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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 joining 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 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 the 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

why would the stills of you
still mock me? i was looking
out through mahogany frames
made inane by the candor of our
tree.
maples spiral from time
to time and we begin
on cycles bred by long lapses
into the melancholic sublime.
taking slow reach. at least we
find little comfort in sleep.
we find a little infinity
amidst our fall.
keats we kin.
we mary shelley.
where have you been?
drying high on some
seam made mad by insomniac
stitching?

2002

moving through the spell of time.
i’m ensnared.
confused.
not wearing my jacket of rhyme
so well.
please tell the midnight to come
of what to bring to my sleep.
a moment with you
without the walls.
frigid with heat
in the evening calls.
i breathe quickly.
thinking of the possibility.
the dream of us
in the slow champak ardor
of what we seize.
the circle and ring
of our infinity.
the forever hills
where we may sing.
everything has an ending
yet i sleep the dream
of beginning.

2004

I had a dream of us
in some dystopia.
Far flung.
These scenes and scapes
with you and I.
Yet so close
I can touch the brooding
frown upon your face.
So still I chase
this dream
until waking it seems
I can only hold on
another short moment
where a multitude of meaning
encumbers and escapes my
half waking reverie.
Your smile.
Your lips.
Your dismissal
of my soul.
Was it only that?
That play meant
to play out in
the brief entwining
between us.
I could not sleep,
and when I did
it was to see you.
In every waking moment,
a reminder of you to
embrace in slumbering
bliss I knew.
I will leave
with you.
Into that soft
goodnight we
always spoke of.
Into that gentle
evening full of
promise.
Full of us.
Were we just
in our younger years?
Where we could
claim you and I
with reprise.
Over and over
again.
That brilliant halo
upon your brow
a reflection of the
gentle remiss
of my lips
that find yours
again soon enough.
In our dystopia.
On this surreal journey.
In this I have
found you
at last.
Only to lose you
to the dawn
sighing succinctly –
quick in its fancy
when breaking the
fast of my ardor.
I miss our chats.
I miss hearing you breathe.
The temperament
of your affectation.
I can only say this once.
I should have been true
instead of the wastrel
of intent that left us rent,
jaded and spent.
Now we both
trudge with hearts
too heavy to bear.
With souls walled
too high to hear.
I wish these
lessons
in love
would not scorn me so.
I wish I could leave
a bit of myself in
a spot of color
that catches your eye.
In the moist scent of
dew as you inhale
the morning air.
In the lay of the
nightingale thrush
keeping these surly lands.
In the subtle mote of lime
colluding secretly
in your sangria.
In the brush of felt
on your velour robe
as you wrap
yourself goodnight.
As we slip and
sever our ties
in this dystopia
where I loved
you at
first sight.

11/19/13

It was very likely trüe.
Being mad about you.
But you are just that.
And very likely more.
Those brazen days you and I
sculpted the sky from the
whispers between our lips.
These dreams of you and I
slipping free of the venus
bound in between your hips.
The fury of desire only
cooled by the embrace of
your thighs.
I was not mad at you.
Just that you confound me.
Enveloped in confusion.
As I find clarity in coming.
You are so very likely.
Fuck yoü.

3/15/14

probable…. – sur le z1

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We made things for one another.
Things of livelihood.
The bastion of our folly.
Our intentional fall.
Into that we always shunned.
Could I live with you?
A task my heart adores.
Would you be with me?
As though we rowed the shores.
Your every sign.
My listless rant.

Your ego on my door.
As before, my love for you
is no more…
Then why do I still engrave
every line with this?
This sullen force
that makes me pine.

3/24/14

improbable…. – sur le z1

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Bien que je l'ai encore…. – sur le nex6

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les accoutrements de voyage médiocre…… – sur le 5s

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~circus nights~

my clown is lovely when she is cracked…..tightroped and lipped to
shear her own lungs…. my clown is lovely when she is cracked……
caustic and clitted to her own tongue.

my clown is fallen and away.
she is cracked.
she is bleeding.
she is in the carnival eye.

the ringmaster’s whore that i adore.
she is far and away.
clown makeup so fae and fey-
a tear streaking as it may.

spectate. see her?
inside the ring – the hub of her thing.
my clown is so adorable when
she is
cracked.

