is this economy of self....
hiding much of who one is?

Ha! If so, I should conserve.

But I'd rather die empty
than a full sponge un-wrung.

Rainy Days and Mondays Music

♫You first found me in my holding pen
Stopped to take a look and stuck your finger in
I bit one off and you came back again and again . . . hey
Then the nice people let me out one day
And you told me how to act and what to say
But you never get what you wanted that way )
Did you baby?♫


♫Everybody's laughing
Maybe it's just me
Just something unrequited
Maybe it will never be

I lean into the whisper
But I don't hear a thing
It's a tear in the dark
all alone in the car in pieces.♫

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Plant From Linda

It’s notable to give a living thing…
as if whatever instigated such a gift
continues in long life
far beyond any act of kindness
or consideration

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I Know Nothing

I agree as much as truth allows....
which in small amounts
poses as wisdom
until it disappears
into the thin air of pretension

Wave of Madness

Madman across the water
enigmatic in his restraints
lambasting the barnacles
as if they could be blamed

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Good Fight

If I choke
in dead of night
and me deader

I hope my wings
are sufficiently tattered
and bald
in the giving of feathers
and currents fought.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


I've a boat
floating still, with the sheer force of my will.
The buckets of my hands
end the oars of my arms
fulcrum of broad shoulders
forged in the rain so many
wet trees

under the umbrella of my hair
where even flood waters have no rise

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thick With It

I see you with your head thrown back
neck slick with exposed pulse
mouth open
with the indigo oil
fresh from dredging
new caverns
with the drill of another

R E L E A S E!



three letters

who can absolve me
with one vowel?

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Office Job

It's strangling really
and outside there is air, and breeze, and water
but still a city
the majority of it cast in the gray blend-all color of cement.

I would have to go farther
far beyond the front door of this square
to feel the world as round again.

Déjà Vu

a day as slow as this
my ear laid open like a stream
wide eyed against the repetitive quality
of this moment, so like the last
yet awe inspiringly different

if subtlety is missed
how will I know
that déjà vu is just a myth

Friday, June 24, 2011

Be a flower on a hill
grateful to die in
someone's open palm
surrender and be strong
stronger than the will
not to

perhaps fracture
in two
the body, dormant under the finger of a caress
the mind
gone Earhart

but that says something
something harsh
something less than you wish
a black check against your white expectation

(Words in Italics belong to William Michaelian)

Silent Conspiracy

I'm not sure
I'm not at all sure we haven't a mute existence between us that is conspiratorial.

The eyes have so much to say!
The slope of your shoulder is brethren to the tremor in my knee.

Together they whisper about the nature of our lives
and bat our wishes between them in the cloistered halls of our monastery.


2 x 4

I stand between
my beginning, my end
in a game of chicken


I've lit and scorched
my own hand, my own flame
all but the scars

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


you're still caged
i see the bars
i feel them more

it's gonna kill me when you fly
but God help me
i want to see it
more than my own

Friday, June 10, 2011

Perfect Storm

It was the heat
an exacting temperature
a bumble bee, wind chimes
some kind of smell in the air
anticipatory, recollective and humid

I walked into the house
and was assailed by it
the perfect equation of an echoing evening...loosed.

An apparition, bewitching and amorous
wearing the full season of us,
regalia of last June,
knocked me off my feet

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Reply to Joselyn

I undertand it, feeling unloveable.

I know how they will try and talk us down from this ledge
how they will congregate on the sidewalk below
their hands over their mouths in mock surprise and fear
the well intenders
singing the praise of our worth
and tell us how fucking lovable we are.

But you and I know there are parts that...
dare I say it to you...
only God could love.
There are parts that would make the crowd disperse from the sidewalk
having just painted a big red target in their wake
parts of us so dark
not even mold would thrive.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Keeping Watch

Yes. The best of intentions are in need of redemptions. We never intend to be the error, the virus, the villan. Sometimes we are. And we forgive each other. We leave those doors open. We throw open the window and keep watch for all that returns from what we've sent.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Dirty Mind

My dirty mind is right between the eyes
following it's own tributaries into a vast shoreless ocean
following your dirty mind
and hers, and his...
little white boats we are
calm or tossing
crossing paths or solitary.

The water rises in the steam of our imagination

Friday, May 27, 2011

Chuck's Friday

Let's go dancin'
my feet are shod with good times
born ninety years ago
1921 to be exact

but youthful as today’s movement

the street is the scene of our uprising
sun playing second fiddle
to the incomparable piccolo
of starlings and palm fronds

we've only that white line
to divide us



Image manipulated from here

I spread my barbs
unfurling all that anger
on velvet leaves of passivity
until I catch the crack
of your eye
and the single tear
you thought I'd missed


It is a moat
we’ve dug with the shovel of our mouths
swallowing the soil of each retort
planting the seeds of our point
until we’ve grown the forest
but lost the trees


Image found here

My words were sweet
arsenic of insincerity

she ate slowly
from my lips
and of them
fed my highbrows
with manure

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pulled Under

by Anthony Duce

He plays bass
so fluid I am current
and with me
comes all the living colors
they would have been
could they float

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Shape Of It

i think we give pieces of our heart away

if we knew the length of their residence elsewhere
perhaps we would be more cautious

but then we would wind up with nothing but our whole heart,
just an organ pumping
rather than the flute it becomes
memories fingering windpipe holes
like yesterday's reasoning and tomorrow's knowledge

perhaps there is no getting over
only through
as seems right

love is not something to be overcome, but to become one with
reconciled in either the having
or the have not
decks delt, cards stacked 

but there remains the space of it
the shape it was, and always is
melodic and missing.

