“Smooth Whiskey” (originally published by Cephalopress)
The days are long in a life of slow motion. Waking up takes too long, despite the violent assaults of the alarm clock, unchained by a snooze button—-like me—worn down to the circuitry.
Get up late, again. Take a whore bath in the bathroom sink. Wash what needs it and get out the door. Shower’d be nice…really nice. Maybe tomorrow. Probably not, again.
Office clocks–harbingers of death to my soul–lament the dying of the fire, within. Telephone rings perforate the recirculated air of lungs and mouths like a symphony of electric crickets, tuning-up beneath the hepatic glow of fluorescent suns outside my cubicle’s walls.
Driving home in the same car, down the same roads, in the same rancid clothes that need more than just a good airing out, stuck in this bad track mix, playing on a loop, I need a drink. There’s a bottle at home. Whiskey, I think–a gift for my 50th. It goes down, rough, but smooth, after a glass or two or three.
Smooth is good in a life of no motion.
“Blue Room” (published by Former People Journal)
Nights are hardest to bear,
alone, atop these unwashed sheets
that smell of you and me, still,
crinkled and heavy with ghosts
of our sweat and loving juices.
I am tethered
to flashes of smiles and kisses
that linger beneath the sweetness of heated exhales.
To smell your breath, again,
and taste you on the back of my tongue.
To pull you into me by the small of your back
and sink into the warmth of white musk–
a tangle of tongues, fingers, and limbs.
To have you, know you, again,
Inside and out, is all I want.
Laying here, drowning in us,
my legs brush against the cold rustle of sheets you left behind,
cutting the airlessness of this room.
Rolling over, I close my eyes
and sink my face into the depths of your pillow,
escaping the void that even silence’s ring has forgotten,
and take you in, drowning in us,
this lover’s kaddish.
The scent of your hair—
blue fig and oranges—and spit,
are but pebbles on the gravestone.
“And the Beat Goes On” (originally published by littledeathlit)
Dropping from the air
upon ears like paper blotters on willing tongues,
raging at the bloodlessness of cardboard cutouts against a shrinking sky,
through psychedelic lenses
let me seeeee, let me beeeee the pulse of silent rage
that rails against the vulgar machine
that organize, legitimize, minimize, super-size, tranquilize, proselytize, tantalize, infantilize,
sexualize, stigmatize the suckled teats of long-conditioned truths.
Poking the bear, disturbing the seas of featureless beige,
stirring the comatose anima with battle-cries of sight and sound
that pierce dusty eardrums like sterling icepicks,
repressed wants teeeeem, solemn faces beeeeeam,
liberated in the warmth of a sun that breaks just beyond the horizon on coffee-house stages,
to gestate, ruminate, conjugate, propriate, sublimate, fornicate, obliterate, determinate,
propagate, exfoliate dangerous visions, birthed from the unfetteredness of a purple haze.
Fueling the scribblings of furious hands upon white sheets with whisky and cigarettes,
Making, naked, ugly underbellies of the angst-ridden and inflamed
with the glorious promises of their ecstatic treasure-trails,
let’s revel in the coolness of poetry’s heeeeeat, indulged in pollen-dusted skin so sweeeeet
within the honeyed tangles of poets’ asymmetries
to detoxify, dulcify, intensify, demystify, purify, glorify, magnify, beautify, electrify, sanctify
our bodily streams of light that sugar lips and candy the fingertips.
Tearing away at the fabric, unraveling, woven from Gloopstick youth and plasticine smiles,
repulsing at the hoards in their mindless quests for extra-flavor and double-coupon days,
looking for a steeeeeal, wanting to feeeeel,
as hollow dollars crumble to coins when plopped upon unsated palms and countertops.
Think! Think! Think! Think! Think! Think! Think! Think! Think! Think!
We are on the brink
of the Fall of the American Empire.
“Old Filament, Broken Bulb” (originally published at Expat Press)
A white bolt from above
through the clouds before our eyes—
showering cuts upon the kitchen table,
releasing bad blood,
testing our guile