Monthly Archives: February 2019

Let this be a warning…

Not of danger or malice

But of the joys of excess

That laughter like Falstaff

Might spill like beer kegs

Dropped to the King’s Road

Mixed with common mud.

Oh, the horror of it all!

Falstaff’s nightmare!

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Remarkably he smiled

Through the dusty, sepia photo

Handsome in his uniform

His year in Paris

Under the Doughboy flag

Driving ambulances

Selling on the black market

Flirting with French girls

Dodging bullets & poison gas.

He escaped whole in body

But forever aferward

In his married life

In his grocery store,

In his junk hauling–

He kept alive

His secret joy

Of having lived–

Fully, sweat & fear,

Death in all its faces,

Taught him the joy

Of simple daily pleasures.

Family Safety

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Of the mythic pain

Of Red Sox anemia

Of grandiose heroes

Who don’t deliver,

These millionaires

Who don’t perform,

Prima donnas

Without mercy

For the desperate fans

Talk radio buzzes

Shouts & alarums

Agonies of dissection.

Every man a pundit

A lost prophet

Staggering thru deserts

Of stinging nettles

And poisonous snakes.

The great oasis

Of world champions

A mirage of glory

Filled with poisoned muddy waters

Embrace the dying truth of sports!

Fullness &  Nothing

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TRACES OF LOST LOVE…

LIKE OLD SCARS

SHONE IN MOONLIGHT

MAKING A MAP

TO A LOST LAND

WHOSE TREASURES

WRAPPED IN DARKNESS

ELUDE MEMORY

AND REDISCOVERY…

NEVER SAY YOU’RE SORRY,

IT’S A SIGN OF WEAKNESS.

SHE LEFT ME HERE!


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Bringing up the REAR

The apostles of JOY

Sang TORCH SONGS MOST LOUDLY

Belted out over CITY & FARM

Till even the ANIMALS

Screamed for P & Q (merciful):

So, the SINGERS fell SILENT

AND wrote thick TOMES

AND wrote thick TOMES

AND wrote thick TOMES

That broke readers’ HEADS

And soon the BANNED CULT

TOOK UP silence & FADED AWAY

THANKS VERY MUCHLY…

BRINGING UP THE REAR!

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Please, let me be–

The word fevers

Eat my brain pan

With sizzling stems

Parsed particles

Surds of quadratics

Floor bucklers

Transforms in colors

Unpalatable cuisine

A sorry diet

For a wordsmith

Hammering the anvil

Of a language  so elastic

Animals weep

For simplicity–

Why, heavens,

Give them a note

Or two…

A melody brief

To keep us calm–

Our worlds finite in sound.

WORD FEVERS

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Please accept these Simplicities

Well intentioned

The violet of peace

A token in air

Passed hand to hand

Despite threat

Of heavy hands.

The symbolists

Mean well per code

The flower’s hue

Betoken soft sleep

And gentle breezes

That bear us aloft

Over dark dreams

And history itself.

This living war

Redeemed only by

Furtive gestures

Iconic it’s true

Of a better life.

VIOLETS OF PEACE

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