Scattered PiecesThere should have been a way
To frame your voice in silver.
Your comfort would be
A beautiful decoration.
If, somewhere, I could have
Collected your caress,
Relief would be a keepsake
On the mantle next to your portrait.
Our past had a brighter future
Than my present.
I should have preserved
Your embrace in the scrapbooks.
More than tender memories
Would flow from each page.
I want to hold each moment close,
Assemble them--store each second,
Since I have to face this life
Three Movements of Noise In Voice Speech and SoundVoice - Black Noise
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HaikuWriMo - Bonemealfamily dinners
continue after burial
Breadcrumbs and TumbleweedsSome folks'll never adjust to society's dirty lenses. Maybe that's why Donnie took up a hobby one weekend after a trip through the countryside. He had come back from driving out west in his crap convertible. And it was in slip-shod shape. Donnie spent the rest of his summer hobbling around that car, working out dents and scratches. Worked out in the sun talking to a woman the neighbors never seen. He had left himself breadcrumbs to clean from between the seats when he had restored the car, but he leave them be, says they're too small for him to see and that breadcrumbs aren't worth noticing unless they have the nature of tumbleweeds. The curl of his lip tells something different though. Donnie's seen the difference between a tumbleweed hopping a fence and a body on a guardrail.
Donnie called his hobby 'sobriety' and took thirteen steps to a cemetery with flowers in one hand and the wheel of his convertible in the other.
If Then You PauseTo the girl under the covers at noon:
If you pause by the wine
with tight jeans, theatrical boys
speaking bokeh and braille
and the hungry look that asks
‘why are we made with holes?’
If then you pause by the wine
I want to tell you things
I’ll tell you when you’re older:
that the best orange you’d ever eat
would be the taste of a man
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CarolineYou loved the fireCaroline by Scarlettletters
of rogues -
imperfect men who shot up
the endings of the day
and drank down
too much beauty.
And like one of them,
you bellied with rebellion,
felt his tense seed
toil where women
and craved his notoriety.
Poor girl -
his verses won the day
and the call of words
was too fickle a lover
for any constant star.
Don't blame yourself -
are more attractive
and all poets are
blackberries, bramblesthere is a resentment buddingblackberries, brambles by toxic-nebulae
in my gut
as something from a swallowed seed.
dormant and deadly,
a steady outdripping of poison,
thick as a sap to be tapped,
to be harvested.
I fear it will overrun my
will corrupt the soil it grows in
with its violent outshootings—
it will turn every bit of me
into its grisly garden.
it will make you feel
VirginiaRobert E. Lee lives just miles from my door,Virginia by melodysnow
bending at the right. On the corner, is a white church
housing brown skin in the Virginia spring. My best
friend’s father has a Confederate flag hanging in his
living room. A white military man married to a Filipino
woman because her skin is a few shades lighter, more
tan than true brown, light enough to speak
love to, on occasion.
The Civil War grounds up by Todd’s Tavern are fenced
off, but momma swears she hit a ghost on the bridge
one night, eyes blooming in refracted headlights—
allowing the past to slip into consciousness
—fingers curling like the flowering dogwoods, singed
at the tips, like fire ants threading their clay houses,
hidden under soft mounds in the earth.
And the bees are building up in my throat, as I watch
the fruit in my neighbor’s yard begin to rot.
I can’t touch the roots. But the bees are trembling like
some cracked bell, a revolution, a crying.
The Female SuicideTwenty years of nursingThe Female Suicide by Nichrysalis
emergency room wounds
and my grandmother
puts down her fork, rubs
her brow and tells me
the female suicide
is a more methodical,
A woman will close
the curtains, cleanse
their apartment of clutter
for the first time in months
and proceed to overdose
in the comfort of their
A woman will do this
because she is aware
someone will have to
discover her like this.
Someone will have to
bury her like this.
My grandmother says this
because when my uncle speaks
paramedic about the male
he pronounced dead from
a house’s television antenna
he never mentions a burial.