~

who’s that?

prattling on the silver shore….paddling my
aquatic whore….the wind may play a sultry
mix…spin like veils 7 times removed from
licked lips….if only they would ease my
broken harp….strung like carcasses upon the
door

~

you
mock….lock…stock….load……shoot…….
white rum over your silly, presbyterian
dress……elmer’s glue in between the
toes……have you a hankerchief,
dear?…silly me…..let me reload
~

as it was meant to be…..tygers and lambs and
cosmic trees….collision forbode and
separation fortold……what’s right and
wrong, vintage and old……i have been sold
long before this…… the devil’s
advocation is not remiss on my soul and
kiss…..if wishes flew on wings like
this…then to hell’s womb would i drift…..

~

Most days are like Monday….slow and
fey…..in stone we lay. Fingernails on the
underside of our boat to hell, but oh well.
Wish me well, my clown. We cannot sell the
vibrance of intent to the crowd. Shrouded as
we are. Lauded for our speech. Let us teach
the folly and hypocrisy. Then, perhaps, we
would not wish for death so keenly…..

~

akimbo paradoxes like you and me……dawn and
dusk…..standing high when the sun hung
low….you and me…..each on the other’s
whisper…and I knew….as we flew…drawn to
flesh…..gouged by our
syncopation….abruptly….fallen….pull down
the shade so we may lay

8/2000

on 12/8/2000 she wrote:

>From: “Bob Inurelap”
>To: brandedblue@hotmail.com
>Subject: “Love..love will keep us together..”
>Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2000 22:38:22 -0000
>
>
>
> Hi..my name is Tsui Monkey and I’m an alcoholic.
> It started at birth. My momma monkey, left my
> daddy for a big gorilla. I was then tossed about
> from palm tree to palm tree. I eeked out a miserable
> existence in the forest. Eating from furry hand to furry mouth.
> I was beat up and abused for years by a gang of rabid,homosexual
> chimps. I ran away to the city, where I lost myself.
> Alone, I found myself in bars. Lonely, hairy and flea ridden.
> I began drinking heavily. Turning to female street performing
> monkey girls. You know..the ones that do it for money.
> I found a job with the circus. It was there that I found
>salvation.
> The answer to all my prayers.I was riding a bike..while standing
>on my head.
> She was wearing a big red nose. Red curly wig. The most
> beautiful clown I have ever seen in my life. I was instantly
> smitten, bitten by a love bug with fangs. After our act, we
> would meet, late at night. Behind the elephant cages. And while
> the smell was overbearing..it had little effect on us. Steamy
> nights in the hay..over and over. Our love grew like wild weeds
> and dandelions..high and plentiful. She would whisper sweet
> nothings in my ear..and I, oh I would spout verse. Our souls..
> salsa danced. Our passion..was like a Ricky Martin video born to
> life.
> I asked for her hand one hot, smelly night..and she said yes.
> It was the happiest day in my life..the happiest night.
> We kissed as one. Monkey and clown. I heard Captain and Tennille
> playing in my mind..I heard Lionel Ritchie, and Celine Dion.
> The next day. Oh god. The next day. It was a normal routine.
> My clown was on the high wire. She was tightrope walking..like
> she’d done a million times before. She was so beautiful. Those
> shoes..that hair. She looked over and smiled at me..I was
> driving a little car. It was then I saw her lose her balance.
> She teetered..back and forth for a second and than fell..
> like a 100 pound sack of bricks.
> She fell until she couldn’t fall anymore. Until she was
> a flat..red..stain on the earthen floor of the big tent.
> I cried that night..I cried, and drank. I drank myself into
> oblivion. I was fired from the circus. I wandered aimlessly
> on the streets. I drank myself into the hospital.
> I missed my clown so much I didn’t want to live.
> In the hospital I met a psychiatrist. He ran many tests on me.
> Including the Rorschach test..and I saw her. A red ink spot on
> the white flash card..MY CLOWN. It was then I knew..I needed to
> change..I needed to get better….that night in my sleep,
> I heard it..The Captain and Tennille..singing. I knew
> it was her, and I knew what I had to do..
> My name is Tsui Monkey..and I’m
> an alcoholic..
>

… and I replied the same night:

red inkblots on the card make remarkable scenery.
it is unnecessary beauty on top of beautiful abstraction.
i found her in the miasma of psychiatric interpretation.
the clown.
the silly clown.
blotting out my sanity.

i was in the Thurber carnival.
it was daunting, alien…carnal.
nights at the circus were
never like this.
without remiss in the burlesque.
there was no hope
that it would ever end.
asphyxiation from
hyperbole threatened at
every bend – sending
suffocation from
three rings.
there she was.
prancing about singing
the harlequin chant
in the cacophony of air horns.
i saw this mordantly:
the smudge of mascara,
the caustic red of her lips,
the well formed bridge of her nose
under the circus cherry.
she swayed a seven veiled dance
in caricature shoes.
i felt myself rising at
something that should
have made me wince
in the womb.

my sense of the world
was less firm than ever-
a tomb of viscera
that choked my resolve
to breathe.

