September 7th, 2019

There’s No Dancing in Downtown

This city is supposed to be a concrete jungle,

  but it’s turning into a glass desert

  under policies that keep sterilizing it

      of personality,

          uniquity,

              individuality.


I see a red door and the HOA wants to paint it beige


This is why we can’t have nice things

This is why even the hip head out

  to suburbia

  and your storefronts stare out

        onto the streets like dead-eyes

Eyes of ghosts all wide with

  shock and surprise

        not sure why they died


I see a dance floor and the HOA wants it sanitized



August 29, 2019

Hurricane Wait

You’ve lost all your sense sir

Once named by meteorologists

  after the most disruptive forces in their lives

    – their wives,

Then occasionally after men

  to show that you were expected to be particularly

    – aggressive.

Now names just alternate

  to demonstrate

  equal hate

Shows we expect equal danger from

  every mystery at any rate

This time the plan will work

  North Carolina juts out just far enough to deflect you

That’s what it’s meant to do
Carolina was put there to protect the Old Dominion

  one more reason it’s better to be Virginian

I digress

This is still going to be a mess

Just a bunch of rain this time

  still anxious how much of our town sits on the waterline

I stepped out front at One AM

  looking for signs like religious men
But I am a man of science so I look to bands
of clouds

  sounds of winds registering aloud

  directions they blow and rains come down

Not just now

Not now

No, this is the other thing
During the day there was a misty rain

  and driving home the first lines in the clouds arranged

Twelve hours later and there should be

    the barreling down of forces screaming death

But all the world here is holding it’s breath

Message on the phone says
“Don’t worry about me it’s quiet here”

    but I know I can be almost silent if I know there’s a

    – a hungry tiger lying near

So many move to my town

  want to pretend one can take this laying down

I know I’m looking my fortieth tiger in the twisty eye

  even if this one skates on bye

  I will continue to withhold my sign

    – until late Saturday
See...

    – the calm wait is not a sign

  that everything’s fine

This is the test of your patience and faith

The storm you can’t see is there

  it’s lurking around the corner

  like a graveyard wraith

  unfed it does not simply stalk away

Now a second science comes into play

  snakes and deer left the neighborhood during the day

  birds and bats don’t dare flap a wing

  despite the still air – that’s the thing

And all stridulating crickets and grasshoppers make demands

  of negligent gods of whom we know little

  and without understanding

  human lovers’ patience grows brittle

And somehow Maryland thinks it’s time

  to tell Virginia how to read Carolina signs

    – of Florida weather.



September 6, 2019

Everywhere, Everyone

What if,

just what if…


See I know that your god is that bearded old man

and in your comic book bible he’s white

and comes from your land,

but, it also says he’s everywhere and all things,

and has indomitable plans.

So I think that means a “what if...”

What if god is that child in your class

whom you teach, but you lie?

What if god is that uncle who’s leaving you a fortune

and you wish he would die?

What if god was your mother

whom you cursed out n church?

What if god was that girlfriend

whom you left at dinner in the lurch?


I’m not naiive enough to say it matters if

god is the animal you killed for meat

but if you want more serious issues then

what if

What if god is the wife you control with terror

     No!

What if god is the wife you know you beat?


It’s easy to say he’s the homeless guy you leave in the street

but isn’t god supposed to be more than …

someone you leave as quickly as you meet?

I thought faith in him was supposed to be a part of your daily life

so god should be as important as your family,

your employer

your kids

your wife

Or perhaps you should treat them as important as he

because if he’s everywhere

you don’t know whom he could be.




September 6, 2019