Sunday, August 18, 2019

Please Take a Moment to Locate the Exits

King of the Night, he is.  He doesn’t like you.
He doesn’t like your backstory.  Your charm,
Like Bottom’s bottom, isn’t something special.
The mists of midnight blow away.  You stand
In the Aisle of Target, looking for your shoes
On shelves of mouthwash, rodent spray, and cans
Of 3-in-1.  King of the Night, he says,
“Wet cleanup on Aisle 7, where the lute
And zither sale  has just concluded.   Please
Exit the store, and, listen, don’t come back.”

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Non Plussed Ultra

Something’s not right--the dog has too many legs,
The poet is rhyming punch with anaconda,
You in an iron mask, a gun in hand,
Thought balloons overhead. Alarming stuff
For those not yet acquainted with the dog,
Whose genial nature only wants to please.
A centipede for love. A friend in need.
But why not a sword, which better suits the mask,
If not the miniskirt, balloons so full,
They’re raining everywhere, the proper nouns
And action words. The poet is nonplussed.

Nevertheless, each sun must have its day
To shine on its constituents and tell
Its tale, or maybe that’s the comet, come
And gone, not to return, until next time.

And, no, conclusion has not come. Not yet.
Not while an aunt is upstairs rhyming fish
And threatening to wed the chest of drawers.
Something will come of this, something sublime,
Like peonies or chifforobes in flames.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Light Concludes in Lightning Bugs

When the sky was a vault, the stars were stuck

To the underside. We wished for luck
On falling decals. First the sun
And then the moon blinked off for fun,
Relit for entertainment. God
Was merciful, but very odd.

Grounded, alfalfa didn't care;
And cherries ripened in an air
Closer to home, where pigs agree
That slop is their theology.
The decals slipped and fell at night,
Yet there was no decrease of light.
Piercing terrestrial disguise,
We brought them home as fireflies.