Wednesday, December 29, 2010

One Two

We are the factory making
Hand made days
Counting on our fingers
Soaking up the rays

We are the watch dogs
Taking time away
Like a load but lighter
On our back to stay


Friday, December 24, 2010

Standing Still There

It was early evening
But December was dark
With no wind blowing
All was still outside

No snowfall was laying
Over Autumn leaves
All swirled into corners
From another season

A clear moon overhead
Caused light shadows
Away from street clatter
Peaceful without cars

But not silent, really,
Echoes from city sounds
A critter noise or two
And there was my breath

Merry Season to all!

Thursday, December 02, 2010


I floated on a borrowed raft
Words of other writers
Beauty on a placid lake
Words of other writers

I took my time and stopped a lot
Pages turn forever
Patient waiting joy to take
Pages turn forever

My senses finally had enough
Drifting from the shore
Thinking of a poem to make
Drifting from the shore


Saturday, November 27, 2010


Memory completes change
And it holds still for analysis
To a point
Which is the recent now
Still sloshing with life
In half-formed reality


Monday, November 22, 2010

Your Absence

I can tell our being
Is a wonderful time
By when we are
Not simply memories
Find a place inside
But desire to share with
What happens from time
To time with


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Short Satisfaction

I stared at a tree trunk
Thinking about connection
Of this to that and everything.
This self a living extremity
Of Earth alive.
My one big job; to be
Just me, happily.
The short eternity of now.


Sunday, November 07, 2010


I thought if I closed the door
On what led me here
I could escape
That I might go backwards
Unlearning what damned me
To compassion for idiocy
My own and others'
I could escape illusion
To stand tall in stark Reality
No longer complicated
With the dreams and desires
For a newer, better prison


Monday, October 18, 2010


Fall leaves not fallen
Hang on the trees in color.
When morning skies are blue
And temperatures are cool
I trample the ground leaves,
Themselves at peaking beauty,
To watch upward as others launch.
With a breeze they flutter
But in wind they fly;
Swirling in yellow, orange and red
Swarming my squinting eyes,
Surrounded as I feel another
Autumn creep deep inside.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dear Friend

It was great comfort
In my disrepair
Having your friendship
Not going anywhere

Miles may separate
We hold together
Knowing our true past
Stronger than weather

Now on this trestle
The train is on time
You holding my hand
Is helping me climb

But when I let go
That's your cue too
I'll go down the tracks
And always love you


Saturday, September 04, 2010

Meager Offer

Stray cats in my neighborhood
I look foolish calling them
They stop to look
Curious and wary
{Just leave the food and go}
One by one they know me
The one without a morsel
Squatting to offer love
Reaching my fingers
(Here puss cat)
See ya next time
And that was that


Wednesday, August 25, 2010


I think there's a barnacle
On my hull
Causing extra drag
Or it could be loose paint
Probably caused by barnacles
Or maybe old skin is flaking
Not quite off
Barnacles love that
I think I"ll have to search
A little harder, deeper
For barnacle repellent


Monday, August 23, 2010


Tonight on tracks long dug over
A Ghost Trolley took me away.
So sure at first of a short
Scenic ride, I drifted asleep.
Though I was dreaming, the
Sound of brakes and heavy wheels
Assured me of my passage.
Part of me awake noticed a
Long bending expanse and less water.
I even half thought of waking up.
Too late I noticed a sign in
A foreign language, some town...
Wake Up! This ghost trolley
Isn't going back,
It's only leaving!


Monday, August 16, 2010

Balancing Axe

Chaos in curling smoke,
Like a cigarette or incense,
Coupled with a slight breeze
Begs me to create order.
An easy request, really,
The beauty of disorder wears
Down quickly without patterns.
So some I cull from random
Actions, while others are invented
Strips of meaning emitted
From curling smoke like
A well ordered sneeze.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cleaning Glass

In the mirror chair I can
See myself an accident of
Placement. Reflective
Surfaces tilt at me
From surrounding collected objects.
I turn the chair around
To hide myself. Intentionally
Placing reflections behind.
My eyes are closed, watching
My flashing pinball thoughts.
Rolling distortions bounce
On inside light. Did I
Create this reflection?
No pane, no frame
But it feels like me.


