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on 6/20/17 vania kim wrote “Dream Of Me”

Wisk me away within your dreams
Into your world of conceptualized seems.
Take me with you as you go.
Asphyxiated in waves of your undertow.
Scoop me up and carry me
Spin me round your reverie.
Hold my hand, a clasp to keep.
Please dont leave me as you sleep.
Take me to where your mind wanders
As the clock counts down I ponder…
If we’ll meet before you wake
On the shores of a fancied lake,
We’ll share a moment in the sand
Tracing the lines in our knitted hands.
I’ll hold your gaze as you have mine
Unspoken words sheathed lost time.
You built for me the finest deck
A boat forged from spasmodic wreck.
And as we sail we await the wake
That our real is better than the dreams we make.
I pray this feeling shall never rend
For loving you will be my end.
I miss you even as you slumber
Jealous of inert wonders.
Let me stay with you my love
No second spent will be enough.
Im in the shallows, heel me deep,
Take me with you as you sleep.

on 6/22/17 i replied:

Our history – disjuncted yet somehow connected.
A beautiful kind of scoliosis, in standing, perfected.
I finally see you in a line from your glance to mine.
Your eyes full of language unspoken when we rewind.

Our days fall into nights that fade into our dawn.
A hint of our tomorrows buried, longingly, in your song.
I feel my soul blazing – a once dark star.
You light this life, you lift me far.

Our love huddled like our inner child pressed against our walls.
A steady ship to bear us when, anxiously, fate calls.
I feel your heart blazing where once stardust fell.
Let me show you my love – too wide, too deep to tell.

on 6/1/17 vania kim wrote:

I breathe in your sweet scent.
A redolence Ive grown to covet.
Your steady heartbeat pumping a melodic consonance into my ear
as I rest quietly upon your chest.
Your lips pursed in enervation.
Eyelids fluttering from dreams amidst.
I gaze upon your slumber.
My fingertips delicately slipping in and out of your raven strands of hair in admiration.
Waiting for the morning sun to come, so I can see those beautiful orbs of terracotta awaken behind those
occluded eyes…
Good morning love

on 6/3/17 i replied:

If I took a little time –
selfishly for my own
To do what hearts like mine
are prone to do when every line
traces itself to you.

A bit of time to breathe –
suddenly on my own.
To know this breath of mine,
slow and sure, is a quantum
entangled with yours.

As if for the first time –
Achingly new. Deliberately unknown.
To brave this world of ours,
spinning callously amongst the stars,
together with you….

Good evening, Love.

on 5/14/17 vania kim wrote:

I used to love the ocean.
So deep, so seamless.
A rippled mirror reflecting the mysterious face of sky,
Deluged with the stars and unknown tales of the void.
I was captivated.
I saw in it what I felt in me.
Contained yet empty.
Vast yet underestimated
Calm as a summers breeze yet wild as a storm.
Time and time again my love was left aboard a ship that set sail into the deep, just to return along ghost ships…
Marooned broken amidst the shore.
Pieces of me left scattered like ash, laid to rest amongst ocean bed rocks…
I wait here in the sand.
Just a lighthouse with a broken beacon.
Calling out to you from the dark.
…But you cant see me.
I’m just a shadow in the wind,
And you? A ship without a sail.
Anxious to discover my shores.
You admire my beauty from afar
Through a scope in the fog.
My island of hidden treasures
Luring you like a glitter in the shade.
It isn’t safe for you here.
It isn’t safe for me there.
I still make fire from pieces of wreckage.
I remember nights of inscribing my faith through poems before sealing it in a bottle…
Tossing it out into deep water, just for the current to bring it back to me.
You cannot see my jagged oceans edge from here.
Encasing my island in a wall of defeat and fear.
You don’t see my broken.
This is no place to dock.
Why must I warn you?
Why must I protect me?
If I never have you…
I could never lose you beside a shipwreck.
I used to love the ocean,
Until I realized you could lose yourself in the beauty chasing the unknown.
It made me contained yet empty.
Vast yet underestimated.
Calm as a summers breeze but as wild as a storm.
And still I wait here in the sand.
Just a lighthouse with a broken beacon.
Calling out to you from the dark.
But you… cant… see me.
My ocean.
A rippled mirror reflecting the mysterious face of sky.

i replied:

~lighthouse

swimming in the dark.
at odds with the deep.
i was rowing, somehow, before.
making my way to your shore.
i was sure. certain to find
what this course was for.
this odyssey was odd,
i was thinking and so caught
up I broke my oar.
this feeling was unknown
i was pondering and so caught
up dashed my boat upon
rocks far from the coast
that you call yours.
now, in the dark, i swim.
my heart falters.
my spirit, grim.
fearing death,
i sang a hymn.

find me as i look for you.
find me if ever beauty was truth.
your stars and mine aligned.
your life and mine intertwined.
through the dark, through the dim
a daft dream, yet i still swim.

seamless, the horizon lining
the stoic sky to the murmuring sea.
silent, the waters keep pining.
passing ships, they mock me.
icons of my past begrudging.
but your unseen light calls me.
waves crashing. storms brewing.
no beacon that i can see.

are we ever safe anywhere
when bound in the darkness
or drifting in surly seas?
the antique questions
begs your vintage stare –
to look with the desire
of classic traditions to which
we both adhere.

am i stranded in between
your mirror and my life in tow?
there is no measure to the sky above.
no fathom to the depths below.
if i let go, will i lose your love?
if i let go, will i grow old?
i do not know, but i will swim
without doubt for your shore.
at odds with the deep
no more.

