Thursday, October 8, 2015

Toward Which the Absent Tulip Flies

Awkward and dressed up
like some great stalk toward
which The Absent Tulip flies –

or tried to fly, but glided by –
she stands there gladly
in the glad rags of her mint-

green gown – looking up
and down like an entreating
bride. I am always by her side.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015


to be

when we found him we could see
it was indubitably true.
We do not know if he had grown up
through – or come down to –


but here he was
in plainest view –
what you

had wondered what
it would be like to be
into sweet stability –

something now
it gladdened you to see –
which was not the case
for me.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Blue Balls

Azure and cerulean and periwinkle troubles –
indigo, viridian and all those turquoise bubbles

altering the light –
muddling your sight:

certainties vamoose – every tenet falls –
due to the invidious unloosing of blue balls.


Monday, October 5, 2015

If I Had One

You’d like an explanation
but I have none.

And I’m not sure
I’d give it if I had one.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Earl of Sandwich

The Earl of Sandwich was the first.
We owe a debt to him.
He placed between two pieces
of thick bread a slice of meat and fed

the rest of us with what forever after
we would honor in his name throughout
two hundred fifty years of lunches
then and now and yet to come:

the sandwich – from a land which
also gave us language – which we use
sometimes against its rules: for instance
by employing “sandwich” as a verb –

such as when I say I’ll sandwich you
between my arms all day, my little lamb –
loving what we are and what we am.
We won’t need any ham.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Let’s Call Things What They Are

Pride, go take a ride.
You’re too obsessed with Shame.
Today I’ll be replacing you
with names devoid of blame.

Boredom and Depression –
adaptations to frustration!
Take your band-aids off us, damn it:
flap around another planet.

Let’s look directly at the star.
Let’s call things what they are.



I do not know what
to do about nuthin
& nuthin don't know
what to do about me.