a drink in the night time

blissful, in this cup of lukewarm
red wine. divinely finding its way
down my throat and into this
growing pool of fecklessness
that sits, passive and distrustful,
in my belly. and i am getting drunk.
watching for shooting stars behind
electrical wires that hang
over the backyard, blocking any real
view of the sky.
the summer sky, found only within
the city limits. limitless in how little
it affects the soul.
i’ve lost sight of my shoes and,
wait, is that a fly swirling inside
my glass, drawing muddled circles
on the surface of that crimson nectar?
the grass pokes at my soles.
and i drink deeply of the wine. so
deep, i can hear the fly, flapping tiny
wings against the inside of my stomach,
ask me for the wine’s vintage.
and i tell him, i’m sorry little fly.
you have been lost to the ages, forgotten
in this grander scheme of backyards
and cheap drinks and dry grass
and, i should really find my shoes
before the ants, hearing how shamelessly
i imbibed their fly cousin, attack my feet.
because i know of the viciousness of
ants when slighted.



like a struck match
burns for me
much too quickly /

and fast, leaving
whispers of sulfurous

how i lacked imagination

we play rock-paper-scissors
and i lose

not because i let him win but
because he’s beaten me
with a well placed dinosaur;
hands chomping
                    at my fingers

                    / at three years old he’s figured
                    dinosaurs should no doubt

                    beat rock paper and/or
                    scissors every time

                                        which is true /

when i try to explain that the game
is in fact not called

he shakes his head as if
pitying me my lack of imagination

readying himself for
                    another go

some honesty on a tuesday morning

there is that time in the morning when
bird songs mingle with the
sound of the sprinklers coming alive /

            < beads of silvery water cascading
            in succession down single blades
            of grass >

the gurgling of a percolator floats
through the still air;

watching the sun break
through a distant horizon, scaling single
story houses like an olympic hurdler –

the music of a coming day waiting for the
brass band of daily living to start up and
get us marching

i can think, with sincere clarity, drinking my coffee
with crust in my eye:

            damn, i’m tired.

A Process

submitting work
to be published
       / like stepping into a downpour

is to submit yourself
to the elements

       in a way not
       felt since the first
       people leapt

across the high grassed plains
towards sustenance
and survival

       and away from the waiting
maws of a lion

una observación desde el patio


la luz toca mi cara –

                tan fuerte, yo parpadeo


cubriendo con mi mano lo

que hace que las plantas crescan


            lo que crea la vida

bloqueado por mis pequeñas manos

con un suciedad todavia abrazando


mis palmas /

desde trabajar en el jardin


mis manos

deben tener un poder

/ desconocido


                para parar

                el sol de brillar


Golden’s State Flower

My partner, Golden, is from Colorado. Gilpin County or Nederland, depending on when you ask her. But, that’s why we go there so often and I absolutely love it. I love the big things like the mountains, and the grand landscapes (much like Chris Kaan’s sick picture. Link below), and the small things like random wildlife and wonderful wildflowers. Like, this – the Rocky Mountain Columbine, state flower of Colorado. We saw some growing during a hike in Estes Park and we couldn’t pass without taking some pictures. Rather, Golden wouldn’t pass until we got the perfect shot of a little piece of home.

(Chris Kaan)



A bird fluttered by my window,
small breeze formed by her wings,
torn from spring,
born in wind blown sighs.
She flitters,
balances a word on each feather tip
that tips the smooth glass
with me behind. We danced,
aloft in soft visions, freedom forming
your hovering glance through glass and wooden pane