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i do like you.
so i do.
what are you
going to do
about it?
nothing, it seems.
quite alright.
memory leads me to a smile
and that cannot be taken away.
those things we say to pass
the day are little nothings we
take as companions to an
easy sleep. even easier dreams.
you like me.
just a bit.
maybe.
but that will
get us nowhere.
you live having
been hurt – those burns.
trust is elusive.
slippery. truly earned.
living one’s younger days
should not be in
sad recollection
but in anticipation
of tomorrow.
eager to seize the day.
more so to make momentos.
i can write the most
sullen lines but i
would rather you and i
remember the glad
things about sharing.
laughter at crotchety old
men at the concession
stand the first time we
saw a movie.
seafood by the pier
when that place was
new to me.
water falling crisply
in a narrow, hazy drop
on the flats of chantry.
i see no need to
list faults with you
or the scenario
between us.
if we cannot be.
if we should not
proceed.
you should know,
i still smile for
what has been.

5/13/17

0

i’m a fool with a wall
daft and tall.
i’m a fool for you
when remembering at all.
When the hour slows
keenly to a crawl and
i find myself wondering
why you aren’t here
laying with me,
breathing softly,
needing the simplest
things in life –
good, clean water.
a morning saunter.
each other.

duty calls.
obligations stall.
the daily race to ball
as though we all
had the gift
of gall to
make it at all.
does that even matter?
these trifles and baubles
that line our hall.
these cards we horde
where the check
may fall.
when all we seek
is wherewithal.

these silly pursuits
nothing when posed
next to you.
on this morn when
i can mull it through.
that nag railing
my heart, in truth,
teeters my mood
with symptoms
long overdue.
indicative of a fall.
it’s friday morning
already, and i’m
laying alone in bed.
a fool with a wall.

5/12/17

Your chair across the dining table sat empty. A reminder that, our hearts, like my appetite was arbitrary. These days of ours, given to fancy, cast over and through the net, like currency virtualized for the sake of economy. Saying I missed you would be faux pas. In the sense that we all have forgotten art. The old gods have fallen. Something, in living today, we knew. Our inbox, relentlessly, keeps calling. The likes, and dislikes, we eschew. That, in living, we embolden. Surely, my kind is dying if not dead. My pen, in strokes like recursive computing, is extant in metaphor only. When we lament our missed meetings as if our attempts at trying, an atavus rising – gave meaning to entwining. Booting the need from which we were bred. – sur le SE avec mon stylo parker

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Your chair across the dining
table sat empty.
A reminder that, our hearts, like
my appetite was arbitrary.
These days of ours, given to fancy,
cast over and through the net, like
currency virtualized for the sake of economy.

Saying I missed you would be faux pas.
In the sense that we all have forgotten art.
The old gods have fallen.
Something, in living today, we knew.
Our inbox, relentlessly, keeps calling.
The likes, and dislikes, we eschew.
That, in living, we embolden.

Surely, my kind is dying if not dead.
My pen, in strokes like recursive computing,
is extant in metaphor only.
When we lament our missed meetings
as if our attempts at trying, an atavus
rising – gave meaning to entwining.
Booting the need from which we were bred.

0

sleep learning…. – on the SE

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l'habit ne fait pas le moine…. – sur le SE

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je compte les heures…. – sur le SE

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6:00am glances in the
mirror leave me scathed with
thoughts of you.
everyday has been like a wraith
to my discretion, and I roll
on to paranoia with the
conviction of your mouth
to mine.

we can ask the world what this is.
the neurosis of loving
when we had no business of doing so.
no more rovings and meetings –
the makings of severance.

intolerance was ever free.
tell me, did you leave your
promises by the tree where we laid
and dallied for the months that
were never to be.

i am back from the dead –
west of eden on a side of paradise
that this hub of urban rock
praises to no end. i am bending
my pretenses to suit you insteading
of ending the charade that is us.
lust made its cue, went askew and fell
in constellation drops on you and the
few breaths drawn in lieu of our silohuetting
in this metropolitan view.

hold the moon and cry to the dawn –
sleepless yawns over the lawn
of bygone memories in the clouded
song of the morning.

never leave but stay only a while.
tiles of habitual self mockery
make me tense for your love and
takes the relief from my
tapered sighs – every line that found
a minute on the strand of our lost
smiles.

it is still a wasteland where we play
and hate our hampered humanity humming
humbly in our homes. it creeps. it leaps.
it is the last of my taunting.
it must be me pretending to be
free.

just remember in december when
i encumber you with touches sombre
that i wondered if we could
ever be.

