Thursday, January 19, 2017

How Did I Get This Close To Death

How did I get this close to death
never to notice this shadow

Could this Pacific sea sparkle less brightly
or its waves break more gently
into this sand?

Where is that face I so longed for
in those ages past, resting
among oak and pine;

How long will the sun continue
to shine and give such hope

to the hopeless?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Changi @ 5:00 AM exquisite boredom
masks faces
concealed in cellphones
migrating crowds bounce
Jakarta to Guiyang
for perfect selfies
buying chocolate
at Cocoa & Co.
for cousins in Hong Kong
who used to live in Kowloon
or the New Territories
and now
relentlessly march
toward numbered gates
and all points
they watch themselves
playing monkey see monkey do
at every airport shop
from here to terminal 2 eternity
I smile and wave the sky
to an early morning security guard
who shares so much excitement

for a solar eclipse.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Living In A Beautiful Place

Even living
in a beautiful place,
ghosts of my legacy,
mantric thoughts
given like poisonous candy
by the beasts of conception,
reside quietly in sealed boxes,
folds of musty curtains,
and corners of rooms
concealed from sight
in deepest shadow,
until I, who am so jaded
with the odd and unusual,
snag a pant cuff, or tear
a sleeve to blood,
and once again,

the chants begin.

Monday, January 16, 2017


Void; Inception; Action; Void

Void is an impossible word,
         exists where no word can exist
                  a sound in a no-sound place,
void, v o i d v   o   i   d v    o    i    d v     o     i     d

beginning beginnings, ending endings
         sense fails for there is no sense
so these letters, this word, that sound, void

         is senseless nonsense.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A List

A List

I think I saw you yesterday standing in line
         at the grocery store
                  maybe it was the airport.

Remember that day we met in … oh what
         was the name of that place?
                  Right near where you live?

I felt so virtuous letting you go first
         because you only had a couple of items
                  and I loved your show!