[her ladyship’s intimations of mortality]

Neither beloved British Anna nor the bald King of Siam ...were especially partial to verdant eggs served with ham and any day now,  I warrant.. perhaps any hour ? penultimate bloom... ultimate cement flower Will I swoop down from the estate for the final roadside kill pick 'em off like pigeons line em up and swivel …

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Ever the devil. . .

Ever the devil be leavin’ the covers Off allathem jam jars – an' stealin’ my lovers An' strewin’ my brown eggs and scarin’ my chickens An' waitin’ for midnights to fright me the dickens Ever the devil will drive me stark mad Singin’ of all the great larks to be had Down on the banks …

Tumbleweed

Here and there, it’s misnamed brush, the earth’s unstuck grey hair, the tangled tumbleweed; and when it slips the comb to roam the deserts it has robbed of rains, it makes a kind of hiss – and emphasizes emptiness – the comedy for me’s in thinking that without coyote's ear to hear perhaps there is …

Genius

Stand too straight and tall they’ll lop off your head speak the truth too loud they’ll shoot you down dead no, the real trick is rather to work behind the scene at most a court jester or in waiting to the queen not a front runner, no not some bigshot indeed or every man’s your …

Sweet Boy

Not even his mother would listen You could see she was sore afraid the wrong people might hear, she said and surely they’d be betrayed (fed to a lion, simply for tryin’) Could it be any worse, he said than the life we have here now? They own the land; they own the seed. What …