7/8/01

It was never easy. Those easy soliloquies
made to appease the easiest parts of myself.
Truth be told. In every fold of easy wit
underlying the folded skits of your skirt.
These were the days of our lives.
The uneasy pleasure of your flesh pressed
with measure upon my protraction.
I protest. You laugh. A smile breaks between us.
An exacting of what we reckon to be.
You seize the day and I
the moment. I breathe as
you leave.

2/16/15

I tried to forget all about you.
Your steps traced on synaptic seams
pick stitched by what seems to be
memories of you.
It was neural yet static.
The cleft the same but a leap erratic
These hurdles in my head
a lonesome goal to you.
I am iota.
Struggling to cross the membrane
bound in regret of you.
To escape into inhibition
that I might, excited and frantic,
be pruned into insensate reflection of you.
I am through.
Charging in a flood of change
rushing away from you.
To find a state free and easy.
A place torpid – no longer pedantic.
I tried to forget all about you.

1/23/15

chimie du cerveau…. – sur le z1

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I saw me in you.
Catching moon rays in lieu
of golden days ripened with
the passion of night to lay.
I live a dream like you.
That a home could be crafted
by our hands with wood hewn
from this land long slumbering.
Waiting beneath our bare feet
on the grass where the
drowsy air has drafted.
I glance over at you.
Seeing the coalescing of
feelings that leaves my
breath captured yet not empty.
A reminder that I have yet
to truly touch you if only
you would let me.
I rise with you.
Slowly like the sun hitched
by the yoke of the evening
no longer daunted by
past misgivings.
Quickening as my
pulse gets when
stumbling
I fall for you.

1/10/15

those things that make us who we are
find time in the night sky
those things under our evening star
are less than that which makes you sigh
when at last you gaze afar
and see where we may lie

8/20/14

Your heart is your home as much as my own.
Somewhat dilapidated – somehow still standing.
The old columns in hardening now crumble as if letting go.
The chateau a surviving testament of our will.
These homes of ours were numb – silent in the wind.
The hearths witness to what we had to brace ourselves from.
Bitterness in the main hall.
Jealousy in the cellars.
Disappointment and embarrassment hid in the attic.
Those bedroom doors that locked the heart break
away from the love we shared in the foyer.
Somehow these things can still be felt.
Humming away in this Chateau Sept de Gables –
These hearts and homes of ours.
Something has been amiss.
Most often in the night, the stars hold us.
Kiss us with cool, silver tides of remedy bound
by sweet words that loosen the locks we set on the door.
Mostly during the day, the sunlight highlights the decay –
the garish paint peeling away from the sultry wood.
The wood that held our homes together.
The spirit that held the strength to rebuild –
to grow as though our roots were our souls and latched to the land.
These homes of ours that still stand.
We restored the halls so that laughter would echo again.
We opened the cellars so that we could share wine again.
We cleared the attic so that the noon sun could enter again.
We embraced the possibility that our hearts could break again.
That all we needed was for the other to fill the space
in our once empty homes.

5/3/14

These spots of time.
Like wine in my glass.
Holding that last incline
as pouring, sipping you
spilled your eyes
upon mine.
Line for line, you remind
me of me.
At least we are free.
No sign of that
uneasy feeling when
meeting someone
strangely like me.
No, tell me your
heart is as rampant
as ever.
Yes, let me take
your breather.
You can keep the
pulse going.
That
easy smile
of yours ever coupled
with mine in October.
This timeline is skewed.
Like a wreck of a train
you and I boarded.
In good faith we trusted.
In love we lusted for
that we could only
find in dreams that
curled around your lips
smiling in uncertainty
as I am writ from you.
Mind urging.
Body struggling.
Soul so taken
with you.
This freedom in writing.
This joy in being.
This fear in your eye
a wistful imagination
of mine.
Will such things in
time, slow as it is,
be just another line?
When you and I drenched
the evening sky.

5/2/14

Skewed we were skittish.
I needed perspective.
Something I lost in
moments entangled with you.
I needed your soul. To tell me I found
a bit of myself at last.
So, it’s true.
These moments I cherish.
A man. Glimpsing you from afar.
A woman. In her looking glass.
Who are you?
Ofttimes, it was me, falling.
Peering, as if demure; rising, as
if I knew.
Let me touch your rune.
That hazy portal beheld by
those we scorned.
As a pensive man, shorned.
As a woman, adorned.

2/15/14

The city is blue
according to you.

Try as some will.
Think as some are wont.

A town like this is full
of the clinically sane.

Ten blinks of Nystagmus
And I find that the rotation
of the world is inconstant.
A reflex from
loving you like this.

The sky is blue
for me.

