Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Lumbering through Bethlehem

Lumbering through Bethlehem
on a Saturday night
where the chilly shadows
of abandoned mills
toll silent like a busted bell
and anything left
was boarded or gone
or turned to pay day scams
and quick title loans and
anything else that scraps
for nickles in pockets
dirty and worn
(for poverty is a business,
like death and disease).

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memory of Music

To remember music
in bits of time.
Rifts and refrains,
a fog of feelings
like a madeleine cake
dipped in tea
swirling with a mix
of distant sorrow,
of fleeting joy,
set to the sonorous
strain of a single cello
in a shadowy room.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Oh Fortune

Oh fortune, ever changing
like the moon's ceaseless cycles
mindlessly repeating an
eternal loop to life.
For God plays dice
and shamelessly cheats
with a loaded pair
and He generously bets
on every number of
the roulette wheel,
repeating every time.
Like the moon's endless cycles,
so is fortune ever rising
and in decline.

Sunday, January 31, 2016


When the white blanket
falls through the night
with photographic stillness
in a world turned black
and white with
frozen breath and
freezing tears.
A crystalline glean,
fragile and eternal.
So strangely empty,
strangely serene.

Friday, December 04, 2015


When I was five
I became aware that
December days were played
like a game of moral dice
against an Advent calendar
where each day was marked
with little paper flaps
noting misbehavior
and since Santa was
always keeping lists
like a roly-poly bully
who lurked in winter's
shadowy chill and mist
and I knew that
he could watch me
through the TV set.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Silver Moon

In the shadows
of a silver moon
in a desert land
of caves and cliffs
and saw shaped peaks
sharpened by the
crust hard winds
of a vast salt flat,
bleached pale
like bones,
swept clean and
shrouded in
in a silver haze
above lost silver mines,
beneath a silver moon.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

A Parliament of Owls

Jiggery piggery piggery poo.
Jiggery pokery piggery woo.
Applesauce, so sweat and tart
That went all jiggery too.

A parliament of owls flew in,
A meeting of feathery friends.
Hooting with their eyes wide shut,
They caucused till the night was out,
This parliament of owls.

Rhyme and reason are out of season
And those who think otherwise
Are guilty of treason.
Jiggery piggery piggery woo.

A band of coyotes rocked away.
A band of coyotes on parade.
They eat up ma then chewed on pa
And asked lil' Timmy to give 'em more.

Jiggery piggery piggery poo.
Jiggery wiggly piggery do.
A car of clowns have come to town
In a slap fest for the crown.
Jiggery piggery wiggly woo.