Friday, February 29, 2008

Exchange of Words

The batter of words fell heavy
against his ears
like ordnance against a fortress
shattering stone
his headache split
from the attack.
What powder had he so
deftly lit at the cannons?


Thursday, February 28, 2008

Trouble in the Basement

I got such a skrik from this spider
skulking down here in the
skanky basement
with the hot water tank
boiling and furnace blowing and now
my arms tangled in her web struggling
against her silk strong as steel
what tools will I need
to cut my way free
she’s a sharp one
lurking here in the dark
plotting her ways
to snag me
to slow me down
to make me think

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Grandpa’s Problem

bewildered in the living room
between the sofa and the recliner
no clear path in view
with naked Barbies
Lego castles and Dog more
like a sleeping wolf scattered
what rising sun will navigate
this kingdom of youth
with no lamp
within reach

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Making a Point

in a fren-zy.
choked. with a!larm.
doctor? can you see? the
in. the back of. my throat?
have a.nother look.
with a bet..ter light.
like the ophthalmol-ogist.
with his pow-er.ful. lenses.
focusing. deep. in the eye.
can you. try? again?
don’t. walk away.
when I look. in the mir..ror.
I see little, com.mas,
and periods….
all types of punc.tua.tion.
ridd.ling. my palate.
confusing words.
I can barely. get.
any-thing out!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Empty Basket

it’s no picnic
traveling by train
following tight schedules
there was the 8:03 to Boston
I missed
that summer morning
the bright sun
snapping off the glass
as the doors slammed
shut in my face
after you stopped
for coffee on the way
and left me
for the hours
in rising heat
for the next train
at least you had
your coffee and
sweet treat