He Said, She Said

He: "My deal is less about being easily distracted and more about my innate tendency to stare at ceilings...stupefied, empty-headed, and macabrely moody."

She: "I've such a mood. I bring it out for special occasions."

(Ode to Shadow of Iris, and My Dripping Brain)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


I think I was born in a shack on the bayou.
I've memories of it
small wooden porch
creak of a rocking chair
the gentle sway of a lantern
crickets so loud they drown out sorrow
or are sorrow
or eat sorrow.

My eyes are the color of silt
and I've the scent of the water in my hair.

They keep telling me
I was born and raised inland
a city dweller
but I cannot reconcile the fact

I do not live where I ought.

My soul has never lived here.

Monday, May 16, 2011


Oh that I could...
excise the crosshatch of scars
reshape them into a frame

You'd stand back
reviewing my handiwork
hip handed and head cocked

"It's no longer art" you'd say


Humility is priceless and viral!
Oh, to let it in
spreading into my description

There is nothing greater than self
put in it's place

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


We leave scent

Long after we've left, we are not gone
and our grieving
never fully done

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tie My Hands

If I'd fingers long enough
or an extendable arm
far past a bones measure
I'd pull heaven down to me

...and weep
at what it became

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Cab with no Ryder

Your truck stopped by today.
We stared at each other
memories clicking by in syncopated time

we left smiling


Amazing how a thumbnail can obscure the moon
and how then again
in another sky
it is the moon.

We're shocked by the size
of something we thought we'd minimized
and the foolishness of ego
that ever thought it could

Monday, May 2, 2011


I like my selves separate
all Sybil-esque

the moments when they press in
as in conference
to my defenseless lobe cage
is a noisy cacophony
of narcissists

Friday, April 29, 2011

Let it Lay

Can I say “I love you”
not a call to action
but let it lay there
like snow
on the Himalayas
like a beach towel
over warm dunes
like Grandma’s hand
at the small of my back

that big
and just that small?


Thursday, April 28, 2011


all  that  which might be spoken
in prounouns and adjectives like year old candles which have lost all their scent
sitting wickless and anemic…a tomb of dead spiders.

Melt the sheets.
Let it rain fire from our hair.
All  that  branding our skin in complex touch.
Wilting, we sleep soundly.


I held my ugliness in for a long time.
It roiled and foamed acid
until there was no stopping the hole from which it leaked.
So I loosed it,
only to find it was not the hideous creature I had imaged.
It was human.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Memory of The Moon

Does a wolf recall the date of it's birth? Is there memory, or perhaps a scent it once new from being within a mother, that it hunts infinitely? The Moon recalls. The in tune with the waxing and waning of it's own come and go, keeps track of all it surveys, having shone so often on birth and death. There is a record, etched with a fossilized stylus in craters and stones , and the record is grand. The memory of the Moon is long, and kind, forgiving, and complicit in the earth's forgetting the pain of birth, so that yearly, it yearns again for Spring. And so the Moon holds our unbalanced history...a rose colored collection of our beauty, the moments we got it right, the days we gave in equal measure to our gain, and our effort...the intent of our effort especially cradled with a tender glow. The rest, the sometimes painful, scared, humbled rest, is cast like fast balls within strike zone of the sun and returned via "SMACK" on the sweet spot. The cover flys back to incineration while the core sails across the sky. And there, caught readily in the glove of the Moon, is our essence...the scent we once knew from being within a mother. Safe. Warm. Nurtured. Loved. It is no wonder a wolf howls at the Moon! The Moon is kind, and it's memory is very long.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


I tried to chip away at it
only to dent my spoon
and flinch your eyes


Your disgust
was such a mirror
and in it
I hung ashamed skin
over disagreeing bones


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

At The Thought

My heart leaps

it leaps and leaps and leaps
within the net I've given it

and then it retires
with severed feet

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


You mourn birth?
Holy shit!
You are quicksand
to my mind
and so far down
you have pulled yourself
that there is no further darkness

Even my paltry light
casts feeble glow
on a miracle

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sorrow Loosed

I blow out
acerbic wind
of my own making
chapping lips
and setting fires

Friday, March 11, 2011


Image found here

Things left unattended
take life
from our procrastination
their procreation
born of our burden
but not our labor

such beauty
makes us wonder
if we ought toil
at all