greeting season

I often say I hate winter my circulation sucks, I’m always cold I’ve never had enough warm clothes or warm enough clothes maybe or maybe just warm enough thoughts because in winter everything dies colors leave everyone preaches – but – 2022 was a fucking onslaught. – I don’t think I hate winter the days […]

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hourglass

You ask me who I am Because I asked you if you know Trying to ricochet my question As if I can use this language to define myself Something I didn’t ask you to do I could show you, maybe if you were looking But first reconsider the nature of the question Don’t you know […]

bright

when my mind is aflame with the knowledge of the stars I am in awe and fear will the light burn through my skull small pinprick beams forming constellations will my head make a nice lantern where did the off switch go it’s too warm to hold long I go dim again

Jesus Girl

She knew my ex, though they weren’t exactly close. She asked if I was studying the Bible and I said no. (But I would.) We had so much fun at her house, up in her room. I remember how her hair wouldn’t stay neatly tucked behind her ear. But I don’t remember any passages we […]

dirt

students overwhelmed spaces at my high school back then its mascot was still “the confederates” when we tried to change the backlash was total that year a lot of rebel flags and angry bumper stickers filled the parking lot horticulture class was in one of the overflow trailers with an attached greenhouse I signed up […]

Re Verse

I was on an island in the Bahamas before hurricane Sandy came my first such trip, saved-for, carefully planned I felt melancholy trying to enjoy my 4 hours ashore before they swept us back onto a cruise ship for an ahead-of-schedule (and utterly miserable) journey home I couldn’t manage enjoyment imagining the fears of island […]

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One for sorrow Two for fear Red for flesh Blue for tears White for lies Stripes for bars Don’t forget to count the stars

who

You look. You look like someone. You look like someone I used. You look like someone; I used to. You look like someone I used to know. You look like someone. I used to know who. You look like someone… I used to know who cares. You look. Like someone I used to know, who […]

babies

you arrive screaming what a terrifying thing infinite potential for harm and kindness more screaming, more and more, at all hours like you know about this place already I, on behalf of the shattered then partially and insufficiently reconstructed planet, apologize what suffering will you cause, alleviate, survive and who will you blame? completely dependent […]

Earthbound

trucks trailers and campers keep right I steer none of these but I move anyway the right side of the bridge to see a brief, uninterrupted expanse where sea and cosmos merge the sun cannot draw a line here calling it the horizon fire and earth create such anchors water and air are for floating […]