Tell this to your children.
What happened here - light graffitied into being.
Stretch an ontic yawn,
metaphorical, displaced and stumbling
around the ever-confessional remember-mouths,
a purple mass bloomed & the tongue become tourniquet, a harp-hearted osteotome.
This is the underside of being.
This is a snake eating a snake eating a snake eating its own tail.
Broseph, you know this - what wounds enters unopposed.
Have I, hapless, told you of multiple origins?
It’s the same thing inverted - e.g,
what you hear and what inheres.
What keeps & what deigns be kept--
born continuous & borne besotted.
Resorted to and breath-stealering beauty.
You’re the beauest of gestes,
raining darkness into tight magic.
You’re baby teeth loosening,
you’re a small dead mouse in the beak of a jay.
What comes to me is easy.
Thinking’s never not magical,
like the barest precipitate,
likening the once, the involute.
Form of forms as hot & dark
& imperfectly distributed.
This there must be-- a pooling denseness.
Only blood’s translatable.
If this could never not be, then scant comfort.
Make and unmade, even selves cohere.
Some measure--the present at its punniest.
The password is: Ileteveryonedown
That’s a thing you know now.
Dubious this, my sweetest pea.
Gravid, I mean gravitas.
Swelled newness in you
when we dared not hope.
Allowances have been made.
Hums, loomed & varied, proximal.
untoo’d dis-too’ too- drest dreamt who knew this was a sex poem. the fuck you say— plied. Plight half-roamed and roaming. Shill From the most-ed . staid words-a-blinding’. -plied and -plied again. Unruly
‘cause broseph, lunders gunder wonderst
O, deadass— requite me breadcrumb me . what is a even
broseph, pliated plied. Plied with wine plied and re-plied, repeatedly
you breadcrumbed me. Requite. Plied
What’s clear Not one of us not undergone—sewn tight to being. At some time Sewn tight to being. Dings inapt. contrived to
Ding’s too kind a word. Dong, well, dong’s out too.
So, dung, then. and all that’s been sewn tight to me.
sews undergone. wound/winded
tight, inters. breadcrumb me. Wounded
enters unders in unopposed.
involved. Uninvolved and uniterripted posterity prosperoity
I’m really quite clever—
it’s the same thing, or, intented iverted inverted what I said, what you heard.
feels like it. What inheres. Ye peeps who’ve
I’ve been thinking that line for weeks. I’m quite clever. It’s the same thing.
That’s how I said I’d start, so I’m committed.
I’d be more talky-talky. “cause what moves can’t last – get it?
When-I-wrote iwrote Myself, for example, I’m a we’re incolved. Involved.
Hewn from. Tonally broseph. It has come to my attention that I overuse whence.
Hewn, perhaps? Or cull? Might I suggest hewn? Cull, perhaps? Have I suggested hapless that this moment of realizing this moment manifestation of manifestiaon being of being happening of happening irruption of irruption. Being of being. And my awareness thereof. Have I already told you about the intolerable nature of this pre-desitnation. Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Hewn or as a for, in of as opposed
sign compels? What shallows silence? What dank/wet word? What augury? What sharp retort? What augury? born up& ifOography. Apostrophe What synomyms If what persists. light signs weaving have you What augury? What darkness spurned thee? What signs have you What carries synonymous across the deep What means what words have you for one cast out? What signs—?
