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Autumn Poem

Autumn Poem

autumn regains composure,
smooths her rumpled skirts
and casts a sharp, cold glance

morning brings no offerings
to the lovers.
what lingers in their hair
what remains a fixture
when they part, is the silence

autumn crosses her legs
as i walk past her blue eyes
into noon. (my hands, …

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about change

 

summer excuses itself &
steps out onto the porch
for one last look
at the falling sun
before taking up with the fog
muttering something indecipherable
about the allure of mysterious women
in explanation

summer's child begins to suspect
this may have been her last season
of running in shorts t…

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The Wind Comes in for Breakfast

 

the wind comes in for breakfast


& i will go out with it,
kicking up dust
& memories

the waitress closes the door
& the wind lights a cigarette.
i order hash browns & eggs

over medium while the wind,
impatient, taps its foot


the wind comes in for breakfast
bringing decisions…

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Adaptation

Adaptation


i walk the dog
before the curtain rises
on this inevitable dawn
as a flock of wild geese
passes overhead & i listen
through the fog to their report
on act one of this new season

a single goose has gone off course
his forlorn cry announcing
the arrival of a plot twist
i did not anticipa…

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Banksy Sighting

                    

                              Banksy Sighting

 

"i see that Banksy left a post-it note for Anonymous"
                                         - They Might Be Giants


though i handed you …

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Happy Birthday America

 

Happy Birthday America

 

enjoy celebrating your freedom
beneath that canopy of fireworks
(invented by the Chinese)
. . . don't waste
a single thought
on our economic entanglements

or how it seems we're owned by them

- just let yourself
stay distracted
by all the shiny thi…

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Texas State School Board vs Reason

Texas State School Board vs Reason

 

the child looked forward
to the education
that she was told
would take her
to higher places
but she was surprised to find
the publishers of her textbooks
had poured their intellect
into a jesus-shaped
jello mold

her biology teacher
advised her to just memoriz…

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Teach Your Children Well

Teach Your Children Well

. . . . a father's day poem


how many times
must i remind you
i am not defined by you,
i am defined
by these berries i pick
along this road
we both walk?

here i am becoming
intimate with my shadow
while releasing peter pan
from his eternal prison
of magical thinking
here …

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Running Home

Running Home

 

spring has called a rain delay
but the light
oh the light
the way it lets in everything
whether i want it to or not,
how your music drifts with it
& i recognize the clarity
of your vision in the beat
am helpless to do anything
but return the notes you send
in love's impossible voll…

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The Medium is the Message

 

"You had your time, you had your power
you've yet to have your finest hour"

-Queen
Radio Ga Ga

 

in a world where
mythology creates itself
the gods we couldn't
bring ourselves to name even
noticed that we failed
to take ourselves seriously
so they gave us boys named George
in a …

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Expert Poem

if you are not an expert
you should not be reading
this poem

only an expert
is qualified enough
to know at a glance
if these words
have been manufactured
according to strictly regulated
standards

if a shelf date
has not been stamped
at the bottom,
proceed with caution
for it may be an indication

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The Hills Had Caves

                   

The Hills Had Caves

 

indians lived in those caves
out behind the farmhouse,
their artifacts trickle out
with each new generation
exploring the cool dark,
carrying big sticks &
fierce imaginations
on their bear hunts

timid beasts,
those black …

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Prisoner of Your Love

Prisoner of Your Love

 

"All I do is kiss you, through the bars
of a rhyme"
                                  - Mark Knopfler


in this season of loving
where the only thing that changes
is the temperature of the current
i am swept away each time
i catch the rhyth…

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Collections

 

 

Collections

i tossed it all
everything i owned
everything i'd collected
had filled the spaces with
had used to anchor the past
to emotions i have no use for anymore
found myself growing weightless
in the process
found myself waking up
to the limitless space
& memories that flood it

it di…

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Spirited

 

Spirited

 

Summer settles its debt with the sky
as the spirited bride considers
diamonds & a ring of gold
where only hills rise from a quiet lake
reflecting promises of a different nature

can her story possibly remain untold
when there is a groom who claims
he has found it written in his hea…

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Modern Love

Modern Love

 

i dreamed
i was being kissed
by a man with
a tongue thrust disorder

i must learn
to make it clear
that i am not
a speech therapist

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Low and Bright (the Seven Dwarfs' Horizon Suite)

 

                  

                                Low and Bright

                               (The Seven Dwarfs' Horizon Suite)

                                                 for Pieter Outte…

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