Friday, August 24, 2012

Two static shocks are
positively uncalled-for,
after sitting here

Thursday, August 23, 2012

"Brother Louie" piped
in for a crew of painters
at lunch is a sight

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sister seen off and
then back to bed - strange dreams came
in the wan sunlight

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

cuteoverload.
com is a guaranteed gold
mine for gchat laughs

Monday, August 20, 2012

Coffee grounds through grout
sieves hide like black gold grains tucked
under a river

Friday, August 17, 2012

It seems I set it
where mice fear to tread, with the
trap three days yawning

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A beetle was fried
by my rear windshield but that
won't stop me - no way.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Did Demeter take
the dimes the meter denied?
They didn't come back.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

If Hamilton had
had NERF he would have lived to
tell us his story

Monday, August 13, 2012

A moon, a month and
many miles separate this
from that, but naught else

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Is that a tear on
Goya's Saturn? or might it
be something deeper?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A toasted bagel's
char lines are a catcher's mask
and I'm a changeup

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

In a mirror I
am inescapable and
my eyes are selfish

Monday, July 9, 2012

No escape and no
control, no return option,
command me please, please

Friday, July 6, 2012

Emphatically the
wrapper expanded to its
original shape

Thursday, July 5, 2012

I think Hemingway
knew everything but he did
not want to share much

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

"What's the acreage
in Anchorage?" is an old
joke no one should tell

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

If it weren't for what
you said yesterday I don't
think I would have laughed

Monday, July 2, 2012

Trade winds are blowing
names and numbers from desk to
desk so who lands here?

Friday, June 29, 2012

Attention is hard
to come by these days, harder
if you have to write

Thursday, June 28, 2012

I didn't say that
I wanted to be by you
but I think you knew

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

There must be something
Out there I don't know about
That keeps them away.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Did I do this yet
today? Indeed I did not
do this - until now.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Well I was tryin
to do that but it won't let
me do that- so what?

Friday, June 22, 2012

I like to enjamb
but do not do it here, dare
not, for fear of death

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The processes by
which cardboard is confected
confound me deeply

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

At the DMV
they never ask for one more
smile for the picture

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

If I had to buff
an Airstream every day
I would be gruff too

Monday, June 18, 2012

White ink against the
wine was what was called for in
the glass manual

Friday, June 15, 2012

Seventeen of these
little feet to fill with words
is nice -- after that.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

All one-way streets are
good for are occasional
lefts on red, and rage

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

It's always strange to
go someplace new where they know
your name and you don't

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I've been conditioned
to accept nothing less than
air conditioning

Monday, June 11, 2012

A dead bat lay in
the hall after seven flights
of fancy-pants steps

Friday, June 8, 2012

At this rate nothing
for me but St. Vincent and
Stravinsky, thank you.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ants decamp and swirl
in a flat fountain from the
crack in the sidewalk

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

My lung's a donkey
who sleeps in the road, and wakes
not even for you

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The way my father's
jacket hangs is like a lamp
I cannot clap off

Monday, June 4, 2012

It looks like there is
someone there but I know there
is no one at all

Friday, June 1, 2012

Karl Pilkington you
will say anything and I
will be listening

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A pencil has wood
surrounding the lead but a
crayon is all man

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

There is a stapler
at each end of my desk and
only one looks calm

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pastoral High School Love Poem

Oh were you mine and were I yours,
A strong love, an eagle soars,
For all to see – the lion roars,

Oh would this happen, oh would this be,
Me your cream and you my tea,
You my lock and I your key,

This simple rhyme, this little tune,
Describes my love for you, for you.

Together we’d live in a forest glade,
Me your servant, oh you sweet maid,
With love and labor you shall be paid,

Milk and cream you would collect,
Whilst I your soldier will you protect,
From those lacking due respect,

This simple rhyme, this little tune,
Describes my love for you, for you.

You radiant maiden, all clad in white,
And I your knight, will for you fight,
All things that go bump in the night

“With what?” you say,
“A broadsword?” Nay!
With love and honor, pray,

That which makes my love so great,
Will ever give me strength and weight,
To live by you, my constant date,

This rhyme shall slay all things that say,
“Death to all and those who may,
Live for love and long to say:

‘This simple rhyme, this little tune,
Describes my love for you, for you.’”

But, alas, my love, you think me a dunce,
And would we be together once,
I know you’d see, I know you must,

Upon this poem, when it you hear,
You shall think, “Oh he’s so dear,
But it’s me he loves, and that I fear,

For so far separated now are we,
That if a couple we were to be,
The weight would be too great for me,”

But hark, my love, I assure it a’right,
For I, again, am a simple knight,
A commoner who can handle slight,

So there it is, my lonely curse,
But still I have this lyrical verse,
And with it, you, my love, my happy nurse,

For in this rhyme, with its little tune,
I have my lover, and it’s you, it’s you.

Now they're putting sea
salt on chocolate turtles
and you must see why

Monday, May 28, 2012

According to my
landlady a holiday
is not a day off

Friday, May 25, 2012

The baker did not
know what she was kneading but
I knew what I saw

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Do not think that I
have gone gently and forgot --
just late, but present

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Give generously
to good will because you don't
know when you'll need it

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I dropped my dosage
of vitamin D and the
tasteless orb was bright

Monday, May 21, 2012

Justification
in lieu of listening is
never a good thing

Friday, May 18, 2012

I am no childe but
you can call me Roland now,
now that I am through

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Not only do I
not know what he said to you
I do not want to

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Does Pikachu read
haiku? I bet Raichu does --
he is more evolved.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The wall of the hearth
is slowly filling in where
the brick was removed

Monday, May 14, 2012

Is there a better
feeling than putting on socks
fresh from the dryer?

