Night Life

From my  window   a sliver of  moon casts a haze over the water and I listen to the  rush of soft waves. Those  creatures beneath the depths,  do they sleep,  dream?  If  parted do they grieve?  Down the street  I can see  lights from  an all night store, a man stands behind the counter.  Cautiously he  slips his hand under his jacket and takes a long swig from a  bottle.   A group of young thugs gather outside the storefront.   I imagine them  harming the storekeeper.  Distracted by the young whore taking shelter in a doorway,  they laugh and whisper. Oblivious to her vulnerability she sleeps as though she has never heard of  birds of prey that swoop down with jagged talons hungry for butchery.   I watch closely in case I need to call out a warning  but losing interest they disappear into the dark.
Maybe nothing is real, maybe   everything I see and hear is all in my head.  I lose focus on my outside world and the burn of you stings relentlessly just below the surface.   I want to sleep forever not give a damn about you.  

 

 

 

Sand Castles

A knife blade of coast

line  separates us,

the stagnating scent of mangrove

fills my nostrils and the sediment

of time seeps ashore to sink

slowly into porous sand.

 

 

If I could I would take you high

into velvet skies where stars

form a swaying Ferris wheel.

 

Be a comet in my palm until

the night surrenders to the sun.

At low tide I build our castle

in my cove of madness where

again and again I watch their walls

wash out to sea,

this home I have constructed

where no one lives.

 

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Common Ground

He doesn’t know why she hurts,  what she is thinking,  he is not adept at examining   those fine points best left in the pit of her belly.   Her  thoughts are dangerous bells,  once rung they can’t be silenced. For him the final line is the closing, for her it is profound sadness.

 

 The heart can fall like a suicide

spiral down like the shade of

midnight deserts

  cold as petals on an icy lake

a flowing grave of dreams

an echo chamber of pain

Let my tongue flirt like

a butterfly among

wildflowers

rather than polish my scars

debride my wounds.

 

 

 

 

of gods and monsters

The clouds above  are soft and the red earth sighs with  the far off chant of  natives,  pure and natural.  Now we are a hard place of  frozen sidewalks and rails of  trains that rush on like flocks of panicked geese. Their cold  box cars  carry the forgotten  to Portland and unknown destinations where men in fine suits, their eyes lit with cruelty,  sit behind vintage desks.  We  have forgotten  the sweet breeze of a summer downpour,  the call of a  whippoorwill,  everything beautiful that begs us to look up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wolf

My frozen  window looks out on the  ivory banks,  its panes bow rhythmically to winters harsh breath. I am sleeping less,  roused by wing beats of a Boreal Owl huddled beneath a gray mound of Spanish moss,  his clutch a tangle of talons piercing the branches bark. When I sleep fists of cold gusts erupt through the cracks of dried walls breaching my seclusion with dark recollections that vibrate my hemispheres into consciousness . Past the valley,  over a hillside,  evergreens fill with moonlight and I lie down on a star streaked forest floor beside a gray wolf who is the scent of golden wheat. He  watches me through eyes of silver rivers and to our east the frozen sky is crimson.

 

 

 

Animal

Most of us have experienced it.

Unrelenting obsession that defies reason.

Denying its existence we shut down

its pathway, deprive it of oxygen,

shiver in the dark only to discover

it thrives on the night beneath

translucent veils that ignite

and inflame the  fire of desire.

 

 

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woman

Put to rest Adam’s story,  a myth written  by  forty men of diverse background over the course of fifteen hundred years and followed by the clergy for centuries.  We bow our heads to  patriarchal rule,  a not so thinly disguised tide of misogyny beginning with Adam’s lassitude.  Many of us  have forgotten who we are,  accept that if we are brutalized it is our fault.  Brutality is about power not lust.
As long as time
she has endured
thundering boots on
feathered feet that soft
as moonlight dance beneath
the dominion of praise or condemnation.
Her words, intrepid sprouts
taut as the curve of a bow held back
reveal her power,
he sees it in her eyes.
 
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The Children’s Table

On  special occasions  I like to sit at the children’s table. No one cares if I play with my food, push it about my plate, deliberately let the peas slide over the edge.   The big table is  life, the grown-ups too  loud,  consuming  too much, exchanging secrets they regret having shared.  Rough hands grab a breast or thigh,   wine slipping down their chin, whores for the most delectable meat.   When they are full it is time for  grown up talk,  educated conversation,  try to keep it clean, it’s too humiliating to be asked to leave.   They are fine if I sit at the small table,  there are too many things that I remind them of.

 

 

 

 

Slow Shot…by Gurkski

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Two  glasses sit before me. One breathes brandy  and a friendly pond  of water rests in the other.  After dimming the lights, I smoke a cigarette, close my eyes and meditate on the state of the world and why the Dalai Lama always smiles.

I stretch ,  caress the brandy glass and let my nostrils make first contact with the sharp scent  of the spirit,  roll the brandewijn  in my mouth.  When the burn begins pure water rinses down my disoriented tonsils. I pay mute homage to Pindar’s water is the noblest (hydor men ariston). I rest for half a stretched out minute.  Allowing another shot my tongue jumps tipsily. I let the glass of water rest.

I lower my  lids now,  communicate with the jinn in the bottle of brandy:  my sweet friend, where have you come from to dance down  my tongue and make my mind swirl like a harlequin in spring?  Of course there is no answer, I must take another sip, dip my tongue in the pond of fire, then I can hear you sing. ” Master, I grant you free three shots  before you’ll start to feel the pain of my company”.

I take my shot, followed by a gasp.  My jinn moans low and soft and snuggles up and starts to caress me and she gets wet from tears of lust. I court her with a spray of harvest colors in my voice,  red,  golden and brown, the yellow and the dark. I relax. “You  need more, I know,  and I will feed you candied pearls of life”.  I like  how you touch my mind and how the liquid shape of you melts into mine. I bathe the soft tissue of lips and gum in soothing water while all my thoughts disappear into light blue.