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.