Friday, January 1, 2021

Broken Mosaic book now available!

 Brand new book now available for your Kindle or in paperback!!


Click here now to purchase this brand new collection from Phlubbermatic Press. Includes 12 poems you might have seen here on the website already (or not) and 10 short stories. Almost all the pieces deal with the question of truth and perception, and the spaces between. Between what we see and what we know; between what we dream and what we have; between reality and whatever else there is. We live in a world where almost everyone is sure they know things that can't actually be known. Personally, I don't trust anyone who's sure.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

You Know What They Say About Dreams

I found you once in New Orleans,
But you know what they say about dreams.
We walked down Bourbon Street hand in hand,
And nothing was what it seemed.
 
Your voice echoed in my head,
“I’m here because I need to hear,” you said,
But you know what they say about dreams.
So, I remained silent instead.
 
“Hand me back to the day you found me in”,
She cried, as she threw the I Ching
to tell our futures, which she then tossed in
her stew, but you know what they say about dreams.
 
“You know what they say about dreams?”
asked the jazz-man in, notes of blue and green.
“In dreams no one can hear you scream,
So that’s where I always play my best.”
 
So, let’s put it to the test
In my dream tonight I’ll scream for you
And you scream for me
And if we hear each other then I’ll rest
Peacefully

Saturday, December 12, 2020

New Moon

There’s a new moon rising
I can barely see it there
except for the hint of silver light
reflecting in your hair
and there’s a piece of a star
here in my pocket
when I’m gone,
put it in a silver locket
and pin me to your heart


Saturday, December 5, 2020

The Broken Mosaic

 

The Broken Mosaic
    after Lowell George
 
(Begin with a pixelated image of a 20th century man, a 21st century version of a 15th century mosaic, bits instead of tiles, electricity instead of clay and pigment. Randomly remove 1 of every 10 pixels and tell me what remains. Not a man, no longer even the image of a man. Yet, still, what remains can be beautiful, can be profound.)
 
He’d been entertaining angels,
unaware of broken tiles
in the ancient mosaic
which was all that remained
of a life lived in spotlights
surrounded by darkness.
 
His pockets full of pride
and eyes half closed against the sting
of smoke in her bedroom
above a Mexican saloon
where his friends were shooting pool,
for always he had been a fool
in love with love.
 
A burning in those eyes
from the fumes of
a lamp held high above the rafters,
an effort to reveal
the secrets hidden from us all,
but casting only shadows of thought
upon the dust devils swirling
in the corners of a mind shattered
by too much knowledge
and too true a vision.
 
And yet despite the burning
and the tears he sees through
the darkness that surrounds him.
 
and the horns blow
and the steel strings whine
and the heart cries
and the dust and the smoke
bring tears to the eyes
of the man whose voice
pierces the silence
and finds its way
through the crack in the door
to your soul

Saturday, November 28, 2020

May We Dance

As graceless as mannequins in formal attire,
Not knowing for whom we dress,
We rise formless as smoke to impossible heights,
Entangled in each other’s mess.
 
One dances a rhumba, another a waltz,
Solo, or with partner in hand.
Some spin ‘cross the floor in shoes full of holes,
On scattered handfuls of sand.
I dance on this page since my feet don’t know how.
But we all dance to the tune of an invisible band.
 
May we dance until the final note
May we dance until the end
May we dance until the lights go out
May I dance with you, my friend
 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Forever Only Once

 
Forever Only Once
  - after Czeslaw Milosz
 
There are things that every person knows
but none can quite express;                                                
not exactly secrets, but
just beyond the edge of language,
just beyond the edge.
 
There is no was or will be
There is only is
It will always be forever
And forever only once
 
Are you lost among your histories,
or only lost in blind confusion?
Following in famous footsteps
leads in circles, endlessly;
draws you closer to the center
of the mediocre,
further from the holy edge,
further from the edge.
 
There is no was or will be
There is only is
It will always be forever
And forever only once

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Stealthy Thief

Oh, Time, stealthy thief,
who snatches every breath,
every heartbeat and memory,
- where do you hide?
 
Where do you stash
all the blessings you’ve stolen,
all the forgotten glances,
caresses and kisses?
 
You must have some bolt-hole
or safe-house to hide in
with all of those moments
you’ve ravaged and pillaged.
 
Like a dragon who piles up
treasure uncounted
in his secret cave in some
great northern mountain,
and lies down upon it
to sleep through the winter
just waiting for springtime
to gather some more.