Brave – a poem

Be well. Farewell. Have a good one. Aloha. Adios. I never want to see your fucking face again. I’m saying all of these things. And, in parting, this: Be brave. Be. Fucking. Brave. Go after those demons with everything you’ve got. Don’t let anything else slip and slide between your fingers because you can’t look that devil in the eye. …

‘Tremendous Stroke of Luck’ – a poem

Someone said (or so I read) Not getting what you want can be a tremendous stroke of luck. I don’t know if that’s true between us. But I’m prayin’ for it! Because listening to you tell me (After I fell in love) That you can’t love me back However much you want to. It’s for reasons beyond your control (nothing …

A Pause

I have to apologize to you: For when you kindly included me Over the Holiday raucous; ‘What have you been up to?’ I’m sorry my voice caught, While I held your anticipative gaze. I was trying to reconcile this year In the few lines you expect from me. Can I tell you about communing with my SOUL? Can I share …

The Man and the Genie

The genie said to the man: ‘I’ll grant you one wish! What will it be? I’ve made kings and Gods And I alone Made the most beautiful woman The world has known. I’ve ended hunger and plague; I’ve won holy wars And brought back the dead. So what will it be, simple man? What wish lies in the dark? What …

‘A Fight’ – A poem by request

Half way across the street (thinking in pictures) Found himself the target Of a nasty metal heap. The clunker slammed to a halt (a breath in front of him), Rusty doors screamed open, Revealing some chesty preening. Mad Men! Mad Men! (do they swagger or do they limp?) Surrounded this picture guy In the middle of the street. Glowering and …

‘Monster Attacks a City’ – poem request from Joey

I wasn’t asleep when it came Though I may as well have been. It didn’t arrive suddenly: No stomping buildings, gnashing teeth. The Monster seeped in While I was wide awake. No shattered skyscrapers; No buckled concrete. It was a quiet kind of sinister: Skittering inside the shadows. No smoky explosions: No flaming breath, deafening roars. This Monster brushed it’s …

Piano – a poem for Mark

There’s hesitation in your fingers. Halting, careful.  Treading thin. Elton John is at one shoulder I’m at the other. (It’s ok. You can play). Cracking, for a moment Your voice rises. Just a little And fingers maybe glide Sing with Elton: ‘You see I’ve forgotten If they’re green or blue’ (definitely blue). And then you shift To a New York …

‘Prayer’ – a poem

In my own scratch… And in case you can’t read that… Prayer In joy I sing Your name. In agony I scream at You. In grief I beg for You. But always, always I call for You. Background… I have a “prayer” ritual, if you will.  It’s just me going for a walk and saying a few affirmations over and …

‘That Scent’ – a poem

‘That scent’ Why do I smell you? It’s been months since I’ve seen you. Longer since I touched you. It’s your cologne, clinging To my clothes, wafting through the air. Subtly rich, and sweet; lingering, Like pipe tobacco. Why do I smell you? How long has it been since I kissed you? I don’t even miss you, really. Except, why …

That one is Best Admired from a Distance: a poem

Best Admired from a Distance That one is best admired from a distance. Yes, she’s got those Rumbling curves and flashy eyes. Her smile will make you wilt And stand taller, still. I supposed if you must approach Keep her well contained. But you watch her close, now! Go on – enjoy her, for a while. She’ll stay put for …