Have you recompense From what, care-worn Am-is-are worn. Are-worn care-wornWhat Depth. DpethThis an asking. Have you heard. Have you nonesuch Have you no. Have you none. This is the glass shard re-splintering Worning Worned and re-worn. The worn and worn I’m bothered by falsehood splited shard. Shard glass shard splintering. The clock tells false I did not think youd come. Are you here I would not have thought you’d come. This could not be foreseenI could not foreseen. I did not Wanted wan We’re availed Sensed as far as I cold go.Haven’t Arrival you’l time Bided-mark ask taktask Namen amened Silke berefted namened brought nomenclature. Scplatura scavenge hind-Taken. Hallowed-be eh-ee (phonetic symbols) gnomen gnosis Tidewashed worsted Tinhearted Halo fickled and childless. Silv-hearted. Oran-bodied. fickle-footedBone-crushed throatlessyou grwl a low things-hearted childless Onehindhildless one. O shame. O oneness that was. O heaving. O cleaving O shame-anima , I’m that heaved over You’re that O heaved-up. Cleaved, If there’s a thing I’m supposed to do I’ll do it. O, likening shade. shame-as me. Anima O metaphor O Shame-as. Shame tongue, Tell what to do If there’s I’m supposed to do I’ll do it.thing to be done. Demanded bargained for. I’ll do it and more. supposed to do to do I’ll do it. Cleave meat, O fright. O callousness. glossed callousness. hit-upon a can’t but see cliffs, the one true the unforeseen one as earth befts the cutting the cut of the lake what blankness come form me – as the blankeness I was there is no me that’s me pure there’s n. you have the future me. Unsteered steered bearren exchange - barren. Not to-the-one earth of the hot earth warm Psomiess promises promise is there’s no promises If there’s faith her, Impossibility of future and the necessity thereof. there’s no promise in the present. O, harbinger-child. EnfantYou are the cleaved meat. Your smoke that goes no-where. Reader, I cannot meet you as you are. The flimsies. This offering’s unrequited. Child-less, Poems will never be enough. If this is all I’m allowed to There’s no takesy-backsies. have, it’s not enough. Organizational Meta me out of here There no meta-ing ge-meta Insufficient met Meta’s notMeta-me there’s no meta sufficient to cause suffcThat’s not the worst of it. Eternal, and this is worst part. Eternal in all the worstest ways. You’ve got. But it’s better than this grim, poemy present. But the opposite’s a grim, poemy present. A poemy insistence on this present. A grim, poemy present. , grimy grim present. But there’s no takesy-backsies in poems. But what’s poemy about that? Where’re the poemy-bits? Permanence Wearer intolerable. A few lines You-as-poemy-bits. These’re the poemy bits. I’ll not stand stedded and restedded. You-as-epithet. Reader, even yesterday’s I’s a drag. You-as- Overdependence Epithet-you. Give me myself. A crisis of I-ness. Misunderstanding Burdened, in one way or another. I like to think that poems form like crystals or clouds—there’s some sort of substrate and condensate (?). (whatever—we’ll see where it goes) So in this metaphor memories are kinda like the substrate So I guess memories are kinda the substrate. So in this metaphor I move through the world Amassing irritants building myself as substrate – so the memories are substrates or are the words substrate? There’s no takesy-backsies in a poem. Can you make something less true. This doesn’t make it (not sure where I’m going with this.) As if moving through the world I pick up the dust and irritants that would eventually attract poemy language I spoke as if I knew. As if Some initial perturbationCrystals That about sums up my range. As much one as the other. One as the other. Why am I telling you this? Bothandbothand dream logic. Earn it! I used to think poems formed like crystals or clouds. Like condensate or accretion. around dust or some shit. See. Both forever. I don’t need to tell you what this is about—Both all the time. cleaved meat sings loudest. . Cause everything a showtell. Bbeared all. Beared bare Cuz everything’ a showing. There nothing that not always showing. I used to think poems formed like crystals or clouds. Show less is more. There’s no trauma like the banal—‘cept all the real traumas. Cleaved meat. No trauma but the banal. That things are not more – more anything. That this is the way it’s til it’s not . This is the worse part. Okay, maybe causality, as concept, is the worst part, but this is still pretty bad. No trauma but the banal. But could we make it. Will we make it. The worst, Mannered instinct To start w but everything’s already started to end, so there’s that. If everything If anything was not then there is an end to all this. How’s that for show-don’t-tell. Cause Differentiated pinch something off (I know) I used to think it was like sails – I would scour hymns well, not scour really, but wherein I thought I knew where significance laid— not so different what if it’s ended – scratch that – it’s begun ending – everything’s begun. Causality’s the worst. Lied? Lain? Boorish . Why don’t I use specific references – Mill Creek – the very specificity makes me cringe. And then I’m reading Crane and there’s all these landmarks and shuff. Jubilat agni
As the senses of carry a burden ,
Have I said that this is intolerable ? Intolerable that this should have been
That I must’ve been leading to this I can’t can I hope to one day even.
