Category Archives: Poetry

POEM: cohabitation

cohabitation BOOM! on the cushion while BANG! you are, inexplicably awake RATTLE! breathe in, breathe out TING! a brief rain shower, passing car STOMP! the bell dings, ending the morning session SLAM! like magic, a bagel & tea on the … Continue reading

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POEM: the mystic

the mystic New Balance sneakers, worn soles Builder’s tea, almond milk, one sugar Nikon binoculars, Peterson field guide a biography of Philip Whalen (of course) all the trappings, none of the Trappist there’s no “I” in enlightenment oh wait, there … Continue reading

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POEM: whiteout

whiteout the 18-wheeler comes up from behind me passes my front bumper and disappears into the wall of snow as if into a new dimension I’ve slowed nearly to a stop, inching forward I guess this is a metaphor, right? … Continue reading

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POEM: this year we’ve decided to grow things

this year we’ve decided to grow things I’m excited when I was married, my wife always wanted to garden but I was never interested I let her choose the seeds, tend our community plot across town her father was a … Continue reading

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POEM: in response to Morrissey

in response to Morrissey I was looking for a job, and then I found a job And heaven knows I’m miserable now — The Smiths, “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” we do it anyway           clocking in           punching out           eating a … Continue reading

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POEM: secret handshake (for Owen)

secret handshake for Owen “buy me a milk tea” you say after we speak the same words at the same time it’s our shorthand a shared acknowledgement that we know one another like no one else knows us we even … Continue reading

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