January 1, 2014

given the situation, instructions follow

corrupt, and pruning wonder with disfiguring hands, this pinching.
paroxysms strangling tender cervixes, the
secluded byways of hope, however slim, and

here fertile things possess no promise.
this is a graceless, wide bed of rage.
and with smeared, lipstick-oiled eyes,

know: these kisses are bald blinking.
sheathes open closing, quickly over brown rounds of self pity,
sheathes open closing.  open closing over turned ground, at the turned cosmos

of a robin mid-flight.  this one, the one with clipped wings clipped speech. 
clipped years of gash gardens that, unflossed to your fang and dull-knifed, 
impractical hook, he would not visit.

so:  rest.  in nightshine and upon that spot bleached pillow,
seal the doors seal the windows, and against unchanging ahead,  and
despite fixed behind, fall asleep to invented canticles.  dream.

cold anniversaries

early december
and on and on,  wondering
is it still?

oh yes.  frosty lace, cloudy lingerie
melt and puddle.  bright light, whiteness
drifts, and eyes open beneath,
under the slick shine of the black 
grand piano, the strange

new carpet just as beige as the old
but not as soft
on my knees, my shins.

later my back bleeds.
spine scraping the plastic cream and eyes open,
above are tribal masks from pier one cultures
because it doesn't matter where, or what,
they ornament: like the instrument, the man

masks of seduction, grimace.  but
smile: at the artificial flowers you planted
upon that open grave of last years, decades

early december and on and on
and this is a cold anniversary,
this is an oh yes.

November 2, 2013

the woman in black

the word bag is mean and
when i am skin and bones
there are times of that
hanging from the ceiling of your mind,

enemy, foreign, i offering coffee as
insult to your sonhood, not taking
traffic circles seriously enough.  these
times i fly side to side anchored to

knowing i am despised and strangers
say hello and call me dear and it's
because they don't know my eyes
without black rings, my mouth colorless

those fists of thought, of words, fists, jabs
from eyes and frustrated sighs and
fake smiles as walking down the sidewalk,
we don't get each other's jokes.

October 31, 2013

a phrase between us  
i bite your beard
you holler and wounded, i look into your eyes and
bite again.  acceso.  this time.  you scream don't   and
i look into your eyes again and wounded    barbarous i
again, bird's eye baby             no blood shows it moves

measured, as i do, pushing, incinerate in common time,
this canon      bite scream bite scream pause.

pause.    (this is the romantic round)
holler more.  work the straps if you want, tongue a riff 
sing your voice across the vertebrae, our octaves, the top
c.   sure, i'll  play it      bite    float you
above, ground hard, coda.    

we are movement in this somewhere