And my intention? . culled (have I used cull yet?) a snake eating a snake eating a snake eating its own tail snakes and tials vials function of an organ.
Prepare for the second-coming Try not to define anything No wingdings (emoji’s are fine) Wikipoesis, You ain’t my thesis. Every morning I get up, I never feel Compelled toward exigesis. Yeezus I didn’t mind waiting—dowsing Barry WhiteGusts of rain bell the streetlight.Bell the dead un-memorial.It is not something I plan so much as something I try not to avoidIf bets could be placed on the oddsof whispering a certain sense of chagrin. Femme exasperatedI would not see her I’ve come to realizeMetaphor was old weatherrigorous and plain.Exigesis, a tangle of letters
soaked, sank - bear with me.
I never had your stamina, dread, or wasted sentiment.
Wikipoesis unfists the line, O, charming boy-girl. The trick is to watch without staring.
We took to each other. Took time,took what offered itself, I recall. You, deep-veined. Me, unlettered.
& the storm came in quickly. O, TFW you unlike the brimming fanciful.
Like, once our bodies knew what we’d becometangles of smoked-glass skin, stretched desire,
& weary, we slept the fever back & dreamt.
You didn’t what you couldn’t & I hated you for it.
Love the harmonious, the well-tunedOf orchards, of longing and of other poetic spaces.
I suppose chivalry’s dead. Knock knock.Who’s there. Neologist. Neologist who?
Um… Unvoiced -nesses, -ides, and -ties. What’s a-positional, before and after? It’s putting the income in nincompoop!It’s answer the door well beforeYou understand the things we tell
Each other in passages between.Has not that I’ve bestowedCall unto me a song. Such sweetness
She said, I don’t do “unto.”Neither tide nor tidal bore.
Call back what’s been undone.Call back what’s unpresented.
So stay distance. Stay becoming.
Dare you to leave it the strength to improve.
A change, a final change includes no authority.
Oh the unnecessaries of a generation—
to harm or compare or associate.
Act so that there is no use
in a center. Wide action is not
a width.” An answer yields up.
the body’s politic’s more than souls --
I was not awake & I,
I was not unsurprised.
I’d heard the words darked-up
and, like I, exasperated.
As if you’d been enough.
Fanfic’s always the best fic.
She called me the calm before the awesomeness.
So I call her, in principle.
It was never my thing — change.
So I dare not, so I’d feign Black Betty,
that pretty poisson, those golden tassels--
O, those pumps and whispers. Longing, as they say,
& when we draft we compromise, we invite excess.
Hoping for more yet never not dreaming.
Finding our feet and stepping through rough.
We do what we must and we must never sleep.
Breaking new barriers and searching new grounds.
Exploring ourselves and the unknowns of life,
Growing and changing as the world chooses.
Out on our own in the unexplored world;
Making so plain just how well we cope.
A newborn created, all concerned relieved;
More reasons to live now than just to breathe
In and breath upon moment
The fine hairs on your forearm remember
Enjoying the battling ideal.
meet me underground
meet me where the nowhere
becomes a place we understand to be our new home.
my new phone
blocks out the sound. blocks calls from your mother and mine
mine heart mine letter mine own
tongue rendered rent
due north, due aparted
apartment in a house with inglenooks with olive light fixtures
you and I staring into it
Is there still a god to claim home
Half-cut, drinking milk under your arm,
counting my sins,
Pleading. And all the while the womb of eternity swells
Waiting to birth a bright-star world
Where I becomes the We and eyes begin to see
Beyond this tiny now that aches with the beatings of time
Against the timelessness of all Creation
Like a butterfly being born
Again. . .and again. . .and again. . .
I wish for once, the tap
on my shoulder would be enough
to set off the firework under my bed.
