sonnet for a visionary

word count: 101 my love, your genius is hosted in you like a parasite, a demon, an ancient ghost haunting your wanting eyes. how those little windows burn with the immense, intense magnificence inside! & what i’d give to set foot in that cathedral, to see the hoard of treasure being held there hostage by […]

wisdom

word count: 76 wisdom is moderation of all things: to neither be a puppet nor pull strings, to lead with strength but not an iron fist, to smartly borrow from but not consist of lessons learned in lifetimes besides yours, to seize the day while still doing your chores & take action, but give in […]

Charisma

Charisma shows up everywhere wearing a stranger’s face. strangely, she’s always recognized & never out of place. she graces who she pleases, ignorant of looks & wealth; she’s powerful in poverty & faithful through poor health; she’s drawn to freaks & outsiders, but princes have her too; she’s blatantly bisexual; she favors no skin’s hue; […]

sonnet for a drummer

word count: 97 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. […]

i persephone

word count: 97 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 […]

opposites

word count: 115 whether you like it or not, opposites make up your thoughts— sex & celibacy / right & wrong force & delicacy / short & long a swinging pendulum—ding dong killing, giving life / hurting, healing dressing & undressing / floor, ceiling hiding & confessing / breaking, sealing great people in history have […]

evolutionary

word count: 93 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 […]

when i think about the Tao Te Ching

word count: 99 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 […]