Sunday, September 28, 2008

Desperado

One left the beleaguered fort
In search of reinforcements;

One lived to tell the tale

Of his departure,
No one believed him.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Vignettes

American Beauty

The knife was found
Planted in the heart

Of the rose bed.

.

gay blade

In the heart
Of the heart of the country,

Whoever sings

The body electric
Is in for a shock.

.

fodder

From the back of the class,
Sent to the front

By his drill instructor--
As in animal

Prodder.

.

not so unlikely bedtime story

All the world over, rosy-cheeked
Kids like you

Are being put to sleep;
In the abattoir,

Pallid vegetarian butchers
Count sheep.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Circe

Incredible

As it sounds,
You do not think

You hear whatever
Enters the sow's ear.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Midnight Matinee

In the heat of the night,
One cold bloodcurdling scream--

When the floodlights come on,
Melted cherry ice cream.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Notation For One Who Does Not Like Art

on
one

of
the
wires

between
the
light

poles,
two

ring-
doves

cooing,
cuing

up
one
note
down

to
the
next

and

so
on
till
they
touch

down
on
all
five,

just
like
that.