My wife and I are strolling through the world, making note of what needs to be fixed. We don’t agree on everything, but we do believe in the necessity of imperfection, without which there’s not much point in hanging around. What would she do without me?
I drop my drawers
Candyfloss went up the blocks to score some gems and came across Deno and the lads in the alio under Rachel Divers’ flat. She was pissed on her couch with some blueys in her and thinkin’ of shooting up, or maybe chase the dragon.
Someone said to one of Denos’ lads that Candyfloss knew who nicked the powertools outta the Gormans shed. Who the fuck would do that, rob from the fucking Gormans?
Anyway, Candyfloss was all strung out and flashin’ cash at Deno gummin’ to score, but Deno wasn’t havin’ it. He was mad to get in with the Gormans and started diggin’ at The Floss to name the fuckers, but Candyfloss, all uptight, started dissin’ Deno back.
Divers could hear the commotion below. She heard it when Deno smacked Candyfloss’s pink head off the wall. The vibrations went up the concrete and she could feel it through her floor. It was quite a bang, so she thought: whoever that poor fucker is, he’s fuckin’ dead now. She was rattlin’ with shock and went for another bluey to take the edge off it. When she saw her works in the drawer, she went for that instead.
death by overdose –
lying all night in darkness
her crying children
In days of yore, a king and queen
grew sick at heart and longed for more
than wealth can bring. “A girl or boy,”
they both prayed quietly—then rushing
past their joy, inside a witch’s hut,
let tarot cards decide their luck.
Skies grew dark then lightning struck
that aged oak beside the witch’s hut—
for fate falls hard on those who pluck
Pan came without spring, his song a taunt—
Danced with dry leaves, on hoof, with lute—
That hateful tune of rose’s briar—
That dreadful tale in cloven strides—
Bushy limbs nimble to the lyre and gyre.
And the owl’s eyes grew wide with seeing,
weary with seeing, till the spell took root,
and forests conquered kingdom and castle,
and the old wings flapped off to the moon.
crumbing castle . . .
in a closet, in a shoebox,
The white space. The white leap. The link of fingerpoint to silence.
into the dark
a sudden touch
A white wing. A white sweep. Lift of egret after egret into the mist of far horizons.
out of the dark
the way that birdsong
springs to morning
Oh he is cute enough he is, the way he stands over me like that. He knows the thing is shiny so I can’t see him. You know, that thing in the sky?
There’s stuff missing out of here, right here, all the time, and I’ve told them about it, you know, them out there, the ones in charge. They know.
He’s no business comin’ in here. The cheek of him, twice my age, he should know better a man like that, he doesn’t need it, just takes things. Where’s me newspaper? Jaysus! I was reading that.
And he’s forever using my toilet. Where’s his? Where’s his bloody toilet? I told him to go and piss in his own pot, the fucker.
that white-haired man,
– staring back at me
Among the poppies we wandered far
till twilight hazed us all in dreams.
We reached the brambles at morning’s gleam
and stopped at forest’s edge to try the fruit—
The taste of sorrow, the tear of thorns—
And now that silver time has cast me all in tears
I long to know, who was that golden soul
I sojourned with? Why came we here?
And did we set it all to right? If not, am I to blame,
or was it fate, man’s wretched plight?
forged from fog . . .
her body a ripple adrift with feathers as fingertip to fingertip they interlace now pull apart encircle until he spins away as she abandoned swirls herself in mists becomes eclipse of clay that spins upon a wheel of time
rimmed with snow
The soldier is the same age as my son. His camouflage from some other conflict. He says they were indoors the day before at the Capitol. They hadn’t dressed for tents at the fairgrounds in January. It was kind of cold. He says after he got it he felt like Superman. He has to ask me to unclench my fist three times.
I don’t feel the needle
I’m out of toilet paper for three days.
Outside of my window, there is an eerie silence. Only the boy with this self-made tin foil hat bravely goes his way.
I open my last packet of paper tissues.
Thank goodness! There is still soap and water …
Covid Winter —
once again no one has set
the alarm clock