Saturday, May 12, 2012


Adjective is a noun, and now for my next trick:
Nothing.

I’ll need a volunteer for nothing. You in the
            Blue,

What’s your name? Eunice? Come on up, Eunice.
            Gertie,

My lovely assistant will – now mind the wine
            Curtains

So graciously decorated by the stagehands of the
            101st

Local. Yes. Now, Eunice have you ever been sawn in
            Twain

Before? It’s nothing like anything you’ve ever done
            Before.

I’m sure you’re sure. Gertie will get you fitted for the
            Clasps

And manacles. Thank you, Gertie, and let’s have a hand for
            Eunice.

You will now see a woman sawn in twain. It is like
            Nothing

Else. Here she is. I pass the hoop over her and she is
            Levitating

In space. Gertie, give me my saw. See how it bends when I
            Stretch

It. Ladies and Gentlemen, I ask your silence now while I present
            Nothing.

No flash photography please, as Gertie is an
            Epileptic.

Do you feel that, Eunice? Her toes can tickle. She responds to a
            Feather.

Boys, remember that one. She sneezes at bright light. She breathes, she
            Laughs.

All in a day’s nothing. Thank you. You are too kind. Thank you for
            Buying

Tokens. You can redeem the tokens in the lobby for the
            Lottery,

For which the prize is 1/3 off your next ticket. You have been a wonderful
            Audience.

Friday, May 11, 2012

I just want to say
that Benedict Cumberbatch
is the greatest name

Thursday, May 10, 2012

If it weren't for the
door that does not lock, my keys
would be entombed now

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The dichotomy
paradox is quite good for
starting discussion

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

There should be a word
for what it feels like to live
when someone has died

Monday, May 7, 2012

Got home by 8, watched
Mad Men and Girls before 10
then caught up on sleep

Friday, May 4, 2012

The bus driver had
A sense of humor, hear me
Laughing in the wheels

Thursday, May 3, 2012


I dropped a tire iron on my toe and the blister,
After some bluster, burst the nail
And when I lifted the hood I saw my father.
This was going to run me about a grand

Which I had no interest in paying, since
The day was already getting on and I was hungry,
So down went the hood and the bid got tacked to the fridge
Next to magnetic calendars and plastic clips biting stained recipes.

You would have done the same if you saw your father under your toenail.
It was the big toe, the daddy of them all, and he was there but there was no gout
And the blood from the burst blister spilled into the grout and I took a bid
From the tileman too but he was just the same as you or me,

With his father looking up through blood and covered with a sock
Sometimes, and only for a few minutes after you wash him he is satisfied,
Which is all I need to say to explain why I didn’t take his business
Especially when you know that the tileman is my father.
Ode to Washington
in old paper, on the back:
"Negro Wench For Sale"

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

QWERTY


Where does u end and I begin?
Africa
Why do you and I bargain?
Niobe
Zeno knew the limits of borders
Gobi
It’s a matter of point-of-view
Apostrophe
15-Love but love means I have nothing
Set
In the tennis scheme there’s naught from love to fifteen
Praxis
But how did I get here if I can’t prove that I came?
Axes
Math is for the cold-blooded
Clot
And you are a verifiable iguana
Knot
I reach through a waterfall from my cave
And
The water
Slaps my hand down
And
There is no way to go where I want to get
And
You
Used to know
(you still know)


Me

Decline if seconds
are offered at the table
of sleep - be awake

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Making jerky in the
oven, curing strips with salt
is a good smile-smell

Monday, April 30, 2012

A concretion amongst
ludicrous stratigraphy
is hard to come by

Friday, April 27, 2012

I would be Mr.
Irrelevant in any
draft. Last pick, first cut.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I worry about
some sanguine conspiracy
results come Monday

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

He bought the buffet
on condition he could add
plumbing and a sink

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The snow is lifting
the sun is coming around
and spring is awake

Monday, April 23, 2012

When April sows snow
I think of Eliot - duh
this flurry is true

Friday, April 20, 2012

My basil plant's a
loner. But with some water
he is not so dour.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The nurse who gave me
my Heparin shots really
got under my skin

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Glazier's push points from
1977
keep the pane in check

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A splash of sparks on
the bare interstate during dusk
is Morse or less code

Monday, April 16, 2012

Gingko biloba
is a nominal mouthful
peppermint is not

Friday, April 13, 2012

History is here
until it seems like it’s not
that’s why we have words

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Whenever I walk
to the edge of a platform
I try to find north

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I saw you enter
my number with your fingers
but I read your face

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

When I wake up
and there is cool air coming
nothing else matters

Friday, April 6, 2012

Plastic grocery
bags can be full of air but
they can still bear fruit

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What I wanted to
say does not matter now that
I am sitting here

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

If you were sitting
where I am sitting right now
you wouldn’t see me

Monday, April 2, 2012

I’ve cut my toenails
more times than I’ve done most things
this sometimes scares me

Thursday, March 29, 2012

When a flag flows for
wind and when a flag lays low
it is the same size

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Oxygen can be
poisonous in its pure form
but breath anyway

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Creativity / is another word for the / light behind a smile