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Weather Report

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The clouds inside of me
rain on the outside.

© Chagall 2014

Pitter Patois

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When you realize you’re style
the rest comes easy.

Then it’s just you
being you.

How not to upset
the apricot.

Or burn one bridge
before she’s been crossed.

I smile, blow kisses from twilight
whenever there’s love.

© Chagall 2014

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Peepers are still out this time of year
though their song comes earlier in the eve these days,
fragile, almost not there; easy to listen beyond and miss them.

The foreground caw of a big bird, the bark of a dog
on my backstage, panned far left, a flashing beep
of some truck backing up, overhead gaggles honk and recede.

In echelon wildly, we ride the updraft, dip and soar,
aerialists cum acrobats, spun but poised nonpareil, sans apparatus,
relying solely on wingspan and pin-sharp charisma.

The V is impressed with its own formation, looks down and spies itself
in the placid face of the water; a solemn unified beat of blood-pumped wings
cuts swaths in mid-air, affirms partisans aloft in the primeval current.

So many songs harmonize around me, twelve-tone hymns and patterns,
colors in sound, or maybe more like touch – the voices about and within,
caress me more than paint me; ephemeral sounds, timeless embossing of our hearts.

© Chagall 2014

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Light #1
I’ve a string of white bulbs that run up-along-down the wide wall of my porch
where I sit sometimes with my back to them wearing my glasses;
their image reflects on my lenses from behind, photons in the metal rims perhaps,
making everything appear as if staged through a proscenium arc of white neon walking beads.

Light #2
I was in my neighbor’s garden last night
right at that time when solar day-charging outdoor lights
kick in. In the middle of the patch was a small
electronic elf on sky-cycle, pedaling gently, emitting ice-blue pinwheel sparks
there among autumn sunflowers.

© Chagall 2014

There Not Darkly

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I am made so very lighthearted
by the sight of my neighbor’s light.

© Chagall 2014

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Ecclesiastically contested.
Unceremoniously censored.
Perilously pared.
Piquant?
Perhaps.

Illuminatingly metro.
Respectfully nuyorican
(not – as the spell checker has suggested – Corsican).
Aggravatingly a salted one.

Flighty, from too many stairs in buildings too tall
to mention in one breath.

Cheesy?
Maybe.
But as I go,
asiago.

© Chagall 2014

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I miss you Friday, thank god that you come around just one in seven.

To have the weekend ahead is simply too much for me to bear:
a deliciously wonderful concept – whole weekends ahead.

I am joyous over the freshness, new and unused time,
a breathtaking canvas to color with handfuls of being;
I am the elf of Saturday Eve.

© Chagall 2014

Two For The Drive-In

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She overcame inertia by bearing down hard
catching grip on shift-gear and leather,
deeply like cement – she became fixture,

a ground to figure
aloof, always the bold one off-axle spanned across
imperfect timing, but not to be lost on a roll -

tipped her shoulder, head-down ditched and tumbling
to topple her way to the billboard below,

fifteen famulous minutes though nary five feet high,
smaller than popcorn and concession soda,
but horribly beset by bugs in the diffraction of projector light.

© Chagall 2014

Fallen

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I feel so inept;
I do not know what we call
this time before stars.

Twilight?
This place without time -
rimmed cold blue in ice,
trillions of bright sparkles
for each shiny object.

Light still holds to treetops;
the axis of the world is true,
once more affirms the autumn of promise.

© Chagall 2014

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The world is plainly there before you
so describe it, adapt – in free-form-air
it’s always the night before holiday if the world is
to hold any wonder to ride the way, to soar
in mid-air wobble, dip, graze the treeline
coast to touch ground, gracefully -
ever so lightly . . .

© Chagall 2014

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