Thursday, July 29, 2010


Not all my hunches
Are readable. Not every
Problem is solved by a poem.
Still, trying is no more path-
etic than a moth at a bulb,
No less natural.
Someday it will turn out to
Be the soft edge of the sun I touch
Instead of a glass wall.
Maybe I'll burn up or just
Turn around, bringing an-
other poem to the ground
Wondering where to plant.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Odd Thoughts, Even Now

A flying fish or a sunken tree
A zeppelin or a submarine
A rock not tossed, dry between rains
Another underwater also remains
Wet yet dry in the middle grains
If you could check.
A diving bird or a floating duck
Each could be the same
Mistaken for the other at another
Time and place


Thursday, July 22, 2010


I'm thinkin' if I don't
Give 'em an inch maybe
They won't take a mile.
I made my friend smile and say
"They'll take a mile either way.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Marching Through

July is hot today. Even at
Night the heat stays in
Pavement and buildings.
The breeze is asleep while
House lights blink on for
Insomniac reading or T.V.
Even many pets are pacing
Just to feel the air move.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Turning Bad

You creepy children scream
Scared of your pillow again
Wearing pajamas in public
Hoping to skip a night of sleep
Screeching the wheels
Bought with Daddy's blood
Rolling the windows against
Money from Mommy's love
Stinking of bitch cocaine
Smiling like a frozen corpse
Dressed for your funeral


Friday, July 09, 2010

Flowers To Follow

They are beautiful.
That being said, I have been where the flowers
By their sheer numbers, wore my eyes
Way out and I got blurry.
This is not a brag, the city planted
In crisp regular boxes,
A brilliant unfolding display.
I don't want to buckle under guilt,
It's not so serious as that,
I want stronger eyes or deeper to
Let so many petals in.


Tuesday, July 06, 2010


Too close to my ear
With scant impedance
Though full distortion
Spits and growls almost
Words. Not music, just words
Projected with emotion.
Scattered like chicken feed.
It's hard not to seek an author.
When I do try, spaces fill
With imagination sight.
I stumble on my discovery
Of messages in the air.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Maybe the truth is I think
Too much
Somehow I developed and enjoy
The rush
Pondering deep where no one drills
Searching just to follow the trails
And maybe I can't quite quit
This touch
Which is reaching from beyond
Right here
Tickling my desire to think a little


Wednesday, June 09, 2010

What Goes Up

Time was I believed
In stars and huge
Swirling galaxies

I don't refute the proof
Which is beautiful art
Gathered in lenses

I don't believe in
Stars that rescue
Or planets that care

I won't waste time now
Begging the cosmos
To notice my thoughts

Filling time I save
With greater creativity
Coming down from clouds


Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Callous Memory

Barefoot all summer
Never broke a record
Hanging then dropping
Lowest branch up
Sharper ground waits
Quickly sitting down
Picking stuck pieces
A slow three steps
Then running to dusk


Thursday, May 20, 2010

At Once

Leave me happy,
Don't leave at all
I"ll wait for you
Not moving away,
You stick around.
Just we to be
A while in a small spot
Moving together to leave


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Part Way

Love is every part of love
No matter how you slice it
Even if all the slices have names
And carving marks from seperation
Love is on the way to love
Tracks left behind become the road
The challenge is to leave it
When giving away let go of love
Another part of the road returns


Friday, April 16, 2010

Flight Walk

From here on my perch
(I feel like a bird)
Traffic moves with the lights
(Featherless, without wings)
In clumps of cars and space
(No beak to speak of)
Here and there walkers pass
(Wearing shoes few birds could carry)
I only fly in my mind
(Just one eagle this season)
Moving over the rooftops


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Verb Centered

As if I could sit
And write about this
I sit and write about
Quietly listening
And so
But I quit that
In favor of sitting
Naturally quiet
Making the noise
Of created silence


Just Another

Up before dawn again
Ignoring pop help suggestions
of regular sleep and excercise.
Eating candy in the T.V. shadow,
Later I will have a healthy breakfast.
Outside (smoking) the sky
Standing in my own fog.
Cold dark lifts in the East.
Bare trees, black against rose
Streetlights still burn.
I finish and unhitch my eyes,
Dragging back inside
Where I shut off the T.V.
Opening the shades