I have nothing to lose.
I choose my fatalism
without
a clue.
If I knew, but Ido.
It is still you.

Place a bit of me
easy on your hips
as you take the
curl from my tongue –
Claiming that the
World is a folded
Piece of origami.

Side to side.

I had to kiss you
For the salvation
Of your insanity.

The moment is blue.

I enjoy the slow tease
Of making nostalgia,

The indescribable tango
Of tragedy and lovemaking.

Your smirk in the midst of it all.

How blue this city can be.

1999

it has always been you.

every time i feel myself falling.
every time i remember to be me.
the world is passing, and we are seen
in those moments when the
night is still in her infancy.

She, too, knows that it is you.
She knows of the ache, the pining,
and the keening.

it is still you.

i still wonder – often into the night.
i still find the restless chill of my
brow an old delight not worth
playing to.
pretending was never my
want or need
nor was pleading or
laughing untrue.

the night still mocks my
soul, and I will have you know
that I was always
so.

always thinking of the idea
of us.

the phantom smiles that hold your face
make my youth simplicity’s grace.
i am fallen from the cliff.
only half a man at times.
lift me, love, and forever know
that i have grown as much as i can
without you….

that i wish to grow old
with you.

10/14/2000

Elemental traces of soul
collide and smear upon the same.

Isotopes adrift and apart
in this atomic dream.

Masses moving through the rigors
of microcosmic space.

The exchange of thoughts the
traffic of nucleus and you.

I wish for sleep in the
hyperactivity of reasoning.

Such futility in wishing.

I hinge upon the light that shafts my mind
and detonate without regret.

6/4/99

Again it was in my thoughts.
The forensic of ambivalence.
Evidence of nostalgia.

Again it plied my thoughts.
The persuasion of kiss.
The scent of our afterglow.
The butterfly of our encapsulation
Flitting away on fey wings.
That need entwines our souls
Makes beautiful hypocrisy.
The restlessness of memory:
White calves inclined against
The closing of the bedroom door.

Again it was in my thoughts.
The shallowness of it all.
The ennui of forgetting.

11/1/98

save me. it is all you can do.
when the last of the lines are off
the glass we fall to sleep
like cherubs from the sun –
dimming our way through
the atmosphere.

your smile was ethereal
in my hazy and haughty
heaven, and I tried to fly
just above your wings
so I could see you skimming
the tapestry of earth
like my breath over your
bright shoulders.

we are getting older.
wiser.
waning.
wanting.
wishing that our sleep
was no necessity.
the white snow capped on
your visage is mirage and
mirrors my fancy…..
mocks my memory.

you were beautiful. I
always knew, but I could not
touch you until now.

until we both fell from
our long flight like abandoned
creatures in a wasteland, and I cried
for your help.

2004

~

~tribute (Araby)

That was a foolish notion I
Had entertained and memory
Will haunt beyond this childhood cry.
That I had raced with symmetry
Of soul and mind both tightly fused.
As one they raced with pounding heart
For beauty uncompared I mused.
To summon thought of her was art
And praises of that thought a hymn.
Love bordering idolatry.
Yet I to her was just a whim.
Now knowing in tranquility.
So scorned and mocked by vanity.
Her name no longer litany.

1994

~Cliff Perching~

Look to the sea my love.
See you not its’ vast dispassion.
Look to the cliffs which hang over.
Do they gather the waves that crash on?
Have you any inkling my dear
Of the purpose of seabird flight.
Have you seen many horizons
Or the silver of dark water at night?
Hear you not the rocky grumble
Of dreamy sleep in the depths?
Its’ gentle echo resound and heard
In private nooks and secret clefts.
Do sea serpents rear great necks
Or mermaids in these waves swim?
Does the antique mystery of deep waters
Persist in midnight dreams of men?
Look again, beloved, and wonder;
Is this corner of earth too calm?
Here you are in my embrace.
So held you’ll not see harm.
Together we stand, gazing at the sea.
Lips that mumble suddenly still.
Let me draw you closer to me.
Our yearning hearts each other will fill.
But the sea!… The sea is dully dead.
Its’ body at content rest.
Neptune will not raise his ire
To pound these shores will zeal and zest.
But hark!… See the darkening skyline?
Are those clouds like wind to mast?
What strange breaks in monotony.
O’ my sweet!… The sea’s alive at last.

(95)

~

Coquette

Inconstant, your definition bends.
My Lord. Your eyes. So brown. Condescends
My will and breaks my reverie. How?
I ask and why do I just now
Upon such revelation stumble chance on.

The bird is dead. My thoughts like white bread.
I said before, “My soul can be read”.
To those with interest in context.
Let not the outer form so vex.
My grave for you to dance upon.

(95)

~

Cyrano De Bergerac (Ferrer)

~
O’ Poet with soldier sword
And duty to soul adorned.
Of plays whom thou art lord
But yet thy features scorned.

