works of fire

the sky shattered and tiny pixels rained down blinking and hissing nearby another burst sent waves of gems across thickening layers of smoke evening reports creatures of the locale tuned in, keyed up, screeched back we did know light could deafen having seen and heard storms but who knew black sand from the earth could […]

outside

you don’t belong here you’re here to take it in you’re not here to let it in observe the I-ness of 10,000 things the way each has limited capacity for the others becomes accustomed, disinterested bored so quickly as though time was some precious commodity as though years were significant and spending them was a […]

the dummy

Morning checks: -Three bluebird eggs in box 1. -A dummy nest in box 2. House wrens build them. Do they get along, Google? -House wrens may attack bluebird eggs and hatchlings. -House wrens block all available nesting cavities from other birds. -House wrens are territorial up to an acre surrounding their real nest. -House wrens […]

somniloquy

we speak so much excessbefore we learn to hear we are born screamingbut the fortunate die quietly taking longer each day to say much at alllistening to the chorus, not soloists an unexpected peace settling inunspoken, unstriving waking each morningto splendid birdsong

you again

“You’re not leaving me alone down here,” it speaks, calling up from a trench between me and sleep. I try to bypass and ignore, to no avail; I curse and implore, but rest is derailed. I cannot fall asleep so down instead, my soul to keep but not my head. I dig around the edges, […]

Leaving the City (and Subset)

It’s not even a bad ride. The bus doesn’t smell of bodily fluids; no traffic impedes the way. Ahead, a shower of sparks illuminates the silhouettes of overpass workers. Urban rains splash on greasy sidewalks, churning bubbles that slip down puddles. Other drivers crawl along slick streets, peering out as grainy, low-resolution snapshots of themselves […]

mall birds

I tried to free mall birds once. Stock team started our workday before the sun. At that hour, feathered blurs streaked the ceiling with abandon. During breaks, I pondered the unspoken logistics behind keeping droppings from shoppers’ eyes and bags, while plotting to rescue the droppers. My appointment to the post had nothing to do […]

sun day

deep in the valley staring up at the mountains smiling, warm, giddy enjoying the local flora, honeysuckle tiny droplets with a hint of sugar the peach juice is imported but it suits the atmosphere and hydrates faster counting breaths getting lost in thee double digits drop a penny in a well causing ripples and making […]

stand in flow

round and round all tends to go pendulum and tides high – low drought followed by hurricane poor stand-ins for sun and rain stumble, learn to moderate feast – famine too soon, too late reject perfection (and its flaws) elect connection and more pause sitting still and letting all flow being boulder no need to […]

X

when I fell in love with the mask it had been worn so long the wearer didn’t know it was there either I made many mistakes and overlooked the peeling at the edges her only mistake was underestimation she grew to understand a self beneath the mask but wouldn’t tell me outright hoping I would […]