Monday, March 30, 2009

Words Sonnet

Today, distracted by two kiting birds,
I thought of you, I thought of you in words.
I thought of spending afternoons with you,
undressed, sunk into pleasure. At the coo
of "pleasure" in my secret inner ear
(my back convecting, sure that you were here),
my mouth came open at my body's arc,
an evening primrose, flushing, sensing dark,
and all at once my exhaled breath became
that incantation of my days: your name.
That incantation follows me to sleep:
tonight, distracted by my fingers' sweep
among my body's secret slubs and burls,
I thought of you, I thought of you in worlds.


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Where in the World

Are you now? So many ships between us
sinking, floating, wailing, sails furling to find
some precarious breeze, hull shuddering
in search of a forgotten beach where her hair
once blew in like a squall, whipping against
his cheeks and her eyes, her eyes so full of blue
were not lost but lost in his until the depths
became fathoms locked treasure to treasure
sinking, cast over desperately, clinging nets
full to the brim with last nights catch she sang
sang the song of the sea into him through the spiral
of her shell so pink so hollow, home to all his lost
all his sadness all his froth and fury into the sands
they knelt becoming into beds into nothing
but collective moans of anchors released–

Monday, March 23, 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009



What I really meant was
yes or no just before I said
yeah maybe

What I really thought was
I should take some steak out of
the freezer

What I really felt was
why don't you just throw me on
the floor?

What I really wished was
that some star would grant some kid
a wish

What I really said was
Just say you really loved me
once anyway

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Pipe Dreams

It's inevitable -
all men leave sometime
to fight some kind of war

And, So

She wandered a desert for seven
days with only dervish of sun devils
to tempt her tender skin
to darker hues.

Whorling sands could not quell
her restless pace through dusty weeds.
Red toenails had never suited
her pale footsteps.

They say a desert sets cold;
winter broken into tragic heart-scapes
the fierce sun blinked bloodshot
closed over and was gone.

Friday, March 13, 2009

O how I have missed -
tender nib scrawl across
this page's white belly

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Swallowing Swords

My lover does not swallow swords
he swallows the everyday
blunt spoons, forks, knives
that accompany a mundane breakfast
or a not-so-spontaneous lunch
but yet he swallows it all including

everything he doesn't want
Our mothers always said
Clean your plates

And so we do. Knowing
that every bite
takes us closer
to becoming unreal.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


up against a wall
a green gecko darts away -
she thinks of his kiss

Monday, March 2, 2009


when the fridge door opens
at midnight
there will still be a light inside

Sunday, March 1, 2009