Monday, September 1, 2014

more left than right & sometimes up

artwork by claudia

she plays hide & seek
                          in each picture & not
in obvious ways, so you notice
& those that only glance
across the surface
                          will miss

a reflection in the eye of a passer by,
the lean of a tree,
                         the blue building
a hue
              bless you)

& sometimes it's just
                          the way a line curls,
intimate around the neck

the tail of a cat
disappearing around the corner, you know
will stop by later
                        this evening,
                                        in your room

for a chat & licking itself,
                       will pause,
                       tongue still out
                       & purr

"i hear you
                         went to the wrong room,"

art is relationship//
art is the steaming cup//
                    not the cappuccino
but the warmth
                            shared between//
an investment in what is
          seen & unseen
of self
         & giving

& i am standing,                                                (peek-a-boo)
right there in the center, as the crowd ambles
around me, fingers extended
in the fullness of the empty bowl, of anticipation
at that moment
                           before feeling

Over @ dVerse, we are writing ot the artwork of my good friend claudia...smiles...doors open @ 3 PM Tuesday.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

born of rivers, lakes & oceans

photo by joel robison

there is so much hope in the paper boat,
the crease where stories on page 2 & 3 meet

the slapping feet on the sidewalk,
chasing its trek // cheering as it twists
& turns around submerged refuse

caught in,

the flow a raindrop follows from a cloud,
to a car window / along a wiper / down a side panel
to the road, where it
                              joins another
                                  & another

to a trickle, to a stream that fills
the gutter & as all things, finds the drain;

it's the look,
on the boy's face, when the boat does the same
& is gone, the stillness of standing over the last place
he saw it

that makes me leave

the ever cooling coffee cup
on the round table top & umbrella shade,
to catch the last bit of rain

in the gap between my collar
& neck, the line it draws down my spine
to my waist
                  & say,

when he looks up in all our askance,

"don't worry,
it knows the way."

for PU

Saturday, August 30, 2014

the curse of instant replay

photo by

i always wonder
they got here

the ones that can't read // can barely
spell their own name & no one has yet
to notice---

i sit at the desk in the back
of the field house // coach's office
uploading game film @ 10 pm

so the crew can watch it over
& over, til 2 am, re-living each down,
snap, lost fumble & re-considering what
we could have done different

the air tastes like four quarters of sweat
uniforms & jock straps

as the computer turns,
i unfold his paper from my back pocket,
pick apart the heiroglyphs born of a primal place
in the mental cavern where cave painting depict the day
& we all want to be heard

JONAHEN (if the T is there,
it's hidden)

Ptolemy's harem sabre cider squird...
(and there is more, in the scrawl of whirling curs-ive)

& this is from math class so what's the point,
isn't it
           all numbers & a letter here and there as a variable?
maybe a radical, lines & angles
                                               & so what a kid can't
at sixteen, it's
                  too late // & he'll
never need it
                  as a farm hand // & you do know how much
work it would take to turn

Ptolemy's harem sabre cider squird...


In the Pythagorean Theorem, sides are squared

& how many have tried // or just blind eyed,
passed him on // passed on him &


the upload is done & i refold the wet creases
lift my bones on aching knees, pop

a text FILM IN as i cross the floor mat
& one day his kids will sit on his lap, ask
for a story
                & i step into the night
         & breath
                     easy, the empty field,
the goal post in the moon light

come monday,
we'll find
that T.

for OLN @ dVerse....doors open at noon

Thursday, August 28, 2014

heaven is the stairway to the left (by the ladies room)

photo by Scot Creswell

i've run the course on bootleg Zeppelin cassettes
all live concerts
pop'n scratch wind warbles & a disembodied voice
trying to bum cigarettes

over other crowd noise,
vocals & rifts, raw as fish
at the sushi bar --- the faint hint
of the cross on the stone faced chef's mouth, at joys

he takes in the art of parting flesh, the glint
in his eye as the knife works --- on instinct
finding the flow of tires the asphalt
where the road bends & the woodwinds

join in, through downed windows, exalt-
ing ten years gone & all the assembled,
as the sun descends again to its vault
below the arboreal cathedral threshold,

breath held
ass clenched
as the car roars over the hill & far away /// Orion drops his belt

letting the moon out
& night falls, like a sequined dress in all its splendor
& i, now, at home,
& we with miles
                      & miles
                                    to go.

