We fell from Heaven
And struck every branch
On the way down.
The impact left a crater,
Half the diameter of a New England town.
With no direction I dream
Of rambling on.
Lucidly waking, scrambling for
Planes, trains, or bus.
Filling my hiking bag, hand encompassing a compass.
It’s ill education
It’s the pursuit of satisfaction
Comparing cash value
To the subjective flow of time.
Take a chance and
Roll the bones.
Don’t let it build
Until it bursts.
Mow the lawn,
Water the garden,
Get your hair cut,
Sip Lillet Blanc from a chilled cup.
Allow alcohol to touch your lips,
Don’t let it be the reason they move.
Heavy influence of substances
Stops the thought process.
Heavy influence of caffeine
Keeps me keen.
Write a horrid mass of
Marble-bag words and splatter plots.
They say only the strong survive!
Looking around this room,
I can tell that is certainly the case.
A mighty tree has come crashing down
The whole forest heard it fall.
“Do you think it’s the apocalypse?”
“You mean right this minute, or in general?”
I have never been asked this question
With such earnest,
From a sane, pragmatic individual.
Sane, in the sense he has made money.
Sane, in the sense he has children.
Sane, in the sense I trust him not to become incarcerated.
Is this pragmatic thinking?
As honest as possible
Writing, thinking, and ignoring
Proper grammar marks
Package the whole process
Within paper and metaphor.
Lurking wind; Port-City brick sea
Polluted by the gull scream,
Sticky gelato melt,
Salty sting of deep fryer.
Foamy Hampton Beach brine
Soaks into pores,
Protects me from the sun.
A humid one.
Amongst a throng of wandering galaxies:
Painted toes like candy;
Thonged in Birkenstock.
Salt and sand powdered thighs
Gazing through the back of hands
At the Atlantic horizon.
Fish for a smile,
Feel chest crash
At cresting wave.
Against battened down ducks
A model of Beech wood
Fair less float.