Spider-Man

crawling up the side of a dark skyscraper with his back to the night at the top, he aims & shoots his web with a tap tap of two fingers & glides across the stars like a giant, silent spider on its thread he’s racing to fight the villain who kidnapped his love & closing […]

sonnet for a drummer

i think Time itself understands the commands of your quivering twin wands; you shape Now as it passes your hands infinitely docile, resembling strong youth, infancy & age with equal grace— some rhythms are warlike, some fight for peace, right foot runs straight while the left syncopates, teasing timelessness out between beats. where is your […]

phoenix

in the shade under the Knowledge tree lives a phoenix by the name of Poetry. times change the shape & pigment of her wings, how long her beak is & what songs she sings, but, sure as the moon follows herself in rings, the phoenix flies, dies & again revives. when in the cooling coals […]

i persephone

i persephone though living wander in death’s shade along the sidewalk by day the moon raising her sickle overhead reminds me monthly of the bloody dead bodies who have carpeted battlegrounds for generations laying their lives down for the next generation & i am a fly on the wall who will die with all she […]

evolutionary

i picture the evolutionary march from primates to homo sapiens & stand in awe. i don’t need to carry around the whole Origin of Species, our genesis painstakingly described— it’s a living truth, this instinctive contest of minds that made sure we survived; it’s in us all, in the nucleotides that combine our twin helixes; […]

when i think about the Tao Te Ching

when i think about the Tao Te Ching (though thoughts about it tend to distance it) i fear the utter speechlessness it brings; i dread being alone to witness it when the universe of all things profound pours out its annihilating secrets; i’m scared of being infinitely drowned in that vacuum where no light or […]

all the great Masters recommend restraint

all the great Masters recommend restraint of thought, word, action & initiative: always be ready to respond, but wait for the right time to strike. how do they live so disciplined, their only time around more competent than others, but less proud? as a dam may serve to irrigate the land & pens pinpoint the […]

i realized if i could only love

i realized if i could only love a tiny bit more deeply than i’d grieve in the extreme worst case, i’d be above petty paranoias that you might leave & free to love you with such abandon! the problem is that even bottomless love can never swallow up grief’s canyon. like balanced scales, grief is […]

a mental illness

a mental illness is a paradox: addiction is the habit of chaos; delusion is falsehood made orthodox; OCD is unrelenting will turned on its master, forcing him to stand still & the noonday demon i know firsthand perversely makes life’s lovers lust for death. in every case, elusive mental health skips teasingly ahead, just out […]

prayer to Athena

wisdom incarnate! God of craftsmanship, adviser of kings—come to earth! materialize as the larger-than-life Alpha Female you are, Athena, i know you’re aching to stretch those strong legs—come walk hand in hand with every leader of my troubled, fast-paced age—please, Athena, born of the thundering cranium of Zeus, rise in your golden armor like the […]

agnostic’s prayer

growl, the sound the ground makes in an earthquake thunder, the tidal wave mounting at sea silent horizon rising in the sky—cry under the arc of the tsunami the transfixed crowd howls & is erased white noise in the dark emptiness of space. light me a lantern, yellow as daylight that never exhausts the primal […]

how to write two poems

How to write one poem start with vivid, ballooning, colorful visuals that bring daydreams of childhood out to play. celebrate the wonderful carefreedom of your clear-minded reader.           catching him midair, feel his weight thump your chest & answer it with a push back to the sky                           now, with his legs straight out, let him relish […]

sleep to your heart’s content

sleep to your heart’s content, delinquent Muse, with every sugar daddy who can buy you; ogle any oligarch you choose, give sloppy seconds to the little guy & make babies with Satan, if you must— don’t wait to sate your promiscuity on my account. your lust won’t break my trust as long as you keep […]

Medusa

Poseidon, Lord of the Seven Seas, stormed ashore boiling with lust into the temple where she was worshipping him & his massive suffocating body poured pushed pounded & consumed her; his roar deafening, she couldn’t hear but she could feel him forcing out her screams. What he left of her lay deathlike on the floor […]

Prometheus

Nicolas-Sébastien Adam My ancestors believed they were created out of red riverbed clay by Prometheus, a superhuman being. What possessed him to breathe life into us, just forgeries of himself, no one knows, but our creation brought him pride— so, the Lord Zeus let it slide. One winter, under cover of night, Prometheus climbed to […]

Camera Man

Last time I saw my son, I was a young man. Now, he is. It’s OK. I like listening. I don’t resent the woman. I’m just tired of traveling, listening, hauling my tall three-legged robot & his box of replacement eyes, ears & memories. Things could be worse. Want to see a grown man cry? […]

Bottom Line

once & for all time, Shakespeare says it best: life’s short, love’s true, & silence is the rest.