Don’t say you wouldn’t do it too
If you had the chance to trace your lips in gold
Skimpy silk baths and rose candles casting light onto your skin
You’re not human anymore
I know you would
I reach deep into the heart of painting,
pull out its guts
ripping canvas and flesh,
When they came i sat naked in the leather sofa with a tall glass of vodka. The children were in the bathroom or the kitchen. Afterwards i smoked a cigarette on the balcony. i was free.
Though even there everything around me had vanished;
a cement floor, paint-flecked walls and ceiling,
tiny scraps of paper
than conflate nothing solid -1Never ending deferral – what’s at stake – what indeed.
You’re likely irked. I get it. Metaphor’s baeand all that. bae. Unedning putting off deferral. By now, you’re likely irked. You may beirked.You’re likely irked. One, unending I know – show-don’t-tell, but speech is bae. What I’m showing’s unknown to me. Reader, I know. Insight is bae, but I’ve got none. Some unaltered source. Original is bae. Insight is bae. Images are bae. What insight sets this right? What origin’s sufficient? There is no knowing that would set this right. The low sunTwixt-ways. The source is Cuz explanation underwhelms. Precudes effaces Real talk—Here’s the thing. Explanation underwhelms. That’s just Here’s the long and short of it. Motivation
Explanation underwhelms. What motivates the source is never whelmig underwhelms
The low light of winter through the window, the low light of– what What motivates underwhelms. – pale winter light. Underwhelms
There can be no respite. The sun, low in the sky, shines ast the itchen table. low-sun enough of this – winter light This hand, this wrungout face
This handow window winginf wringing this holding salt Orpheus lot gets demands isperse disowns belies bellows As source and recompense imageless reader, one sets a heart before one/ce begets the whence from bereft begets pends begets all sense but one. The wehcne maigns & what I said I said & did maligns— source begets whence it issues. begets its whence as both ways past and future us. Forewent.
& when I said I said and did, the one were The dark path, reader, the the full extent of our undoing. gone then we’re done. well, then we’re unmoored.
What am I but those things I said I said & did—
Do I not. Unbeen. Notted. Unbedone
them’s two-faced.well, we’ll n I’s unmoored
all disjoint undone skint. unhinged. Come skinted out Scanted. Disjoint dis undid pastered pasted made past pasterized simpled based debased.
unthinged. Unhinged. But unmoored. consequentless demooredtwo-faced. Denuded Me when I was not. What I was when I was not yet. Stood in for me while I was in the past. So-called cuz when’s a what-function. Time’s a thing in space. distance. Spark or the small ring of my drink on the table. well, we’ll scant have stood for much. spils out cvers so-covered for the way Like, literally—like, the so- like, the so. Feckless Thought-less in its So,
literally is bae lestness done-ness greeted run both ways best poem ever or best. poem. ever.
Cuz, what I’ve said & did’s two-faced. what those things you said you’ll love so much
What’s been and been and been. Reader, couldn’t not’ve & were, but both ways. Forward and backward. A glance moves what was an. A fig’s as good as God. been anything else. too unto you a sign signs move both ways what signifies moves backward always both ways secrets flow both ways hold a die in your hand and you know what I’m talking about. It could not be anything but. Glancing thither and yon. When I say I UnWork both ways read decode the past hacked the events Too seeded ThricedReader, this is just to say, overdetermined overed ofted works both ways cuts janus-faced spills out Undone won signgled out signed out
Want on The one you figs and Thrice-cursed blessed, and the other. Blessed the other case you in case what significant ths is the break this si the rethinking sized up
Tundered tindered tossed to and fro the consequences remain TBD. Cuz reader,
no regerts The one you knows and the one you
janus-glanced Cuz that’s that that consequences TBD though what consequesces the conse
Though the consequence be TBD. our motions, fit and wanton rot rot’s what grows then then’ll be the right time for a small change. That’s that that
If all’s new. A cross roads, if you will – can’t have one without the other. What I regret and what I stood for Reader, no regerts. have often if we’re often cross that off have unto A new double’s the negative a modeling of the new in & if all’s new, well, we’ll, Unspeaks unspoken. Double the negative. To find the unsung I won’t not look to you. We’re see about that. Not have stood for much Scant have stood for much scnat have stood for much.
