Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Wish You Were Here


Dear heart 
Beat always 
Uneasily expectant 

With whatever passes 
Before us, what 
Say we pretend 

It’s always been here. 




Saturday, August 24, 2013

Wishful Thinking, Misanthrope


Sometimes I think 

The world would have been 
A much, much better place 

Without me, so much better 
That I wish I could 

Flash back to that hard dirt floor 
Just before the midwife 

Helped mom push me through 
The darkness, stop everything and settle 

That long-overdue score I have 
With who-knows-what 

That’s killing me—surely 
I could live with that

And wish no more. 



Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Poem Should Be (2)


like a bullet 

                                                                      train crashing 

through 

                                                                      your brain. 




Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Black Sheep


You bleat some things are better off left in the dark— 
If so, why do they keep on moseying back, 
Dragging their white-washed tales behind them? 



Sunday, August 18, 2013

Cryptic


Listen up—is it the leaves falling 
Or the sound of the wind dying down 
That wants to interrupt your sleep? 




Thursday, August 15, 2013

First Quarter Lunatic on the Horizon


Good heavens! It looks like 
Another basket case— 

The man in the moon’s going 
To sink 

A hook shot hanging 
Upside down 

From the rim! 



Monday, August 12, 2013

Muse


This lovesick ravenous crone 
Impresses 
Her horny claws firmly 
In the soft mud 
Of our mind, tears 
At our bleeding 
Mushy heart, 
Snatches us away 
Like a harpy all the while 
Droning raucously sweet 
Nothings in our ear. 



Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Last Village Threnodist


Oh woe unspeakable 
That has befallen us— 

She who kept alive for years 
That ancient dying art has left us 

With no one to better 
Charon’s bitter, 

Bitter song. 





Thursday, August 8, 2013

One Last Look Back


Time running out, 
The last time 

You looked, the world was still 
As moving as you hope 

It will be the last time you look. 



Monday, August 5, 2013

Cul-de-sac


You near the end 
Of your life thinking where 
You first went wrong— 

By the time you finish, 
There’s only one signpost left 
And it’s always the right one. 



Saturday, August 3, 2013

Huuklyeand Cinquor on Poets Sounding Out Their Voice


No, no, you’re doing fine 
Mates, plumb no deeper— 

You’ll find that buoyant 
Voice you’re looking for bobbing 

Right here near the surface, not 
Sinking at the end 

Of one last desperate line. 


Moderator’s comments: Cinquor twitching like a catastomid on the end of a gaffe(sic)—this guy doesn’t know Trout Fishing in America from The Compleat Angler. Why he presumes to be such an authority on the murky current state of American poetry is anybody’s guess, but there’s a strong possibility it might have something to do with his piscine-sounding name.