Untitled ekphrastic (a poem)

Written after seeing a painting of baby shoes on a pink background. Unfortunately, I know neither the title nor the name of the artist… The Scream mask happy face its fur directions every which way like eyebrow hair at pointy angles or a disturbance in the force Twins, for the sake of clarification two happy [...]

Happy places (a poem)

Not much happening yesterday—and I am not a fan of the phrase ‘happy place’… Twisty roads around the city’s edges some distance from my ‘happy place’ a mythical land beyond my jurisdiction No map no direction only the internal compass without a needle without markers without a true north Straight paths through the center obstructions and [...]

About the unwritten letter (a poem)

I almost didn’t get to writing anything yesterday… No matter how many pages                   how many corrections                   how many erasures                   how many apologies                   how many regrets Over and out 20,000 traps one chance, maybe two in a lifetime— and my scorecard missing… (19 May 2016—posted May 20th)

Baxter Vaughan’s clock (a poem)

This name just popped into my head last night, so I wrote it down… No break for Baxter Vaughan there with the cheese grater and a pen all second thoughts and underlines a clock with not enough minutes on the kitchen wall Coffee cup rings on Baxter Vaughan’s notebook a spill out to the edge [...]

My Monday (a verbless haiku chain)

Oh, Monday! A morning chance encounter tentative next steps the inevitable wait And my favor deficit bigger and bigger a stretch with no signs of hope Attempted birthday message ‘username not found’ scratch that name from my contacts An improvised episode the jokes kind of flat in both east- and west-coast feeds The clock now [...]

A partial list of bad things (a poem)

My verbless poem challenge feels extra challenging today, so this one is a list poem. … Air quotes Cigarette smoke The devil below Republican leaders Bottom feeders Walmart greeters Weak links Clogged sinks Dry erase ink Oil spills Fever with chills Unpaid bills Macaroni collage A Monica Geller massage Self-sabotage The dating game Spirals of [...]

Evening (a poem)

A surprisingly grey day. Instead of going to the usual second-Saturday readings, I stayed home and made soup… Rainfall and candlelight across the room shadows on the wall The old man, alone with no one else but the creature in momentary hibernation A bowl of soup and a cup of coffee for warmth this night [...]

The illusion is always the same (a poem)

Written after encountering yet another selection (‘Forest Park’, ‘Willamette Valley’, and ‘Lake Billy Chinook’) of Travel Oregon commercials on Hulu. Guys, seriously: Don’t make me wait. Don’t make me choose. Just show the damn spot already… One of three always the same choice only in a different order No interest but no real choice always [...]

Evidence (a poem)

Not waiting so long today… A pointer to truth enforcement of possibility hope for another chance at life The missing piece a chain from one pole to the other Fences or no fences— all my choice? Actions or reactions? Ignorance of the law Ignorance of rules Ignorance of ‘supposed-to-be’ Ignorance of limitations restrictions, barriers The [...]