A gentle soul so well hid
By attitude hard and manners aloft.
Were that veneer cast and rid,
T’would reveal a heart most soft.

Poor Monsieur De Bergerac.
What a jest indeed.
Of honour, thou dost not lack.
A loving heart thou dost not need.

Whom dost thou love?
Worthy of thy verse.
A maid the rest above
With beauty thee must curse.

Roxanne the fair:
The beauteous rose.
Her soul thy care.
Her mind thou hast chose.

Thee, that women most plain
Would mock and despise
Would prefer to bear the pain
Of loving a hopeless prize.

Love her not Bergerac!
Make in truth, not feign,
The friendship act
And sane thy will remain.

Dost Roxanne not view
Thyself as worthy and true?
Platonic glances are so few;
Be satisfied with thus in lieu.

Yet Roxanne to thee appeal
To win another’s heart.
Thine will to her’s kneel,
As thy soul wrenches apart.

D’Nobilette:
The dashing youth.
With eyes in blue set;
A soldier most couth.

Tis he Roxanne adores.
The bewildered man.
Tis he, as well, implores
Your aid to win Roxanne.

The love thou may uphold;
From thy breast unending spring.
Would not make thee so bold
As to refuse her gentle asking.

With laden mind, thou must embark
To make D’Nobilette shine.
Under guise, in cover of dark;
Roxanne thou wooed with words divine.

Thou hast achieved thy goal.
Roxanne now De Nobilette’s sweet.
At what cost? Thee only knows.
Her love only in dreams to greet.

So forlorn. To life despair.
A tear to past and misery shed.
When wings of war fly the air;
Now to death seek thee to wed.

Nobilette rides thy side
To clash arms ‘gainst foe.
There he falls to reaper’s tide.
His death Roxanne’s woe.

With final breath so weak,
He did ruefully admit.
The silent denials of heart speak:
Roxanne loved more thy charm and wit.

Then away he passed
To upper planes and fields unknown.
How pitifully Roxanne wept alas.
Her sorrow a mirror to thine own.

The years have turned
With hopes waiting to be.
Fourteen summers have burned,
Yet still she knows not thee.

Love unrequited. Silence its ward.
Long nights hast thou slept,
Thy hand on restless sword.
Longer days with thy secret kept.

Thine enemies conceive a plot
To finally cast thee down.
Your subtle wish at last begot;
The bells knell a bitter sound.

Delirious thou stumbles blind
To seek and find dear Roxanne.
The inflicted wound clouds thy mind
To clutch at breast with shaking hand.

Thou finds her in serene church.
Her visage the same as past.
She looks up to thy painful lurch
And holds thy falling body fast.

There upon her bosom in locket lay
The letter of thine own hand.
Without a glance thou recites away,
Word for word, thy heart’s demand.

Impending darkness maliciously cloaks
The final vision of thy lovely sweet.
If her eyes thee saw and sobbing choke,
Mayhap angels thou would regret to meet.

Roxanne does love at end.
Thy soul does she realize.
Thine spirit will never bend,
Thy love in her heart now lies.

Thus thee so dramatically dies.
In the arms of thy life’s love.
Laughing softly when thee flies
Into the embrace of heaven above.

(94)

~

~Do tell~

like an old boulder,
a dusty mantle,
tarnished silver,
played out metaphors,
well worn similes,
proverbs partial to partisanship,
phrases plied for platitudes,
and
then there is me.

like earth rising,
I grope through the strata.
earthly layers of my epidermal flesh.

I countdown to my final blessing in random order.

seven. vanity. I smile for hidden eyes.

six. envy. I seek to be a philistine.

five. gluttony. I would indulge exuberance herself.

two. sloth. Probably why I am already on two.

one. you. how else would there be this at all?

silence. slow, sweet silence for my soliloquy.

I rhyme therefore iambic….

I smile as should you.

(12/8/99)

~

~fermenting the evening sky~

Just take the wine from me
So I can taste your whisper.

Just leaving was so very easy-
Convictions blur. They blur…..

Just like the sheen of skin through MethyleneDioxy.
aMphetAmine and meth concur.

They swirl upon my track of undisputed melancholy.
To time I now defer.

The passing thought – I’m guilty.
Just stoned as sin I’m sure.

I’m stuck; just weighing heavily.
The sky down under.

I’ve lost my unity……
No time.
Less treason.

My death’s unseen son invites me.
What cornish games we play to rhyme.
A byte of reason.

Now pass the wine to me-
My eyes have yet to slur.

8/26/99

~

~for shame~

Plush.
So very plush, my love.
Your vial of vile
hangs loosely.
Your penchant for
ngen
Ta cy.
See?
It is the same with me;
With my wit and mind
And all that could not be.
For shame.
Decentered thoughts
cast concrete concepts
that fa
ll-
pulling me along.
Riding my hitch.

Itchy eyes.

Speckled by dirt.

Dragging a tear above
the rising ruckus of
my cigarette.

My sin is pretending
that this matters.