Over @ dVerse, Bjorn has us writing ruba'i and rubáyát --- doors open @ 3 pm.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

fall like stars

photo by hans gerwitz

halfway through first period,
blue ink on the white board solidifying
into a window, we all wish we could look out
& see pink flamingos or at least a circus
high wire act, any thing but
                                              word problems
which seem the bane of existence
for students at all levels, makes,

(one student covers his ears, every time i say
"word problems," which tempts me to keep
at it like a skipping record)

           & we've already deconstructed
the story of when my son got his head caught
in a canon
               ok, really it was the wooden wheel,
more specifically the spokes
                                           & Alex,
thinks this is ha-larious,

"maybe the solution is to take off the wheel
& make him carry it," he apes,
pretending a yoke lays flat
on his neck

only, at the time my son weighed 28 pounds wet
& the wheel quite a bit more

"well you could just roll him around,"

"but does that answer the question ---
                               how do i save my son?"

as if this five step process could dismantle
the fear that comes calling when my head hits
the pillow// or they understand the feel of the hand
slip-ping through your fingers// falling// car crashing
or some as simple as choking ---

"no," another class member,
the girl in knee high boots, nose pierced but hidden
behind hair in her face with a purple stripe says,

the first things i've heard grace her lips
in a week's worth of periods---

"good, then lets go back
                            a step
                            & try something else,"

& we're off --- determining how many CDs
we can purchase for X dollars, substituting for S
to check the rate of work it takes to dig ditches
together versus separate, taxes on stretchy pants

& yes, we save my son, by lifting him up where
spokes are wider, no ears torn off
in the process

& yes,
we fail,
we fail

because if we are wrong enough,
we just might get it right,
but never will

if unwilling
to take the risk & give word
to our problems.

for PoetryJam

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

i swear its what i heard when listening

photo by raffaele esposito

Dubious, dire, noir --- this ain't in the ribs bereft
of learned men and their keening
"is we sollen women?", akin my airbrush

dying, will such wonder under tree know, when
drying out, under barley bees lust  
such and the will to make it --- clambering or gaining,

days in rehab to jewels, and such from dust  
you then, get filled in, over and then

(oh shit it's better than a laugh)

guys, we shouldn't erred and hem & haw, shouldn't we been
so straight and ire'ed as them golden dufts

and for as much, we go sin, used and battle bent,
aware in urine, sober men --- tell me, in
au contraire, mission free man deal her
mere salty rum, across the sun and go under.

Night, fill him in and cunning's mantel sign

 (BELOW: original text from Faust: Der Tragödie erster Teil by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe --- retrieved from Project Gutenberg)

 Du bist dir nur des einen Triebs bewußt,
  O lerne nie den andern kennen!
  Zwei Seelen wohnen, ach! in meiner Brust,
  Die eine will sich von der andern trennen;
  Die eine hält, in derber Liebeslust,
  Sich an die Welt mit klammernden Organen;
  Die andre hebt gewaltsam sich vom Dust
  Zu den Gefilden hoher Ahnen.
  O gibt es Geister in der Luft,
  Die zwischen Erd und Himmel herrschend weben
  So steiget nieder aus dem goldnen Duft
  Und führt mich weg zu neuem, buntem Leben!
  Ja, wäre nur ein Zaubermantel mein,
  Und trüg er mich in fremde Länder!
  Mir sollt er um die köstlichsten Gewänder,
  Nicht feil um einen Königsmantel sein.
excerpt from Faust: Der Tragödie erster Teil by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (retireved from Project Gutenberg), as homophonically translated by me --- for more fun with homophonic translation, drop in @ dVerse this afternoon --- doors open at 3 pm.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

how to take a punch line

photo by orin zebest

first inning, he gives up
two runs,

when the catcher loses the ball
behind him

walks three
in the second & they pepper
a few hits --- it's six - nil

before his team
gets its first connect, a bloop
over the shortstop
& they're patting his ass,
showing support

by the third it's all
going to shit, like they're
reading his book,

pop, pop, pop,
every thing he pitches
comes right back

no one loves him //
he hits a batter bringing
another run in // beer sales go up
& he is the reason

there is war
starving children
& car bombs

"get a real job!"
one chunk of a man yells,
others worse

cause we
are him

& why pay eight bucks
to watch more of what we can have
at home / at work / at whatever
table we gamble the hours at

in the fifth,
after yet another conference
at the mound (like bitch'n

"let him have it!"

ball in hand, in the glove
& bases jacked
he looks up

at the meanest darkest
cloud & the first merciful raindrop hits him
in the eye

& all the fans scatter like ants,
under awnings // out to their cars
out of his sight

& right before i take the steps
i see him, still on the mound, soaking
wet, shoulders a bit less


cause that
is the only way,
it is.

I was sad today to read of the passing of a good (blog) friend -- Tina Downey. Tina and I wrote a story together a couple years ago and we often exchanged emails checking in with each other. My thoughts and prayers to her family.