Category Archives: Poetry

I love the way the night comes on slowly

09 Feb, 2018

The deer are already adjusted to it … they have the forest in their bodies … we were coming home from a long walk at dusk … me and the dog … i let her loose, she was eager to be off the leash … in only a moment, she was away, galloping … i knew after the deer, browsing in the yard … oh…Read More

WOUNDED HEALER

07 Dec, 2017

Look at the world
and all the ways
you are not
invited.

All the closed doors
are churches, and inside,
the pain-song
of every hungry mouth.

As you turn from that
coldness into the
non-mirrored and ugly
portion of your own decay

You start to make things
from what people thin…Read More

AMATEUR PROBLEMS

03 Dec, 2017

AMATEUR PROBLEMS

His only problems
are the three devils in his coffee:
critic, craver and crowd-pleaser
trained like vipers on his craft.

If they can’t get him to eat a cookie
he’ll eat his own work
he’ll not work at all even
or offer up swill as fine ale to the bar crowd.

Any…Read More

FORM

02 Dec, 2017

We are in the dark
about how this works

Or even what this is
or what works even is

Yet with each rotation
the vessel comes into view

I can feel you and me
are making a bigger thing

Even though half of me
and half of you

Is behind the skin
feeling too clumsy for aim

The …Read More

TRUST

01 Dec, 2017

TRUST

I trust you
To follow your love
Ply right from wrong
To listen

I trust you
To feel hurt
When something
Cuts below the tightness

I trust you
To bring your longing
To the cup at the edge
Of the world

After all you’ve seen
Who wouldn’t
Trust you
With pain?

Even so…Read More

NOT TO RE-LITIGATE 2017, BUT TO BE CLEAR GOING FORWARD

29 Nov, 2017

NOT TO RE-LITIGATE 2017, BUT TO BE CLEAR GOING FORWARD

To those of you
Republican and Democrat
Libertarian and Green

Who tell yourselves
It’s OK because with Hillary
We’d already be at war

She is a lot of things
Disingenuous, ambitious
And yes, a woman

But if the bombs fall
On…Read More

IF YOU WOULD BE SEED

28 Nov, 2017

IF YOU WOULD BE SEED

do not rush your fruit
you were not planted
for markets or profits
and not for parades

when your time does come
and it will
let your outer part soften,
rot and leather around you

eventually the stem will give
like a child
running off to play
with the others…Read More

ADVICE FOR THE NEW

26 Nov, 2017

Be now a student
of light
and learn from crafty masters:

How to pull on the thread of being
and so
glitter
as a story
everyone knows

How to let your relaxation
become a hidden engine
that invites magic to roost
nearby

How to regard your shelves
of old misidentifications
as a …Read More

The world really is waiting for what you alone know

22 Nov, 2017

The world really is waiting for what you alone know
and all the ways that you know it.

Trying to think will only make the Gods lose interest.

You always try to impress people
when what’s real has way more nutrition
than whatever you can invent.

Your only true virtue lies hidden
like a…Read More

ADVICE FOR THE WICKED

15 Nov, 2017

Give up delicacy
Eat hardship
This is what will make you strong

Decide to face what is dark, wet and strange in your life
Deal with what you find on its terms
All things have a truth you should know

Take comfort in decay
Take shelter in story
Reside in the harsh stockade of public ac…Read More