……yes.

“So what do you see?”, my psychiatrist whispered.

“A kidney…that’s all.”

I could breathe again.

Those quiet trees in our range murmur
a lament to those requiems we utter
when passing solemnly under the
shade cast by our favorite maple.
Remembering the spring we shared
by the brook where we cast stones
too light with our laughter into
the ponds of our copse copacetic with
the smiles of summer’s ripples.
Your dappled coat. My wool scarf.
Those accoutrements we saved for fall.
That we might, to playfully spite,
the bronze days before old man’s winter.
Frosting the air between us with
the breath of shared desire.
A longing for ever.
And when again I walk this glen,
I swear I live the moment with you as then.

12/5/14

You must be sleeping.
A quiet angel breathing softy beneath the covers.
I wonder if those dreams that take flight at these later moments,
crossing the boundaries of distance with impunity
might be a place, lovely and pithy,
where you and I could meet.
Where I can gaze into your eyes.
Would that not be sweet?
A brief moment buried in eternity.
One that memory would keep fresh when waking
you see the morning sun, golden and smiling,
from your bedroom retreat.
One that desire would compel us, embolden and anxious,
to fleetingly pass the day until again we see
the evening dusk spread out like an umbra sea.
‘Til again we find those wayward dreams to greet.
Would that not be sweet?

11/7/14

dear sky,

i slept last night flying through you. smiling
slightly and flocking a flight of thoughts too much
to hold. so bold the notion of skimming this
ocean would make these weary wings fly to write
such verse this morning.

gliding quickly in a world shifting and thinking
of us in a union uplifting. seeming soaring this
ideal roaring the voices from my breathing whisper.
this no journey of careless yearning that any man
as i should blindly venture.

ever me and such as you could shake the center
from such cold winter. into spring we laughing
sing and hope eternal for our summer. would this
be real in falling prayer we kneel with hymns made to
keep us forever?

please, if you will heed us well the moments still
made to come whenever. tell me yet the clouds to
haze the last of our fell weather will demand that
clever words are needed never. in disarray my words
will ever be full of feeling for you i’d rather.

should i fail and questing trail behind the stars
i implore might snicker. too many sighs to match.
too much would flicker yet still i hope to meet
in your eyes the spark that inspires wonder.

hills too green and rocks too hard may cut our
vision asunder. from your full kiss and arms around
would i cherish a sweet reminder of what might
be us entwined in slumber. from this now, my
lovely sky, would you know my answer?

5/25/2005

i didn’t sleep well last night without your morning
kiss to greet me as i seek the cold air outside the
covers. whatever the mood could have been better with
you to strum my slant eyed waking with the hum of your
lips i can never graze too soon.

if not for the thought of hills almost too green and
left unseen for the while we styled our embraces after
races from the valley dream. almost
seeming too unreal, i feel the creek speak to me cheek
to your cheek and the waters rush unchecked to the
court of our yard overlooked by the balcony.

would you mock the current of my thought often sparked
by the incandescent filament never spent or stocked by
any but me as it is true just for you? too many
restless days fall into play in the brooding of the
past at last, and bring that soothing breath that i
breathe today.

lovers stay wicked with the spite of spurn
grind their roots and pale away under the
falling sticks of sentinel trees that seize the last
of their envious tricks and overshadow the last of
what they may.

under the noon of such a boon, our garden takes life
raking the dead dirt into being where once ill will
lurked and now lies too vicious to unearth. just
in time, roses bloom and assume colors too wild, too
soon and i am near stricken with visions of
me in black and white on you.

i miss you so and with a heart beating
innocent, young and true.
if ever i endeavored, it was for you in lines
and stanzas i always knew
when stammered for sooth.
come to me and i to you. could
you smell the love i brew?

4/12/2004

be as it may.
a woman’s forte
is this:

bliss.

not for the chauvinist.
nor for ventriloquists.

say for me
and i will say for you.
regardless of sex.
royal like rex you may come.
red carpets and drum.
lull my eyes
and milk my rum.

why?

i’m a man
who can only love
a woman.
be she terror to patriarchs
or thighs spread to a victory arch.
be she steeped in tongues
or naive, unmarked, undone.
sweet and unsound.
lost and remaining unfound.
drown my voice and touch me wet.
naked and free, we are we.
please don’t
Forget.

10/8/99