Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Poems of Dark Birds

Cloudburst under cover

of dark

leaves shaken limbs strewn.

Still, wild distant shore


welcome sunrise.

What more from love


with too many words?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Impermanence and The Dishes

What is it about how

you fill up an ice tray

that reminds me of the

difference among snowflakes?

Or why the random pattern

of pomegranate torn open

by mockingbirds on the lawn

looks like the puzzle

of your dishwasher load.

Is it merely the way you

are framed by the moment,

or the picture behind you,

left hanging askew

on a nail firmly anchored,

to the inescapable

impermanence of us?

I’ll help with the dishes”

Friday, July 17, 2009

I Can Take a Bleating: Loura's Lament

Beaten heart,
your heart is bleating,
afflicted, forlorn lover of a lamb.

Disconsolate crestfallen lamb,
this brutal beating, from your bloody heart
bedevils my ears, the burgeoning bleating.

It cannot button up this incessant bleating,
lupine lover, laced up lamb;
ardor never pleases your ravenous heart,

a beating heart bleating; a werewolf lamb baiting.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Indifference of Expression

Tell your friends you’re a painter;

they’ll want to see your work.

I know you may not have the heart.

You were lovers in your lust and rage.

But you betrayed her by your silence,

while she broke you with untruths.

And you bailed up the reasons,

under heat of the sun; yellow

in fields of ochre colored angst,

you twisted like black crows

storming the canvas.

Tell them you’re a poet;

they’ll change the conversation,

not caring how poems grow

like ivy on your fences, probing

tiny cracks in the walls of conscience.

They are heedless of ebb tides

or swells from the moonrise

on shorelines of memory.

Maybe you’ll be forgiven

when you can write a poem

that smells like cerulean blue.

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Bones of Flowers

Secret histories,

shrouds lifted to converse with

the bones of flowers

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Becky's Heart


On the highway home tonight
tears for your mother came in a slow rain
under trust for my love of your company
and the joy of the day.
The sound of their falling
hushing me at sundown,
and ushering in
a greater silence in the carmine sky
settling over a lighter halcyon blue.
Memory, like ripples on dark water
stirred from high above and long ago,
echoing rings,
a deeper understanding of you.



Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Birdbath Baptism by Proxy



Her gaze graces

this turbid bowl, as if...

roil'd feathers, her only concern.


Monday, July 6, 2009


When you break-

down, there

is no

home to
return to.
The world is not your

No matter how
you think, you
become, you

under failure.
You are no longer
the you, you
a marker,

while you
fictitious futures in

your mind, you
drinks for new friends.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

remind me why I liked brautigan when I was young


I rose to the sounds of fish weeping,

while wind in the palms echoed lament.

Shadows covered over the glint of the moon

and danced on tears and scales.


I tried to console them with metaphors,

amusing stories and poems,

until all was connected to everything,

and the world poured over the shore.


"Death gives us depth", I said

showing them pictures of the blind,

those living there who could still see, 

but were always standing between.


In the end they remained dispossessed 

by all that was said and done.


So I spread out crumbs...

on the water.



Friday, July 3, 2009

A Man, Not Afraid of Flowers


I am not afraid of flowers,
not afraid of a sparrow's song,
not afraid of wind on long grass.
Not afraid;
though I know there is a price to pay,
bones to grind,
flesh to be ripped,
for a taste of this beauty.
I know there must be blood
running under this ground.