I’ll say it plain - I can’t not look to you. Lacks host power ghost power. TBD
If this is what it is to stan for, well, volition. I’ll stan for volition’s TBD.
I’m all in. Make clichés happen. Shipped and re-shippped to I ship cliché.
I’m all in. You know I stan for clichés. Such power figurative. I stan for figurative language. Clichés as time machine. Atemporal I stan for clichés. Is there such a thing as clichéd into being. Unconvinced convincingly Clichéd into being. Doth protest. Whither untilled Speaking of waters. There’s nothing that’s not See how easy that was. Ntilled untilled. Beginnings renew and known good and known newn own shorn yoon yew Lasting stain An escape now I can talk about worthess shit with like monstrous This
Bridges, numberless & the water below. Lee-edge lee-ward and warding tonally broseph.
See how that works? I assert, Effaced. Traceless to stan for scant for cause.
What’s done is done but water under thousands of bridges numberless scant
—remember? And whither
distaff of or concerning. [Yes, this is one of those poems.] Reader,
clean slates & new leaves—metaphor galore.
So let’s do this, ‘cuz this excuses everything.
& this excuses everything-time I said
you had bad taste.
& when I fumbled First of all, I really dig beginnings.
when said why bring a child into such a world I [We’ll see where this goes. We’re in this together.] you should know this. You know this.
You should know this. The clean slate - derivative. Extremis OG sense –
I am opposed to most organs. Original sense. properly. The convex surface of the body of persons and vertebrated animals I said and I said and I said, When I said you have bad taste.
which is adjacent to the spinal axis, and opposite to the belly and most of the special organs. It extends from the neck and shoulders to the extremity of the backbone. back and side: all over, completely
The rest unasked, as wonder, as unbidden. rest bidden. untroubled. Be more be Both all Stund- Calmed and Stay, calm and untroubled. Be untroubled, be wonder asic askt ast fasted ummed
Reader, her stift Like, filler like Sigh and Stan it Beget my self from myself. O, sum-it-unto I’ll thorn-it-unto, thorn it wrestlingly. Beget from I to myself. Wontingly Th’impossibles’s ashed-over and wantless. Bee-thorn bethorned gethorned? Th’impossible’s told and wantless. Th’impossible’s at least at once as wont Are you ready for love? Read this sonnet to find out. Begws eggs
All’s well or something /but/ & be stranger. There are impossibilities at stake. possible ebbed stranger. impossible. Know that metaphor’s impossible. BY DEFINITION. Don’t ask for metaphor. What do you stan for? Impossible’s a metaphor. Metaphor’s impossible and Impossibility is metaphoric. What’s impossible’s metaphoric and remains so. Unearned
the tongue of the start of the ash of the edge of the Reader, metaphoric impossibilities.
The touch of the sound of her voice. Ready for love? Write a sonnet and find out. The tounge of the final ebb of the taste of her tongue the bee of thorn of the Write a sonnet and I’ll tell you if you’re ready for love. her skin and stovened The light of the skin of the hum of The hum of her skin beneathunWrite a sonnet and we’ll tell if you if you’re ready for love. Ready for love? Write a sonnet to find out. IMHO. Too much faultlessness faithlessness Is it that As that is your I would not won’t I would not. There is no respite. Ashed
Idk Mouth-torn ripped from ripened from there is no respte. hood, that sadness that does not. O sadness do not stop. Ebbless binged unsurfaced. toungue-tied and marged Might could. Bothed too’d margèd Reader, we’re each toungue-spun langue-spun parole torn from the surface if that when you can’t get the delved-toTongue doubled. What delves bodies the lip of separation. Edge the seas and their marked one’d singled. Unstarted. Started. Startled. Language singles as we’re hearth-born. Two’d into being. Tounging delved. Tongued to beong the leading edge of the tear that is your mouth. Of your mouth. Mouthing tongued to being. The sound wave of you – that sounds trite I mean the literal soundwave of the word you and the air through which I now reverb. Month-borne. Mouth-borne. Long eee. Ones me into the world twos me. Manifolded. Doubles the entireity of existence. Doubled. Ever-starled. Ever Started as beginning. So started. The lip of a tear. Untold Pick a poetic form and I’ll tell you where you’ll get married.
