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Wednesday, September 4, 2013


skedaddleski-DAD-l  , verb;
1. to run away hurriedly; flee.
2. a hasty flight.

off i go to drink again, 
drink again, off i go to drink 
again, drink my cares away

cares away, cares away 

again i go to drink again
my cares away i go

Monday, September 2, 2013

pari passu

pari passuPAH-ree PAHS-soo; Eng. PAIR-ahy PAS-oo, PAIR-ee \adverb;
1. with equal pace or progress; side by side.
2. without partiality; equably; fairly.

the tortoise and the hair
blood out of bullet holes
rain from the cloud-topped sky

the pear from the tree
rolls down the hill
to the country road

your truck wheels skip
I yelp from a mouth that is mine
certain you hit something

the pieces of the pear
shot out at the sides
the heart of it thrown

into the gutter yarrow
the sun will bake the rest
pear juice moistens the concrete

I lay my head on your shoulder
concentrate on your one hand
maneuvering the wheel

we are anchored in our seats.
your knuckles hold tight.
there is nowhere to go but down.

Saturday, August 31, 2013


gynarchyJIN-er-kee, GAHY-ner-, JAHY-ner- \noun;
rule by women or a woman.

breasts, legs, neck, belly, we rule
by more than these. hair toss, eye

lash, nipple button: more than these
even. a suggestion of hips and you are 

gone. we have two sets of lips to tuck
yourself into. who is man, then? a rib 

bone, maybe. you are all too willing 
bones for breaking and more-making.

Thursday, August 29, 2013


pittance PIT-ns  , noun;
1. a small amount or share.
2. a small amount or share.
3. a scanty income or remuneration.

Pity so much that is small is overlooked
the paperclip the shadow the strand of hair
that tickles your shoulder the way I
tickled the hairs at your neck do you 
remember that or the way our fingers 
touched the way notes are passed secrets 
exist at the rims of our fingers and who 
we've kissed and how and where and who 
was near that bartender that one time
she knew in that small way she tipped
her head to look away such small things
can be so important pity these moments
pity those moments gone by pity
small numbers that represent years
those small numbers represent years
three sixty five is not enough and yet pity
it would never have been enough.

Monday, August 26, 2013


quincunx \KWING-kuhngks, KWIN-\noun
1. an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.
2. Botany. an overlapping arrangement of five petals or leaves, in which two are interior, two are exterior, and one is partly interior and partly exterior.

If I am partly interior and partly
exterior, what does that mean for the trees?
Sure, they live longer; their skin 
needs to be that tough. They know it isn't 
safe to reveal their beating hearts though 
they are pumping more blood
than you or I. And each leaf
that falls from their branches is more
than a loss. They cannot even stoop
to pick them up again. These parts
lay on the ground and disintegrate
and they cannot even watch. And then, 
from within them, they must feel
new ones sprout, push themselves out,
glittering and soft. None the same and yet
all of them known. And the green
would make the tree weep, if it only could.