Thursday, March 30, 2017

Ed Rusch Paints the Edge of the West – or A Nearly Found Poem

         Ed Rusch
                           of paintings                        
                                    they glow
                                             as if
                                                      in a reality
                                                                                          of time
                                                                                          they                                                                                                     might
                                                                                          Far West
                                                                                          the                                                                                                       Edge


Monday, March 20, 2017

Old Trader Vic Bergeron

Old Trader Vic Bergeron
         Limping through time
                  one leg dragging
Across almost a century
         of simple syrup and rums,
                  leaving a hint,
                           here and there
on passion fruit,
         dragon fruit,
                  fruit bats
                           and joy!
Oh! The Joy!!
         A gentleman
                  sitting at tables

                           of many islands.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Cortijo Fain

Rain of Andalucia falls in an olive grove
         tap tap tapping on old leaves,
remnants of seasons remembered.

A white farmhouse
          sits posing gracefully,
its skirt of trees spread over the hills.

Lightening cracks February’s sky.

Thursday, February 9, 2017


Mother’s teeth and talons
RIP skin, pieces of flesh;
torn from my abdomen
bits of this and that
searching for an organ
I’ve hidden far from
her gleeful cannibalism.

Father’s civilized
knife and fork
puncture my surface,
where a lost river
of moments,
undistinguished events,
left above high tide line,
dry and blow away,
to float with clicking,
irrhythmic taps
on severed limbs
each braceleted with buoys
of broken light in odd colors
passing in an endless
holiday season.

this treasure can be found,
even shrouded under a blanket
of sleepless sleep,
its klaxon,
against impending drift,
ringing for eternal routine.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Toast To The Missing

Here’s to all your severed limbs
that lie drying in deserts
far from their owner’s sins,
and more of the same
that have long lay rotten,
far, far away in jungles
forgotten. Will all these bits
lacking prayer leaven,
after a time find their twin
in a somewhat mangled heaven?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Vanishing

Mount Tamalpais vanishes
         behind clouds.
                  Rain is coming.
The Headlands stretch
         to disappear
                  in fog.

Monday, February 6, 2017

That Ship

That ship over there,
         leaves a golden state,
whatever its heading,
         wherever it makes landfall,
as steam rises,
         from that moving altar,
as its hull cuts a cemetery sea
         above each rank of corpses
under quiet fathoms,
         as its wake remembers
all the fallen,
         as my eye seeks horizon’s end,
I recall you are one of them
         and I will soon be.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Stone Circle

A lonely dusty path through olive trees
and cork oak leads to a stone circle

thousands of years pass

the path, different trees,
different people without ritual

stand once again among these stones.

The circle stands quiet.

Saturday, February 4, 2017


We ran room
to room 
never knowing
whether to cheer 
or shout alarm.

Asylum walls scream

Locked doors,
empty corridors,
tiny windowless

Arms grasp
with name,

A lesson



in a hell,
white and blank.

Angry faces
whose eyes, at last
freed from their cages,
devoured each child’s dream.

Friday, February 3, 2017

90 Degrees From the Opposite of Everything

90 degrees from the opposite of everything
a surfer watching a mountain of drought
sweating sand wearing a wetsuit

90 degrees from the opposite of everything
a cowboy with a saddle tied to his stomach
his lariat encircling his own neck

90 degrees from the opposite of everything
a prince garbed in less than his own skin
a coronet shackling his ankle

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Each birth assures such
         promise held
within tiny fingers
grasping at unknown
         fate and destiny.

Each father looking deep,
         seeks the potential
of that steady gaze;
         intense intellectual
         calculating criminal?

For now, this future longs
         to begin in a smile

wreathed in bubbles.