Design a handbag and we’ll tell you what poet you are.
Pick your favorite sonnet an we’ll tell you if you’re ready to be loved.
Pick your favorite sonnet an we’ll tell you if you deserved to be loved.
Ready for love? Check out these sonnets to find out.
Tell me if you ike these poems and find out if you’ ready for love.
Pick your favorite poem and see if you’ll ever fall in love.
Will you fall in love? Pick your favorite poetic form to find o. Cuz mix cauz mélange. Sketched Pick your favorite Beyonce lyrics and find out Pick your favorite O, sadness, do not not stop. Hearth-borne something, anything Take this g
tell me design a house and I tell you I love you.
Trebled Reader, nothing’s faultless, and so, doubled. Faulted. As took and gift both stumble, trouble is as sodden as doubled, trebled. What’s Took and gifted. Took and given gifted
What’s both took and gifted. Doubled, trebled. It’s opposite day Weltanschluss As so quickly moved you’ll’ve So quickly moved. If only I’d’ve, I’ll’ve seen since and sense
Lineaments and you’ll’ve untoIf only. Senescent, old maybe? Sense-making and whatmore
It’ll’ve been. an on. A range of strategies. No shortage of hyperbole hyper-bowl.
Oneto won two and one to less so sketch what’s not.
Can anything trans be. Precipitous sudden shifts in style and register. Is there a transmission of such.. high and low, standard and less so. The violence of curbs.
Where to go from hyperbole. Pronounced hyper bowl. I think lips contour my death
I’ve died when I stop speaking. Am I, the language contour of my being gone.
I find not. The disappointment that I will not hear after death. Become a sod. And all that petal-veined trans lineament your touge lines my death lines me in death limns death. Tongue limns death. Where to go where to go. Whereda go whereda go tees an dees. Shift and recompense.
What Such sorrow. No such sorrow. No such. Whereda where to
. Wild linguistic vacillation. Sudden tonal shifts. Slang and gonna get worse before it gets better.
Anger,. Boredom unabated, barely mitigated. Might could.
Probably boredom unabated. Break brachial, as in eukayote and galaxcies blah blah blah
I don’t know what to say but I’ll say it: A possible motto. Like zoological but not so
where I scribbled days into mindless dreams
of the woman who married another man,
of rumors in the night and this stale, tiredness
gathered at my eyes. Mary gives me hope.
Imprinted on my computer
During my last trip-up
Liked their fur and their weird vertex assholes
I liked nature as a kid
This was of course in the 80’s
Anyways, every day you learn something new
If only this could not have been cuz
of spite if only for winnows. A threat
Spite for spurt’s sake — raucus…
Untouched leaves of spiteful flail.
Saxon-like, there’s hope yet.
Concessession concede. How’s that for concise.
I am, but nevermine. Mine, awry mine, mine dream-boat
another time, so can you not, Nah.
The world—a cocoon. The scattered dissonance of our bodies—
the larva turning to goo. Let us discard our mandibles
for better wings. Let us spread ourselves wide like the iris
of a raven. Let us charge into ourselves with animal courage—
dance now for yourself. Sing now for yourself. The world spins
like silk—bloom now for yourself.
Whatever this is has not been
Avowed drosser. What’s this’ what is this is not. This Blunder
Dross the drossiest a river dream thirl trill
underside of dross unceaseingly. Senselessly.
Dross the drossiest underside of dross.
Dross as what was this before and how befits this, your ass-face.
Aassface this has not been What wasn’t could not hold Has this been Could this not be Could—
Will, like whiteboy metaphorical fires, will.
Ruing the underside of this commitment.
Unpaced & sully it good.
