Monday, March 31, 2014

Rain On Top Of Rain

It is not the vehicle
but the tires
back was faster
down the old plantation
back then food was the object
now very much so
It is second on the island
after the volcano

Sunday, March 30, 2014


Between the two
I would pick the one then
change my mind about it
tell myself I am swimming
instead of thinking 
arms and legs kicking out
past both trees alongside
the one kids jump from
a big splash and flip
just right before.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Yes My Friend

The style never made money
could not live off it
had to leave
left on the twelfth of February
hotel Chrysler was hiring
stayed in the basement
down low
me tell you
what I know

make sure
this is fire
is water.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Missing Element

Found eventually
called and called got tired
came back for supper for routine
wasn't missing just roaming
flying migrating searching
America's byways scenic points
saying business trip 
needing to think
nothing had been
lost in the first place.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Kendama Sold Here

The plain waits for a plane
that will never deplane
life is plain in Spain the play
present moment of present
moment do my words my wishes
turn into short dreams or is this only
when I am in Spain so flat the cave
a lie so real I need you to sleep.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mrs. Feldenkrais

Checklist of the possible
unfolding disappearance
signal Siamese dropped
the burning mountain
traffic island an issue
one year later go figure
they like to be up above
trees are good otherwise
nobody is allowed to pass
cages picture frame history
a small crown oval and square
he said he is Jung and I am Freud
of course I had to be the unpopular
one but continued swimming
towards the trees one more time.

Monday, March 24, 2014


What makes your poems strong
enough that people are held
answer: the wood is eucalyptus
soft and easy to bend
holds its shape in check
for balance try for a variety
to see which ones look best together
birds are jealous about smooth stone
or the sky how to speak to the forest
floor extraordinary other times bolted
for reading for relaxing several rooms.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring Night

Volcano olden chocolate hills
rain and wind instead of moon
pink cloud reflecting lava
before any shadow sings
you are you are here you are
tourists good looking with accents
those that pass this way are not
so careful about the edge.

Turning In My Badge

It is one thing to wear it shiny
another to pin it carry it
stretch the rules start a fracas
a weird decoration 
the star outside daring history
to do a back flip holding hands.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

How It Will Be

You will endure science fiction 
light switch between life and death
look over after a minute or two 
my arrogance in Kirkland merely 
night time after Cheetos and something else 
snack cart small packets enough to know life
happening still taking up space a parking spot
each breath easy that's how I love that you are here

this sucked I could see it all shifting I was another person
even though the light is extinguished the rest are still on
just look at the crack underneath the door the glow past curtains.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Island King

His statue has been painted seventeen times
scraped away then repainted fished out of the
Falklands larger than life ancient trees shade
wind sugar whales dolphins part of Maui
my smile is not always me eyes one road
tourists buy seven dollar cones complaining
there's language nothing else at the school
dancing is in the community thirty to a room
branches have fallen this is bad they will be cut
new library too far to walk old one right across
yes born right over there at the center living
fragments wait for signatures write the date

Spring Break Day Seven

Calling all dreams above and below
that's what I worried about until
I realized I had gone to that place
green grass pastures lots of slacking
creative to match the other half
index cards in swirly writing
something about a valley I thought
of Oregon of course and that's where
I'll go once I've died again on the job
summer remains my blithe burial plan
installments vicious rates climbing.  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Same Soil Different

Tractor circus
immense river drain
they wanted (more of)
twists decorating rich earth
(they wanted it)
city thinking of the country
(they already had)
county life forever disturbed
city (everywhere) dumb
new potatoes small villages
too hot to touch to deal with

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


The middle part of the epic before the battle
after the battle in the middle of battle
is when the hero takes a breather reflects
maybe even gets a visit from an orb

in your chaps Marble flying
as only a mustang knows
they say know reality
One horse had a wiry tail a Roman
it became untangled broken
Pam (salads) brushed your hair
when Mom was gone
we moved to the desert
couldn't catch you now I beg
call any excuse anything you say
Security all over the place your words
run around it is cold there still I forget

Monday, March 17, 2014

All Epic All Arabesque

Use the universal swirly curl
pull up self to nowhere special
except take turmeric capsules
with water with wood smoke petals
can I send you some today
send you some mint tomorrow
next chamomile after brewed
slow made languid honey
power stirring until integrated
sweetness blends everything.