Yours is knowing
of mine.

….still nothing.

We rise from sleep
to fall
asleep.

11/2/99

~

~happy to forget~

Tear my letter.
Unmake the insignia of my name.
Do not wait for me as I march blindfolded.

The orbit of my pen on the planet of our dream.
Fallen Eden.
Rising sin evolving and spinning –
Making me dizzy.
Driving me underground.

The metrics of my entombing become more than the measure of six.
It implies a sleeping and remembering; a waking and forgetting that
Leaves me
White.

Stark to the black of my past
And the blue of my crimes yet
Browning the casket panels of my lids.

My eyes seek the world.

6/21/99

~

Mystic Cellulose

Might trees be given slower speech
Than that which blood possesses in
A manner human and of flesh.
Yet the soul of wood does manifest,
Mature and strong, a sublime effect.
For such ambition runs deep in
All beings reaching and finding,
Inexorably, the far sky.

(99)

~

i lay etherized.
that morning my bio readings were fine.
my heartrate was perfect.
my bloodpressure – fine.
sagittal lines were drawn
for precision incision.
i was to be deconstructed.
i was to be arbitrary for six
hours.
6 hours of numbness.
6 hours of insensation.
6 hours of twilight.

i lay like a by-product
of you and society,
and i could not move
to get away.

i was michelangelo’s brood,
and in the cauterization
i was the anthropomorph.
see my form?
whisper your approval.
give me your wetness
for a keepsake and i will
cherish you forever in the
deadened designs of the ether.

i lay etherized,
and i thought only
of the garden.

~

grasping at seams.
stitches that mean nothing
when i save them.
a rag and rhyme
that hitches my disarray.

fey, love, just fey.
the lining on your
stocking makes
a silver canteen
of me.
i yearn to press my
wit…..

my wit, that is…
let me whip out my wit..

to press against your hip.
let it stay there.
soothed by your discretion.
the indiscreet tuning of
your mind.
let it stay there
until it gyrates.
until we inundate the
wellspring of who we are
with sleeping pills
and whispers goodnight.

~

here is the void.
a choice cut of misery.
fallen blue and chanced on green.

ever see the unseen dance naked on your table?

unstable me and dizzy you.
like angels at the bar.
far and few in between…

your thighs sizing up
my entry.
dipping into you
was frozen fear
of my own
soul.

don’t you know?
we grow on fancies
and pretend fallacies –
denying the world of
our precious precociousness.

we knew long before.
before the fall.
before the slip.
before lips like ours
found each other.

look for me, love.
find me and let
me know that i can
breathe again.

~

~we are they~

they came upon the evening
too late.
hands held in the lamppost light.

a line had formed-
melding with the side
of the building.

willing themselves on,
they grabbed the tail.
victim to the whole.

almost whores.

the stale shade of winter
made them swoon.
too soon into the night.
too early for the tuxedo
black and trite.
too gaudy was
her gown.

much to our delight.
we mocked them in the banality
of our scorn.
we locked them in unseen
cages and threw the key
to the mob.
we stocked our cellars with
cruelty and dispensed
our wine for laughter.

our smirks made us divine.
we could judge the crime
of originality in
our world matted in gray.
we knew they were not
to be like us,
and we loved our
industries and made
effigies of them.

they were no longer at the end
of the line.
they were part of the draconian body.
they laughed to each other.
they covered the others face with kisses.
they left and moved away.

the line healed itself.
stitched by the constituency
of conviction –
my comrades at arms.
urban bass and lyric.
pop and blue rhythm.
the body was strong again.

we made demons of the
shadows cast by they
who left.
must it be right and just?
they were almost whores
like us

~

there is damsel distress on your dress.
the train is coming and I am
waxing.
growing bold as should every bard
coming of age on
metropolitan grounds.
it sounds and knells
what delphi fortells:

so oedipus, antigone and us
are blind and bound to masquerade as such.

pacific pacification and
transcontinental transcendence
bearing down on us.

I can feel the rumble shaking
in the fold of the horizon –
a mechanical, urban beast ready to devour.
I can feel the coils taking
too long to spring (too trivial) – on course.

All magic is tragic.
That makes me a thaumaturge.
A sigh escapes me.
A tongue warped by wisdom.

I have to let you go.

a villan is laughing somewhere
and the train is on the go.
i should unbind you for
the conservatists and the droll.

no miracles today. I could not save you,
because I let you go.

~

escher spires in the dusk.
flowing in and back and up.
architecture that must
make me mad
with
this endless toil
of finding reason.

like finding you.

syncopated you.

predestination is a skullcap to creativity.
and I’ve created you
strand by wispy strand.

a route of mimicry.
I am a creature like you.
Wilde told me to say so
for the sake of art-
decadence in our need
to flatter beyond
convention.

wider than the mock seas we have
placed between and before us.

hushed in the lining of our
need for old
nouveau.

break my heart now or
never lie again.

