13 February 2024



So few and less, then one
Ladybug is on the moon,
Our ceiling.
This last utopian
Who once like a rising rain,
With his flickering myriads,
Made the earth a sky
From which clipped petals fell,
Now surveys his whole life's portion,
An unfellowed expanse.

03 November 2023



On a different page of hours
This grief ran like a surf
Outvoiced by its motive sea:
A slight limb and ear and blank eye
Was bid, this outlarged smallest absence,
By the horizen-touching sorrow beyond.

14 July 2023


We fugitive spirits
We midsummer's night's dream--
We venlafaxine, we Bottom,
We valium, we Puck--
We one moment stopping
We next moment stuck.

09 May 2023


The trick of normalcy
Carried a canvas to a field
Then conjured on a blank
A madonna of conciliation
Who anneals with a glance;
She sighed for your unpacked sorrow
Your sleight of hand that hid
What must out--
In the parlors and pubs,
As a man against the wall--
What might be the first sunflower,
The first night sky.

31 January 2023


The time twixt branch and branch
That briefs you
Longs me like a winter shadow;
That clips space with a wing
New weighs my plot of earth.
And I'm lost to tell the sparrow
How his week is passed by my hour.

26 November 2022


In my grandmother's house
Will be her words unheard
Whose voice was sensibility;
Will be murmurs without
Her florescent sanctuary
That hold a scent of grace
In present memory.
A neon halo stayed her head
To be wove in recollection
Too, such wonders, Coca-Cola,
Fixed, a constellation breathing.



18 October 2022


The abstraction of the garden
Skips to the kitchen sill
Recapitulating yellows
Grove greens, then threads of sand
As interstitial flags
In the stones to the sea.
Magnolia and cobalt petalled
Fans of forget-me-nots
Alternate blades of steel and glass.
Cape jasmine, made light,
Reflects veins of fire
On the beams and crossed wood.
Ocean violet tempera
Washes like troubled sleep
From the shore to the rippled walls.
Rosemary, for remembrance,
Unsifted by her weeks and years,
Turns the room of the world
Into this one; the first moment,
The last one.

16 September 2022



A fiddle with the procedure
Leaves ladies-in-waiting wilting
Through unstudied hours;
Schedules the undiscovered
For present complacence;
Topples cathedral towers
In a faithful flaw;
Warps the fabric of a bespoke
Conception, scored just so.

04 August 2022


The cat as talisman:
Flower but no flower,
He endures reflection;
The narcissi are clawed in peace.
Shield from expectation:
His eye is native to his heart
And blind to the beating hour;
His what's to be is past.
Exemplar of indifference
This atemporal beast;
In his mirrored soul a tower
To shadow any care.

21 June 2022


Having the sky and needing it too
Like a sailor lost at sea
'Customed to horizons
But not eternity;

That sets his sheet by compulsion
Aslant the wanted point
To leave ajoint the misconception
Of reflection in a glass.

01 May 2022


Nature's imp, a fragility
Lights my sleep's hid conceits
Like a noon at midnight;
A bedded thought to block the sun,
And a shadow to touch my arm:
This long day's day is done.