I will dross by doing, dross whatever the drossed like what undivented
were’d it were’t as gesture false
‘cuz you are with me here
even the undeniable even blundering
grapes lees dregs
droozy blunderings drossy is gummy
as only fires will do kept close
wept metaphizzicle drossy
Oracular fires and eschatological tears.
But what an ontological blunder.
It’s a full stop.
Clarity and certainty inapt.
Certain of a turn.
Suplant Suffice supplicant mine eyes
This’ll go awry.
Can. You. What’s final & otherwise?
& is this the place to get what I’m looking for? (asking for a friend)
What’s inappropriate? Do I indign? So be it. / Do I intone? Take what’s set before us. // Falsity. Continuance.
Sundry’s finality tis sundry an’s sundry.
We take what set before us. So what’s now. In reverse. Refocus
Topsy-turvy. What now what’s all flat particulars.
Could you rehash does and re-does.
All-flattening nothing in particular.
A taking-stock, if you will.
A bright thing at the edge of our vision.
Myopic generalizable. Whether a held bright thing.
We’re uncertain and disputed.
I hope hope evens out.
However the examples cited are interpreted.
Uncertain and disputed.
I saved a worm today.
He didn’t try to get away. He writhed my finger on segments no less grim
His worm brain sensed medieval sin:
Dry skin upon his wet skin.
Both only dead and grey in the end.
Today is the day - I declare him to be my friend.
Bleary from sleep and warm water
and no glasses, I spot an uncertain comma
crawling on my shower’s corner—
not so unmaggotesque, burrowing
an arabesque of language into the wall.
I don’t know how he got in here—
as naked and damp and holy,
as the day he was conceived.
Listen to him and the other weak knees
of my offspring as they drown in ponds,
gurgle in the trickling streams that scar
the worn-gray map of my brain.
A wheeze, a boil, and pop of liquid—
thriving is only a brain undone,
Splattered upon the storm cellar’s door.
Once upon a time,
Yet far from ages ago
A man coughs.
He has the world stuck in his throat.
A woman spits
and the world spins freely.
The depressives all are in a line
all together finally up out of bed and in a line.
The depressives find lines quite useful
especially parallel ones.
Couplets are notable forms in poems,
because they form parallel lines which do not cross.
Sometimes I am reading a stupid poem,
usually a stupid poem written by me but not always,
and wish it would just give up the formality.
Formalities are for fruits.
I am under no particular obligation to look appetizing.
Don’t tell me what to do. I’ll turn the lamp on when I feel like it.
I’ll wake my internal colony of fish up when someone tells me
what this damn bead in my stomach has been all my life.
Maybe it’s a different type of hunger than lacking food.
Maybe all forms of hunger live in the chest.
Dry mouthed, we cross the shaggy tundra
swim the dark sea of city streets
the forest of stars
blue-black skied suburbs,
calling out for what is left for us.
Inspired by televised sensations
we dive into the syntax
rip open words of news
reading into what is given
waiting for promised returns.
Maybe we need to redirect our sexual
energies. Eat better. Sleep harder, alone.
Sexual energy needs to be converted to
Spiritual energy and that is the goal of life.
Right now my hands bleed from pounding
Of the neighbors who never seem to sleep
Just shout, and break things.
In the sun, for some reason
They look happy.
from black and white cultures
I swan into being
And this never would have happened
But for the loss of the Bundersnooper’s
Feather, having shielded the mundletwits.
Goals? Subterfuge and sublimations.
Goals...world peace, sex in graveyards, heros openly
Isolation cells and homo-erotic mutterings after needle fat with heroin.
Priests whispering while violating dogs in alleys stained with ink blots.
Swim trunks slip from skinny hips.
Eating love wrapped in good thoughts termed bad.
Who are you?
Goals....black angels laughing at preachers spilling themselves from arm chairs.
There is whiskey in the coffee and magic in the television screen spirals.
The want is intestines cut fresh and grilled on open flame under a black flag.
Goals and wayward meditations on red rocks with liberal sensibilities truncated and drowned and
Who are you?
Are you those who cry?
Those who have tears of heaven rip through their lids and fall like daggers on the world below