~

we swim in the dim
of hallowed settings.

the sun has run and
the argo moorings
are no longer needed.

stiff iron –
the ferris wheel
of lacquered seals
on equine heels.

round and round we laugh.
did you want the buggy?
the idle shoe?
the circular path so lovely
in gold, green, and
blue?

let me kiss you with my eyes.
my lips will not reach from
here – from the
white horse.

no, your mermaid body,
run through by a carnival
spear, is just as quick
as my trusty steed.
need will not close
the gap.
we believe in running,
in circling, in cycles
attuned by fancy.

we believe in the brush and pen –
stabbing ourselves with art.

up and down and again.

if you knew how my white horse
thrilled at the chase.
wooden sinew with a soul
carved from that which
made us all.
your laugh blinds you.

~

Aloe caresses fall on her skin.
The dermatology of mythology.
Midway down her length,
Iridescence scales my eye.
Maritime and so sublime-
“Bring me to the waters.”

She was climbing like a phantom.
Trapped in something unlike altitude.
She could not breath or voice.
Her hair and neck moist.
I was crying to see her like so.

A shrine was waiting for the old world chemistry.
The alchemy to make her like me-
Foolish and proud
And eager for death by sophistry.
We were all lied to.
Her most of all.
Enthralled by love.
Now I was just afraid –
Deathly scared of dying too early or of
Natural causes.
All my doing would not be mine.
All that should have been mine might not be.

Faltering. Flailing. Fucking my psyche.

She drank the last the blue,
Took the final due from my
lips.

Dying and drowning in our air.

~

acropolis.
high and fortified.
i make way through the milling of the city proper.

stiletto jabs on the pavement.
what marked lines
that shoes define.
You mocked me on the corner
with the small of your back
pressed against the wind.
You and i rubbing the 3 feet of
metaphorical space between us.

only briefly.

properly.

friction dealt a neurotic hand.

it seems i do this every morning
on my way to the parthenon.

…and the fall of sharp heels
drag that thought way behind
the round small of my head and neck.

You and i passing.
like ancient metropolitans in the
morning cast of drones.

~

I say that we hold our arms akimbo.

Brace ourselves in the sun’s fading rays.

Whisper, “I am sorry.”

So sorry.

Je suis un imbecile sot.

Reaching for flowers with soiled hands.
My lovely dahlia.
I wish you would not turn away so.
My condolences.
I know of my soul.
My fallen columns and crooked rows.
I know…I know…I know.
So what now?
Can I leave a trace of who I am on your pillow?
Where I traced my face once before?

Soiled dreams.

My lovely flower.
Your hands are so cold.

11/23/99

~
It’s blue like the moon in my sultan seas,
and I float and gloat on memories of thee
in trees with bees about your knees.

Aphrodite of my tongue – seashells if you please.
Rising from the ocean – tang on your breath.
What’s left in the musty dialogue between our souls.

If what was and what might be were any indication of
this then we could be free in the ever flowing words
in the old molds of cold rhymes and stanza folds.

What made me do this?
What makes you tick?

If I could but touch that one place
where we meet then I might not
be so crazed at the very thought
of going back – back to the delays
and forays and neurasthenics
that drive me from sleep
and keens at your every
turn.

I burned our pictures, tore the
core of our keepsakes and let
the ash flake into nothing
on the rug of our mistake.

I would like nothing more than
to quit. Sit like a catatonic
on the edge of dull wit. Flit
in the stream of my inward river
of affirmation kits and meet you
by the broken curbs of dim lit
minds. I laugh. We often laugh
at situations like this. Without
remiss and without recourse.

Think again, love.

Of course, I am free.

~

i wanted nothing but the skins.
deep within my fettered whims.
all over again –
your eyes on mine and lost time.
nothing foretold this from the first
time we met. nothing means this
when we fall to forget
in each others arms like sunset.
like nothing i have felt
in all these years. i cannot bear
the thought of this.
another red consumed by flame
and names and faces called
by blame. sadness smells of smoke
and look at us now – no longer smiling,
no longer enamored by something new.
old before our time but trapped in
the old ways that trend the young
lives we live. i am so sorry.

i would bleed as i have done many
times before from need.
let out the passions and angst
that makes me the man i am.
a long river of red like the endless
miasma sparked from crime and creed.
if we could walk the earth like
children and make ourselves free.
but no, we talk of saturn in Jupiter’s
phase and daze the last of sunlight
with marzen and grammar fit for
our grandparents.

if our signs were any indication of the
designs of our intention then we
could embrace with your face to mine.
running your fingers over the
shade of my demeanor.
your thighs an Elysée
for my pompous return to
humanity. i feel you even
keener. even when i see the
devil in your skirt. the succubus
in your smile……the incubus of
my heart. selfishness and the subtle
hypocrisy of sacrifice. it would be unfair
for me to kiss you again and say that
it is authentic like my smile.

