Love at First Sight

One brief clash with a batted lash
And in that blindered, lossless moment did I pawn
Everything to be with you: so how do you do?

And under this spell, we do so remain
For the snap of a finger, then slip and away
Before the vows can have their say

A lusty panache, drawn to eyes, and ass
I will again, and soon, give my heart away
In a peerless fraction of the live-long day

Yours truly, P.S.
My head once more is turned
To flirt is divine, is what I’ve learned

Fly By Night

A housefly caught
in the bedroom buzzes
between the two lamps, back

And forth, the cat
watching: fly has no clue
where it is, how
it got here.

Come morning, up
and out: I will buzz
around among the lamps
of my world, the cat
still watching.


photo by me, 2014

Unseemly

Words mean what I seem to think
So I insist that’s what they mean

And I seem to think that you think you know
Upon which page we think we’ve been

By turns we’ve come to disagree
At what is true and what is scheme

Now don’t let’s come to blows my friend
We’re likely in some pedant’s dream

Temping

A short fiction of mine called Temping, is included in Crack the Spine’s Issue no. 257. Thanks to publisher Kerri Farrell Foley and her staff for selecting this piece. A synopsis might look like:

“A talkative homeless man on the bus rambles on, delivering a sort of fever-dream term paper about the burdens of a life structured by time, his philosophical insights into such a dilemma, and his effective status as an outlaw due to his contraordinary behaviors and being without means or property.”

The Tao is None of Your Business

Every moment is bundled
with a multitude of beginnings
and endings and we feel we’re right
in the middle of it.

But this locale, this fixation
is penciled in with a wink
and cannot be held, numbered
ordered, kept or used.

Gathered up, possessions
summon the negations, come
then clap, the knowns disperse
like startled pigeons.

Who can make way in all of this
without faith or handholds
when enlightenment is the activity
of no one in particular?

A tricky business
this name-dropping the Buddha.