Summer 2017

For the soul, it is not unlike putting on
an ill-fitting wet bathing suit.
Admittedly, avoiding nudity is important
but there has never been something more uncomfortable.
For a time it was fashionable to be glib
about politicians, but not for survival
not as a defacto principle of disbelief.
Now, opinions are forced like chubby thighs
against wet synthetics over-spilling awkwardly
from what should otherwise not be spectacle
or sport. Graceless, not unlike distasteful comments
made to shun and exclude. I just want to swim.
The throbbing undulation of water drowns this out
and relaxes the demand of gravity.
Yet, here we are in the desert with pool toys
and ill-fitting wet bathing suits expecting
something other than discomfort.

Addicted to checking things off,
the list was a hangman’s prerogative
at the whim of her hungry highlighting.
Sufficiently succinct to the point of practical
purposelessness I’m perpetually surprised not to find paradox
at the end. Turtles composed of “check thing off list”
repeating all the way down
like the tyrannical march of time she meant to save.
Told, if not taught, to do this she can’t find
the cure in the disease. End of business only means
another list. One for you. One for me.
For me never standing out makes
the highlighter seem like a head rub.
A guess that is what they mean
when they say “those two deserve each other”.


It occurred in the middle of a long satisfied slurp
A moaning Lisa’s smile, bent to form a hole
where pan friend noddles dance like charmed snakes.
Enigmatic – underminingly coy – enough to know
that these aren’t fakes and that the reduced sodium
soy isn’t magnetic – but staining. Pollock in motion
peeling back shrink wrap while adolescents across the ocean
come of age under harsh florescence. Eyes straining
but pragmatic, try to digest where it all goes.

Nobody asks Marcel. But he knows.

On the subject, the Sublime is the awe of
being confronted with the mundanely normal
becoming grotesquely exaggerated. She bends
like Dali’s mustache for the countless thumbs
of the unknown connected. And as time
extends its red march, the maw slows,
and it occurs at the end of a long satisfied burp.


Some hear the pound, pound, pounding
of their heart confirming their life.
Such metaphors sting the rickety
piping of a noble 17th century colonial
trying to push against a nighttime
decline. The uneven hobble
of expanding warmth frightening children
in the cacophonous choir of inflexible
wood frame structure straining the wind.
Howl. Whistle. Crack. These words
have no place in our understanding of the heart.
Instead these blunt aggressions –
thump, beat, and pound. That is what meat does,
isn’t it? So name it this way. But in the twilight
of the age of meat don’t come to this haunted
colonial and cry tragedy against the gentle silence
of a ceaseless whirring fan. Against its coldness.
Against its calculations.

Caught longing for a more complex time
I was quickly reminded such moods were anathema.
Worthy of prescription.
Punished by conscription
Into a war of pretending to be something easily defined.
What happened to renaissance men
battling until exhaustion just to find
one person to provide succor against
the tide of mediocrity, and in that initial rivalry
finally reclining in the tender grasp of friendship.
In this age, we are the informed
but ultimately uninspiring
participants in labeling and categorizing endless
mundanity. It is not that bad. But that is perhaps the worse part.
In all the cold barren scarred tundra faces
that slump there is something clean.
Something sterile and safe.
Something desirable about a time whose only virtue
is how nice it all is. The word every person lands on
when they can’t say anything else.
It somehow hangs on the vaguest definition of compliment
but in a way that only serves to undermine
the complete lack of qualities in our frozen landscape.
A nice day for a nice people. A nice age.

Rewind to find
a start to which we affix
this place – where we are who.
Hope it sticks.

The body is only part of us
if we love or hate it.
Otherwise no – it cannot be our who.
Hope we can sate it.

The me that is free
is too good to not be true.
But the plant that grows has roots.
Hope its you.

I was told,
growing out if not up,
that you can’t make your own nickname.
But in madness reborn
who hasn’t?
What we play is life.

There cannot be two
of you
In the actors guild.
Of course you can
but otherwise no
it won’t go.
So I strut, occasionally,
upon the stage
to legitimize my name.

Tower mine. Tower mind,
up if not out,
brick upon brick
word upon word.
And in those dreamy clouds
what we play is life.