…and all the while we wait for something
that may never come, that may never be in
the decadent rules of our denial and
diffidence. i feel short of breath.
and the fall of your hair is death
to my need to be generic like
some Tychoon in Passo’s parallel – easy
like the flapper
manual in my uneasy hands.
i can almost trip and fall to the floor
with hands clasped to a God i never
trusted. if i could but see you
again in the salt and searing
blear of my guilt, i would tell
you that i wished we were stars in
a constellation full idyllic pastures
that held nothing but the fruit of
our entwining.

nothing ever held me long or consistently.
i could never sell the parts of me that were
the most desirable. it falls to you to make
me pliable in the lasting rigidness of who
i chose to be. if you could see what i wished we could. the stars and
the old hills still untouched, the last of lucy’s shade
in the flowers by ancient cottage doors….and what for?
we only see the moist catch of iconoclasts like us.
though we do nothing for change, we change
everything.

6/24/2001

~

sitting across from you.
velvet between us.

thrusting through the feathered fold
i am cold. emotionally myopic
i am told.
shaved ice. soft and not yet old
has slid down forming
our union.

the brim of my cup steals my smile.
the eyes – bewildered by caffeine, domesticated by cream;
teems and leaps at hush of your surprise.

be with me.

can we be?

five years of this and i
find that i might forget
if you do not see
the idea of us…the notion of
trust.

breathe.

sidewalk cafes always predicate
situations like this and i
feel the pedestrian
rhythm of your breath
saddling my own.

can we be?

2/1/00

~

~The Eleventh Hour~

The eyes persist to fold the flesh within
The broadness of imagination’s space.
Perhaps it is the space from brow to cheek.
Perhaps it is the fall from sense to sleep.
Or maybe just the frequencies of night,
Thus captured in the cricket’s chimed reprise,
Which mellows the ambivalence of this
Conundrum nailing its way far too deep.
This thought of light most often in the night,
The paradox of stillness in dream flight,
Rebellious breath that stirs the comatose,
Diurnal route like the dichotomy
Of saints and fiends, like Siamese, conjoined;
And I am but a shade away from twelve.

10/5/98

~

here is the void.
a choice cut of misery.
fallen blue and chanced on green.

ever see the unseen dance naked on your table?

unstable me and dizzy you.
like angels at the bar.
far and few in between…

your thighs sizing up
my entry.
dipping into you
was frozen fear
of my own
soul.

don’t you know?
we grow on fancies
and pretend fallacies –
denying the world of
our precious precociousness.

we knew long before.
before the fall.
before the slip.
before lips like ours
found each other.

look for me, love.
find me and let
me know that i can
breathe again.

1995

grasping at seams.
stitches that mean nothing
when i save them.
a rag and rhyme
that hitches my disarray.

fey, love, just fey.
the lining on your
stocking makes
a silver canteen
of me.
i yearn to press my
wit…..

my wit, that is…
let me whip out my wit..

to press against your hip.
let it stay there.
soothed by your discretion.
the undiscreet tuning of
your mind.
let it stay there
until it gyrates.
until we unundate the
wellspring of who we are
with sleeping pills
and whispers goodnight.

1995

Amidst the fallen words that
lie between us,
Your dry lips pick through
the old remedies.
The panacea soaked in blood.
The skit of your skirt,
The upward turn of your bust –
Indemnities
Against my back moving farther
away from you.

Drifting was ever the style.
Moving through you ever so
lovely in design.
Silver watches and
vintage wine.

All I ever wanted to do
was share the sky
with you for a while.

You speak of trenches
and winters
in the steadfastness of
our summer.
When lines and love
was our little urban
renaissance.

The mirror and glass
that made follies of
our attempts at
pedestrianism.

We were both
too unhappy for that.
You were playing the ingenue
with hardly a clue
about me.

About sangria, peacock plumes,
and vanity.

Pride aside,
I hope you never share
our sky with anyone
else.

Bye.

2001

(… twin peaks)

Things like you matter when people like me exist.
Is it a thing that makes time?
A time to make a thing?

Freedom is forbidden when we cry like draconian lovers;
Hurt like martyrs kissing the children of others.

Look at me.

Far fetched.
Far from freedom.
Far into the night that freezes me alive.
Far gone.
Far too much into this.

[Rush. Go fast and lame and soil ourselves
yet that is the only recourse.
Like forest rings and elves.
The faery in our discourse.]

I see you in strange moments.

You are beautiful,
And I am wicked to say so.

2001

(… porcelain)

i’m was looking for you. wanted
to tell you about the stars
before they go. the night under
her lazy robe.
so beautiful.
the satin and still, the little
cotton balls trimming the urban
pillow. how we sleep and dream
the last of jealous dawn away
til last night makes a small
echo in our waking breaths.
so beautiful.
the afterglow. the first
kiss hello. the slow roll
of california. tell me you
know of this. my letters for
every sigh, for every place we lie.
i wanted you to know that
not everything was careless
design. that the moment
walks with me ever.

2002