Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Dance

Hello Rain,

My shaking knees

will join your many footed song.

For all around I hear the echoes,

see morning’s gleam across the window—
a screen set in front of me.

With blips and bleeps and splashed up soot,

the ebb and flow of cloud and sky

reminds me of a feeling felt, an unblocked glowing surge of self.

But steeped behind the splattered glass,

where thoughts are dread and fear is met,

there on the ground where I once sat,

no thoughts can come.

No thought will come

but the slow, antagonizing call

of the wish-washed thought that begat it all.

For there is no proof, none to be found,

in sky, in sea, beneath the ground.

That gathering storms and burdened clouds

will change by their proximity.

Oh join me, join me, join me now

where wetted thoughts make whispers free,

and Let Rain’s fountain gather round

your hoard of unwashed misery.

Even now,

Cloud comes round,

with whitish face and still grey thoughts.

He heaves his sighs against the ground,

His foot can waltz a soul around.

And slowly, you will hear the call

of rain and man and shaking knees.

And find the world’s been left behind

the dance that happens in the trees.

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A Poem is coming, A Poem is Coming!

Oh my goodness, a new poem is coming! I finally have had almost enough time to settle and therefore almost enough time to write again and therefore a new poem will be here in a few days.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A note about absence

I have withheld from writing for quite some time now. It is awful, I know. I've been trying to arrange my life and figure out what things to keep and what to throw away.

Anyhow, after much consideration, I am going to continue to write. So expect soon, to actually have more posts up here. I don't like boring you all.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009


is a precious but abundant commodity.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Ghosts in the Graveyard

This is a song/poem I have been thinking about, but haven't started to write. Here are my words as they streamed from out somewhere between my mind and my throat.

There are Ghosts in the Graveyard and they're rattling bones,
casting their curses out across the unknown.
An old man in a white shirt walks up to you
hands you his phone and says
“Do you know which way you are headed?”

Meanwhile the meaningful progressives are all gathering in shacks
talking about how the white man needs to learn to relax.
And gathering together a great collection of facts
as their elbows turn to dust amongst the cobwebs.

Bob Dylan’s whispering love songs in the presidential ear
In the revolutionary ballroom, Elton John calls someone queer.
The audience all turns away and trembles in fear
thinking that poor man he is so delightful.

The wise children cling to their newspaper scripts,
translate the verses onto their lips.
Develop the notion that they are now equipped
and well rounded and concerned and free thinking.

a free man runs to some master and says, come enslave me
the master turns his head and says you are no property.
So the free man throws on shackles and beats himself to sleep.
Says to live as I want is my desire.

And the papers roll on and the time wheel turns
the sun passes through the sky
the whole city burns
to rise again tomorrow
to see if it will learn
or will it circle circle circle on forever.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Morning Prayer

For the green leaves that greet me,
for my lungs and the air that they embrace,
for the man whose rake combs the earth's shaggy head,
for the ocean's unending crash,

but most for the mornings that I wake early enough
to see each new day truly new,
I thank You.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

He Dreams of Brake Drums and Gears

The sky sits
watching as stars tick
threaded lines through fabric.

Somewhere in Botswana,
an old man is sleeping simply,
dreaming of brake drums and gears.

His knees scratch the bedpost
hard as cement,
fingers ache
from the turning and proding
of engines and rods.

He floats within himself.
Drifting through diesel,
he dreams of standing
before a car,
"What sound is it making when it stops?"

There, in his dream,
he is finding and mending
the beautiful machine
His fingers twitch without pain.
He smiles in the warmth of his labor.

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