Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Not a Nightmare

In dreams of shame and tension
not exactly nightmares,
real
without time
or distance,
I hear her say,
what's
happening to me?
I don't
go near her again.
Nor does she want me.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

New EBook

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Poetry about a life in flux.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Winnipeg


The snowshovel
waves like a feather
and the cold white powder
gathers and tosses
puffing through the air.
The neighborman
dances, holding the
snowshovel's hand.
And when he
nears the end of the song,
a friendly door behind him
opens and a woman's face appears.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Avoidance Prayer



Every day
I wake up grateful
that something is not true.
It could be that the
black cat is not
glowering at me
from the top of the stairs
and I won't have to pass him,
so small but fierce.
It could be
someone's face
I don't see in the hall.
It could be that
today I'm not a slave.

Friday, February 02, 2018

My Memory of a Song by Elvis


.
.
I dreamed the singer's words:
"I can't help
falling in love
with you." It took time
said she,
with all
due consideration.
.
I found you,
winner of my heart.
It took time, said the singer,
to decide the contest.
I am a careful
incorruptible judge.
.
I awoke:
What a thrill
what honor!
Will contests of love
ever again
take place for me? Will
the victory of love ever again
take place for me.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Three Suns in the Sky


The world is
white in the desert
Three suns are in the sky
.
linked by steel ribbons.
The things
I long to see,
.
my eyes slowly learn
to predict.
But there are mirages
.
of busses
which change
into trucks.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Takeaway


.
.
It's not that the universe is kind,
but there are fuses
in the universe that protect it.
.
The universe
rejects the incompatible.
Anything logically impossible will be erased.
.
Rest easy students
God has pledged
to discontinue miracles.