The blue bike
Framed around the proboscisian stump
Gives the hill a quizzical gaze,
A watch set upon the valley.... more »
A True Act Of Contrition
Words armored and armed
Sent forth to crush and cleave,
No reserves withheld,... more »
I talked to she who almost was,
And every sound - sighs and chuckles
Question and comment - was freighted
With what could have been... more »
The antecedent was respect.
Admiration came before.
There was a precedent of desire.
Previously, curiosity.... more »
The smoke rises from my cigarette
Sitting in the ashtray
Surrounded by the detritus of earlier musings,
I shuffle through scraps of paper... more »
Gi' me d' ball gi' me d' ball gi' me d' ball
Over here over here
That'z it that'z it... more »
It’s been fun, exhausting.
The mellow bunch singing lazily around the bonfire –
Sparks spinning upward, reflected in the lake.
They begin to move toward tents and sleeping bags,... more »
Before The Lines
Can there be any doubt?
You have overcome me.
No other stands before you.
This is consuming me.... more »
Before, During And After
I don't know what is sweeter:
The kiss, or the reflection.... more »
He stood before me,
Toes dirty from running in the yard,
With tears tracing through the grime on his face.... more »
Camping Near A Waterfall
One need not pin one's hopes on gravity.
Physics' magic may confirm the cataract
Booked by a gnarled elm and shredded pine
Midway up the mountain path.... more »
And as she stood
A hot breath
Like warm, scented oil
Blossomed behind her ear... more »
She enveloped my senses on her arrival -
Midnight tresses, the mark of her Olympian precursor
Reflecting the hour of our meeting -
Beauty born of wisdom,... more »
Her dark beauty, fragile, defies gravity.
She has left behind silken splendor
To wander the world
And offer her tender graces... more »
On this day that has lost its mindfulness
Of blossom and aromatic fecundity
Of casual life, splurging its vitality
On birdsong and squirrelish chatter,... more »
Even When You Lose, You Win
'Why not? '... more »
The Christmas when my marriage died and nothing came out right
I’d flown into Nebraska, but Althea missed that flight.
My parents had her gifts around the Christmas tree alight,
But since she was St. Louis bound, it was a silent night.... more »
I came to her in tears.
No need for prologue,
I cried and babbled incoherently... more »
So I was goin', see, ta meet wid dis guy.
An' all of a sudden, I forgot wha' I was doin'.
So's I stop right there.
An' whadaya know,... more »
I love those moments when everything goes fuzzy,
My Self steps out for a walk next to me as it gazes
Through my eyes, borrowed and so newly seeing.
The familiar takes on a foreign sheen,... more »
There is no need to obfuscate...
Haze settles over the city.
Heat.... more »
Bespeak the emeralds of Phonecia
And Grecian gold well weathered.
A trace of Spain's Moorish amber... more »
What dreams are befouled behind that face –
Wind burned and cramped,
Smeared with dirt and spittle,
Eyes – not vacant – alert to another reality,... more »
Despite the rage and rawness twitching at my left eye
And the constrictions coursing through my forearms
Professing sleep to the imp ratcheting at my brain.... more »
It May Not Be Love
It may not be love that replays that instance
Slowly, and with richer detail -
That moment when I felt the cocoon burst,
And the winged dance of abandon within me... more »