MASTERPIECE,  MARTYR

JUNE 2017

YOU ARE A MASTERPIECE
MARTYR
SWEET CREAM
SPOON FULL OF CRISCO LARD
OR BUTTER

AN APTLY PUT ROCKER
PULL APART REMNANTS
OF THE SMELL
OF MY HIGH SCHOOL LOCKER

I’M STUCK FEELING LIKE A STUBBORN CAP ON AN EXPO MARKER
LATE-STAGE OATMEAL
FED TO A PITIFUL VALET PARKER

CRADLING SKIN COLD, DRY AND
JUST A LITTLE BIT DARKER

YOU ARE A SELF TAUGHT POTTER
A BLUEBERRY BAGEL BOILED IN
LYE AND SALTED WATER

WASHING MY DISHES
CRUSTED WITH BREAKFAST OATS
AS I PONDER

WHAT IS THE WORTHINESS
OF A CRICKET IN
THE TENNIS MATCH OF
A SELF-ENSHRINED GONER


FORREST GUMP SPOTTER
WATCHFUL NOSE OVER A
PECAN PIE
A STOMACH KNOTTER

WELCOME TO THE PITTER
AND THE PATTER
CRAWLING OVER THE STONES IN MY STOMACH
THERE’S A MULTI-LEGGED CRITTER
GROWING QUITE A BIT FATTER

SIDELINE SPITTER
MAC AND CHEESE SPLITTER
APROPO OF YOUR FATHER’S OLD
PALM PILOT REMITTER

AKA YOUR MOTHER
SHE CARRIES A CINNAMON RAISIN HAMMER
THREE HOURS UP THE HILL
SHE SWINGS BACK
READY TO BATTER

COLD COFFEE LEFT TO SIT ON AN UNSCRATCHED
MARBLE COUNTER
THREE SECONDS LEFT BEFORE THE BOUNCER
DECIDES I WAS TOO SLOW
AND TOO FEARFUL OF A
MID-GAME SURPRISE ANNOUNCER

I AM A MASTERFUL SHOWER
CLEANING MYSELF OF THE GRITS,
THE GRIME
SOME MIDNIGHT BLUE CRAYON MARKINGS ON THE WALLS OF
A SILLY AND UNREASONABLE POWER


WARM  AGAIN

JULY 2017



NOT SURE IF IT’S BROKEN OR SWOLLEN
IN A SUNDRESS WITH A CHUCK E CHEESE TOKEN
SITTING BETWEEN TWO POKESTOPS IN THE FRIGID MORNING
BRING ME THE SWEET RELEASE OF A SUN BEAM
SPOKEN
LIKE THE VOICE OF A GRACIOUS OBLIVION
LIKE THE UPPER HAND OF A SWEET GIRL NEXT DOOR
WHO TAKES A BITE OF AN ONION
LIKE AN APPLE AND LAUGHS AT PUNS AND


REMEMBER THE COMFORT OF A ROADTRIP TO MOHEGAN
CRINKLING FAT ON THE BURNT EDGE OF SOME BABY BACK BACON
GODFORSAKEN
AT A COMMUNITY POOL MANNED BY A TEENAGE GIRL, GUM SMACKING
WHO SITS AT THE THRONE AND FEEDS US FORBIDDEN FRUIT
WITH FRUIT FLIES ATTACKING?


MY EYES ARE DRY AND MY THROAT IS CRACKING
THIS MORNING IS A PUDDLE OF DROOL
WATCHING OLD YOUTUBE VIDEOS OF CUP STACKING
SLOW AND STEADY LIKE POLYURETHANE DRYING
FRIES AND A CHEESEBURGER FROM A LOCAL CAFE THAT THIS MAN IS EYEING
STOMACH GROWLING WAITING ON ME FOR SOME BASIC HUMAN DECENCY
DENYING


IN MY DREAMS MY GRANDFATHER’S FINGER WAS NEVER CUT OFF
BY THE CAR ENGINE
POST ANALOG STING
FROM THE OTHER ROOM I CAN HEAR MY FATHER’S HOME VIDEOS SHRIEK AND SING
PILLBOX RING
UNSPOKEN FLING
THE WORLD BUILT A SHELF TO HOLD ALL ITS THOUGHTS ON
CARBON TAX AND LOAN ACCRUING
IN A CONSTANT STATE OF PRIMORDIAL STEWING




HOW  TRASH  IS  MADE

FEBRUARY 2018



SIZZLE OF BUTTER DRIP ON OPEN CRACK
                    DROP
        RACK

THEN SMACK
CHEW WITH OPEN MOUTH


        LAP WATER, SPIT WIRE
GRIT FROM A DIRTY LIAR
OPEN RANGE FIRE
    OPEN DOORS, SIRE
CRUNCH GRAVEL
            WRECK APPLE AIR ON CLOUD NINE PARTICLE
                                            MISLED ARTICLE

                                                  SMELLS SWEET LIKE YOUNG SKIN
                                             SMELLS SWEET LIKE "I BELIEVE HIM"

ACCIDENTAL CUT, TOUCH ARM HAIR
YOUR ARM ON MY HAIR


YOU PRICK                       YOU SWEAT
CAN'T SEE FROM THE FINGER PRICK
CAN'T BREATHE FROM THE COLD SWEAT
                                                ON MY NECK

WRECKED
ROSE PETAL PECK
DRIVING OVER CLUNK, WRACK
SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF A FATEFUL DASH
                                     A FULL BODY RASH
                                                 A FULL KIDNEY CRASH