Category Archives: verse

Aleppo

Did you see the news?
Yeah, read the headlines.
(Who has time for the whole article?)

We’ve got
zero fucks to give
here in memeland
got our own problems
what can we do
about the blood in your streets
(and yeah, what can we do)

we live in the epilogue
history’s done
finito
this is all just
a bad sequel
retreading the same
tired plotline

the world’s nothing
but
wrath and semtex
and the Guf
is empty

Emergence/Resurgence

We don’t know the things they say
about us
in cold, windy whispers
Councils on Olympus
Conspirators in the barren skies
Plotting our doom
Scribbling out fates in the stars
like preteen girls with unlined diary pages
and flimsy tin locks

 

Unlove

[from an exercise I did along with my Creative Writing students]

It’s a tickle. Tickle, tickle of something missing.
Like phantom limb syndrome for fins and fishtails and gills and things–
for things we’ll never have.

I saw a report about a man whose hands and feet
have turned to tree bark
as if nature forgot all her boundaries
and was no respecter of persons.

It must be like that
being something
you’re not meant to be

A Statistical Analysis of Your Profligate Charms (a.k.a. A Peculiar Ode)

hello, dear

thinking of your qualities
unstrained mercy and all of that
I find myself wondering:

what if you were the norm

if the world was–not you, but somewhat statistically–like you
what would the world be

(I know, for instance, a world of merely me’s would be a dreadful place of egos run amok)

but if all our fellow human beings fell within
one standard deviation from you
in fairness
thoughtfulness
all that good stuff

Well, then, I guess we’d have a nice little world

But from perusing the news
I see it’s not to be

Oh well
and lucky me

uninhabitable

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we’ve been burned out
we

the city you knew
a bruise in history
broken capillaries
speaking to discreet and private calamities
ripe for forgetting

it’s horrifying, creation

atoms in the asphalt buzz
haunting
and we shutter up the windows
board the doors
keep the disharmonies out
pray quietly
for another hour

infinite

you and i
spend centuries
walking the wilderness
crossing the seemingly endless sea
all to reach the shield wall
the thick steel plate at the edge of the world
and there
we spend decades more
mastering the elements
finagling copper into wires
refining the drill bits
we will use to bore into the monolith
this is quiet, patient work
befitting us

then, inside
we ascend the superstructure
building campfires in the dark latticework
watched over by drones
that flit about in the interior
and finally
we scale above the blanket of cloud
rising to see where the heavens stretch out
where the world wraps back on itself
and there
on the slate-like floor of the last room
we begin to sketch the plans
for our skiff
that will sail out further still