There’s no one to adore it. Too hard-shelled and prickly, I guess. Transgressions bought and paid for. Still, there are soft surfaces of want. In the shower, (hotter, hotter), there’s … Continue Reading That’s the spirit
The house she built is nested inside the one they bought together. It’s been long in its building, with slow accretions wrung from unshed tears. A desperation. A resignation. It … Continue Reading The house that Jill built
Sack of a face. All dragged down by gravity and surrendered muscles. It’s supposed to take more of them to frown than to smile, but nature disagrees. And what’s he … Continue Reading The coldest knight of the year
Just beyond piled-up banks of dirty snow, stick trees, made of disease, voice their last testaments, mournful and forlorn. And so we walk, pushing shins and shoes forward, keeping music’s … Continue Reading the weight of the world
metaphor simile synonym what is best when the thing wells up inside of you and breath wants to be shallow and heart feels to burst laying down’s no cure just … Continue Reading Please hold
A scene of old develops and sharpens. It’s the start of some chapter in a boy’s learning. This memory is of being ten. It has cold misty rains at a … Continue Reading Hero
what is relax is it Peace how can do is it a leaving is it resignation giving up losing grip is it trusting retiring is it bought and is it … Continue Reading something to cry about
Lord of somethings, How does one who fixes us find a way in? Past facades, careful constructs, ego and id, scar tissue and regret, to bind an ungrown soul?
hunch up those shoulders carry that hollow barrel chest on spindly trembling legs practice your ghostly motions stare obscenely out of eyes like yellowed olives your gates are closed for … Continue Reading My Man
And the man said “Well, it’s time to clear the driveway now.” And Heart said “I will go along.” And the man said “Let’s grab that big plastic scoop. It … Continue Reading Silver bells
Just this morning, Clarice went to coma. In hallways of cottony grey she swims, but not aimlessly. She has shed the displeasures of the flesh, and does not feel, as … Continue Reading Child of grace
Erica has her own key to her own apartment, on the strength of a job letter. No more nightly pay, unwanted bottles, fancy but fouled dresses. She sits in the … Continue Reading Apartment for rent
got good at hiding it, you think. but, someone will see you, and they’ll know. the things you do that are just a bit, um, abby normal. the way you … Continue Reading For sad old earth must borrow its mirth
The held back tears of a smarting sting. The shame overheard in a chance eavesdrop (that slow knife, rusting in place and broken off at the handle). The social dread, … Continue Reading How to be insensitive
Some days, it’s the tilt of a chubby face, bright sun on rosy cheek, smiles a daring smile. Holders of doors, thankyous said. A girl with a broken wiper gets … Continue Reading Some days
Touch Yes, I know now The warmth of nearness The barber The masseuse I pay I do for more than what’s needed For the expected the guaranteed the scheduled.