On the other side, past the line (a poem)

Inspired by the background photo I used for the cover of …but for the thoughts running through my mind. It’s not just a photograph it’s a condition I have to decipher the rendition on my screen Does it mean what I think it means? Is there something on the other side? Something past the line? The reflection [...]

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Illusional (a poem)

Inspired by a photograph by @helenina on ello. Grains on the paper pixels on the screen silver and grey black to white and everywhere in between to paint those eyes looking out at me everything in just the right place but for that one stray hair on the right side of your face Illusions fixed [...]

The plight of the insomniac (a poem)

An ekphrastic poem, inspired by Peter Juvonen’s painting, Mexican Hat Dance. It’s an impossible-to-navigate party of shark’s teeth and demon tails a jigsaw puzzle of sixes but for the couple snogging at the edge of the room behind a screen that’s too short to do its job That path straight out of Joe Versus the Volcano [...]

Tumbling (a poem)

Inspired by Tumblr feeds. The image repeats up and down the screen a scrolling scene change in the form of repetition for tired eyes to notice A collage of rope and flowers marks burned into parchment flashbacks from the dream rendered in layers impermanence translated as beauty Pools of honey have drowned the bees spiders [...]

If you put the two together (a poem)

Inspired by the hour glass and the dancer, by MiYoung Margolis, both currently hanging at VALA Art Center in Redmond… The tragic figure will elicit sympathy the cancerous knee bent gingerly as she bows in prayer The water will flow around the rocks in its path failing to recognize its own strength (19 August 2016—posted August 20th)

Untitled ekphrastic (a poem)

Written after seeing a painting of baby shoes on a pink background. Unfortunately, I know neither the title nor the name of the artist… The Scream mask happy face its fur directions every which way like eyebrow hair at pointy angles or a disturbance in the force Twins, for the sake of clarification two happy [...]

Day of the crescent moon (A poem)

Impressions and images from a Sunday afternoon, written quickly… Thumbnail in the sky beginning to melt Wingspans bloodied by evil scarred-over mistakes a long time coming Episodic ambitions carry over but never complete The second half is blanketed by clouds fit within a frame Scratches and scales points of vitae vis Arrangements fall out of [...]

The things I write (a poem)

It is getting rather hot here in the Pacific Northwest (91º F where I am), so here is something I wrote this morning, while it was still cool enough to think straight… Brief scenarios flow from my pen along with impressions delusions devotions Some make sense Some make nonsense I discard some pages right away [...]

Stars and ladybugs (a poem)

Written about a photograph of a woman participating in (I think) the Fremont Summer Solstice parade… She wears a masque that does little to hide her light a constellation of dreams radiating through her skin She walks among us always in a state of grace not one strand out of place down towards the water [...]