An Oath & A Toast

OATH I don’t want my poems in some poetry ghetto. I want them scattered like jonquils here and there along the highways or in municipal parks. I want them free as curry recipes at market checkouts. I don’t care where they wind up! They are not written with academics in mind. They’re written for...the homeless …

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Retort to W.B. Yeats

THE NOODLE who would tally love in fractions will find in me slight negative reactions - I'll bet he's yet another standing pisser [with stubble sproutin' daily on his kisser] a heart is not some citrus grown in sections it's at a race course one backs up selections parlays bets and hedges all around [love …

A scent of heather

My heart’s in the highlands. . . but my boots are at the shoemakers my loden coat's at the cleaners I need warmer underwear my crewneck has sprung holes - at both elbows - my cords are worn at the knees and I can’t find my passport I’d fly low naked - if I could …

North Northwest

falling       in the autumn leaves a sterling moon will rise          upon a chilly breeze     to pinpoint stars of frost      where papparazzi burrs lurk in the trees      to ambush woolen scarves  and sweater sleeves...         while chestnut's husk turns baby …

[a hand upon a flower]

a hand upon a flower a cheek upon a hand opened palm to cup a blush or fever his hand to brush a wisp of her ever-wayward hair no sound is near as they sit pensive on the stair waiting to grow up . .

One by one

one by one they tumble down the one-armed nonpareils - reaching heavenward to no avail - looking like webbed feet, fans or tiny bells - but none has a parachute to alter fate or slow his fall. Late or soon we all must know some similar spiral descent to dust. Will we cry out, arms …

A Sense of Play

My boots scrunch homeward in      the haze of December's blue light.      The smell of cocoa beckons from somewhere      through the poplars - shivering honor guard      bending inwards high above the lane.      On either side of us, summer's green fields      sleep safely, defended against …