This is the drink robots crave.
This is the drink of managers.
This is what we give to them.
This is where we get going
even during colony collapse.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

My Side Of The Island: An Epic Account

The other side
has more wind

           heavy mythology



except the part about the cartoon
the diploma the only one they'll
ever see--this was so cruel I laughed
when that is not what I wanted to do

except the boxes are stuffed full of plastics
what then it's about who gets their oil
in the long run even if the "postmaster"
got the delivery just right the address

except I got that from the power point
got how we are spoken to dumbly
speak we speak to each other how

eyes speak hungry words
will the Capek brothers
have the answers

Friday, March 14, 2014


What changed keeps changing
hours minutes add to the epic

What is true about the people to whom this story was originally told?
Which brother had the magical grinder? the race to get water
Is this law fair?

Elephants get cell phones.  Healthy Fries?
Three War Heroes.  Save Our Coral.
Bonus Lesson:  The Romans Are Coming.
Bonus Lesson:  Words Matter.
Another Chance For A Better Life?

Thursday, March 13, 2014


The other attraction mysterious
adhesion spectacular contradiction
failure examined by mysterious other
attraction spectacular examined by adhesion
contradiction mysteriously attracted
Spectacular attraction examined by failure
What becomes another contradiction
spectacular failure contradiction failure

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Gardenia shade
swims in pajamas
sits at the table
what's there
abyss flat gone
roiling in the back.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Back Now

Nutshell haunting
all exchanges
them they the plains
the mountains

small streams
sand-lined river

Monday, March 10, 2014

Past Isn't

Broadband acolyte
wanting nothing better
than to disappear
reappear no sweat
follow vagabond trail

Milky Way gift
smiling with teeth
attractive gap

Language clear
where to stand
the line long
lots of cuts
not a place
but a state

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Outline Daughter

Colors rupture sloppy water
reach back sparkling
to find unfinished animals

Substitute mother who wrapped
little machines hiding a wing
feather giving wanting change

Your name emblazoned gold
little travel trunk ship's name
Dogs wolves just outside
they love to work just say it


The words scratch against buy-in
complete even though the islands
were colder this was what to reach
to aim for in the long run
thought of if before so what
they say is what is happening
will happen the curve
back on itself just a little

Friday, March 7, 2014

Not Alone Dreaming

Three wolves at the door
security went home
left it all up in the air
pointed ears ruffs clean
small dancing feet
legs familiar trees
if I could care less.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Start Fresh Stand Blank

Find the most frequent letter
that letter will usually
leave the room between lines 
solutions are possible 
above all else 
these are examples
not real life 
which is frequent.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


One solution is to look at the moon
upside down then shift again
how will my mask come off
only in sleep is it gone
I've forgotten my body
thoughts unimportant tea bags
silken earth a symbol

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Many endless assessments
boring hours I didn't know
what to do with
my eyebrows listening
looking paying attention
One day the solids empty
people shrunken
Was this my tomb
where was the gold
It was misplaced after all
My heart racing
to a disappointing glint
off a cold surface
how was I to live now
where has it all gone

Monday, March 3, 2014


I play it safe
they said to avoid it
on the radio so went
around but still I wonder
about it and how they said
gusts snow poor visibility
what is feasible danger above
so many feet so many inches.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Air Is The Color

Of his black hair
his hair was love
was the air whispering
true love's version
when you found them
what then became
your grand piecing
sheer wailing lucky
lucky lucky for you.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March First

I try to not to leave
too many tracks
grateful at the pool
lakeside, creek side

without getting
it all muddy.
to impress
a spring hero.