there is no place
quite like the other

each valley
each plain
each mountain
each plateau

each
with its own
land forms
life forms
weather
and light

encased in a shared
halo of air

we are binding this earth in asphalt.

binding
and branding
we block the night sky
with our signs.

from
above
we look
like fire

dad wore hats

June 19, 2017

not when he should have

on a cold bright day
he would call out
where is your hat?
while the wind played
in his hair.

nor the way he should have

it was always
crunched atop his head
by a nephew or daughter
running around our backyard
at a picnic.

nor what he should have

into the dewy night
the adults would sing
heads touching in harmony
dad smoking a Chesterfield
wearing a bonnet.

be the embracer

February 14, 2017

Love I

love is a choice
do not wait for one’s embrace
be the embacer

 

photo by: Harvey Edwards

plastic piece on Earth

December 19, 2016

Image result for cartoon of trump

 

T is for titillating trash talk,tarnished tales for tabloid takers
R is for reckless reprehensible ridiculous racist repugnant rhetoric
U is for ugly upsetting unbelievable utterings
M is for maniacal misogynist mad malicious moronic mannerisms
P is for putrid pompous pubescent prattle /this ain’t no shtick,he’s a pri–!

 

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nine was was

September 11, 2015

It seemed a time of respect.

Skies were skies,
no chalky lines.

Only bird, cloud
flag.

Booty and bullets
vanished.

Terrorism was not yet
entertainment.

Reflection and restraint
a  brief national value.

Never to return,

We lived briefly
in the eye of a blood storm.

hubris
greed
denial
myopia
dereliction
disinterest…

he is a coward

August 26, 2015

he once stopped by
and promised to resolve
my shattered bones.

he dried my tears,
placed a candle in my heart,
with no flame.

he proclaimed,
I will never abandon you.
then he left.

he left to have sex
with violence
like John Wayne.

he showed up
again, but never
returned.

 

2006 RV 4/17

until

November 11, 2014

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until there are no soldiers
we have all died in vain

speaking with tongue

August 8, 2013

We rationalize:
it’s a jungle out there.

We possess the language
to scaffold a lasting peace.

Yet we continue to speak
only reptile.