Adult

A Gorey Moment

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I sometimes have a Gorey moment

wondering what could have been

if the hanging chads

hadn’t hung,

or if Gore had hung up

his gentleman’s suit

and … Read more

11-11-11

Slow beauty this morning:
Dried apple gum and parsley
In a glass pasta sauce
Bottle; Steinbeck’s idea of redemption.

Dense clouds make it seem mountainous
But the sharp legs of … Read more

O Greenland! My Greenland!

Your ice thaws,
the shiny shield
that deflects the sun
and protects you from heat.
Frozen for millennia,
it begins its long farewell.

Your permafrost softens—
invulnerable for ages,
it … Read more

Birth

 

You don’t remember what you were
given on the way here … A pale moth
labours sideways across and inter-
section under which you sit listening to,

The National, … Read more

Climate Change

Jogging uphill
during the first week
of Spring I pick a scene
for you:

native frangipani,
nasturtiums, no, freesias
out of verge-grass thick
with honey;

bees worry
fireweed left behind… Read more

Finding The Way Somewhere

There is someone we could ask but they left
Early this morning to beat traffic. We heard gears
Groaning, classifying what type of sound and evidence
To expect as the … Read more

Handbrake

Every summer the car rolls over a degree
Or two more revealing green limits to heat
Like the dance, you meet your wife
At after the war where bayonet wounds,… Read more

Phoenix Summer 2023

My feet are burning like sausage in a skillet
with eggs, sunny side up,
I poured my coffee early, but I can’t enjoy the aroma or warmth,
so I let … Read more

Divorce

July sunrise trapped in the granny flat
Window next door. The new home that
I opposed at the council because it actively
Sought to oversee our privacy.

As the day … Read more

A Dickens Of A Time

Please sir, may I have some more
Air cover, tanks, defense systems,
Handshakes in good faith, a strong
Message of support? May I come,
Cap in hand and all that,… Read more

Too Late

Too late for the tomato plants,
the basil, the irrigation system
lying in a broken tangle
in the weedy front yard.

Too late to get enough sleep,
to eat right, … Read more

Nicodemus

Those sudden shifts …
Wind at midnight rattles windows.
A girl finishes with imagination before morning
And wakes from a nightmare.
The father stops the glass of water.
The nurse … Read more