Category Archives: Poetry

Brewers in High Dudgeon

Listen my pretty, and you will hear, a story of drinking less craft beer. A tale so exciting and so intense, like sitting in pain on a white picket fence where the pickets will stick you right in the rump. … Continue reading

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Another Ode to Edward

A year ago this past June, I wrote an “Ode to Edward Gorey,” which was in reality a poorly-done knock-off of his The Gashlycrumb Tinies, which I’ve always just loved. My sense of humor is admittedly macabre. Well, I wrote another, … Continue reading

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Published

One poem. Finally published. They (Do South Magazine) selected the one poem I submitted, Emotion. Now that it’s in print, I wish I’d submitted something else. But wishing is an idiotic undertaking, isn’t it? So I’ll try to stop. I … Continue reading

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Experience

Walk through the hardest moments. Walk without stumbling. Slice through the fear with a machete of resolve, tempered with rage and trembling with unbending purpose. Step over the broken pieces of bad judgments turned to ugly regrets. Push through the … Continue reading

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Wisdom

Wisdom grows not from the tender love of nurturing care, but from the abject neglect and brutal abandonment spun on life’s loom from frayed spiritual kudzu that tries to choke and strangle resolve. Wisdom struggles upward from the darkest depths … Continue reading

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Exhilaration

A cool rain washes pollen from the air. A light breeze chills the morning, just enough. Gratitude spills from each breath and clings to each step. Promises are impossible to break on days like this. Love is the only emotion … Continue reading

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Lost

Deep in the early morning, even before the wind awakens, I slip out of bed and roam from room to room, looking for evidence that I belong here, testimony that I have a right to prowl in my restless search … Continue reading

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Compassion in Winter

The frigid fingers of winter, long and cold and callous, can tear at the fibers of compassion when the homeless are left to fend for themselves in cardboard homes behind picket fences stitched together with razor wire and disdain. Whose … Continue reading

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Every One of Us

First posted on Facebook (12/26/2017). I decided to post here because it’s easier to find things here than on Facebook. Here’s evidence that I do not have a future as a poet laureate. Every One of Us If your eyes are … Continue reading

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Jumble

I have more things to say than I can put into words. My thoughts are jumbled, random, unconnected. I’m soaked in confusion, amplified by world events and streaked with fear and anger, and muddled by beads of hope so small … Continue reading

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Pendulum

The bob of our pendulum is a razor sharp disk, cutting the air with its long swings before gravity and time curtail its trajectory, when it cuts our ties with time and severs the cables that bind us to this … Continue reading

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Envision

Constraints exist only in one’s imagination. Possibilities have limits only in the mind. If a person can conceive of time travel, he can travel forward in time, carrying a notebook in which to record his reality. Circumstances impose boundaries only … Continue reading

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Ode to Edward

A is for Arnold who choked on his ego. B is for Barney killed in Oswego. C is for Carmen who fell off a bridge. D is for Dennis who got locked in a fridge. E is for Everett burned … Continue reading

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Art Critic

Acerbic in her praise of the fruits of your labors that flowed like rivers  of blood from your fingers, she spoke of the promise of your efforts, the potential in your art, as if promise and potential were words of praise, rather … Continue reading

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Seeking

We long for connections, intersections, kisses; spaces between our fears and acceptance, between the unknown and the richness of knowledge so deep we cannot comprehend its wingspan. We long for beauty in the absence of truth. Modesty tells us to hide our … Continue reading

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Regret by Another Name

I miss the kiss, the cuddle, the squeeze that told me the world didn’t matter, but I did. I miss the way the world slipped by without notice, the way reality meant nothing and mattered less. I miss the casual … Continue reading

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Friends

Make a friend. Share ideas and dreams with your friend. Be there for your friend, no matter what. Be the shelter in rough weather. Be the anchor in angry seas. Be the celebration when you’re the only candle; be the friend you’ve … Continue reading

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Used to be

I used to be strange but now I’m just normal I used to be casual, but now I’m quite formal I used to be smart, but now I’m dense as a rock I used to be as timely as an atomic … Continue reading

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Unclothed

Turn around and see the remains of wishes, withering and melting in smoke and ashes, transforming desire into unfulfilled dreams. There, on the floor, the clothes of hope wallow in despair, restless in the realization that desire is clad not … Continue reading

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Refuge

I walk through walls of hatred like they were fog banks, smashing bars and barriers of iron and steel as if they were but ribbons of smoke, skirting the edges of one dimension and grasping the fringes of another. If this … Continue reading

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Your Love

Breaking the rules doesn’t always translate into thuggery. Sometimes, it’s simply an expression of fear. Or anger. Or wishful thinking so soulful and painful that anger is the only relevant and meaningful expression. I wish I broke the rules. I … Continue reading

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Revelations in Raw Reality

Kisses hide broken promises and muddled dreams, working hard to muffle life’s little detours, roads down which no one ever expected to travel.

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Ambiguity

A light breeze washes away faint sounds of leaves brushing against the sky, spent whispers urging, in hushed voices, gentleness and purity. But the dead leaves on the ground and the humus teeming with ravenous creatures bent on sating their appetites … Continue reading

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Truth versus Perspective

I may attempt the 30 poems in 30 days for April this year, as I did last. But I might not share the poems so widely. I’ve already written one for today, but I’ll share something less gripping (;-) in … Continue reading

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Stronger Than I Thought

I’ve broken out of my dry spell, discussed just two posts ago, I guess. First, it was the roadrunner, photos of which I posted earlier today, and now it’s a memory that haunts me and touches me in ways I cannot … Continue reading

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