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Exotic Articulation

I love to watch
your lips while you say
I tie your tie
you tie my tie

Chagall 2018


Pounding Chorus

she said
that is one incessantly ticking clock!

To which I remarked
No, that’s the overhead fan

Chagall 2018

Everybody has
an agenda – even
the agenda-less

Chagall 2018

Too many people
I hold in my heart
Each day

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To proceed without your blessing
requires I be defiant and I’ve never had
that inclination

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Play It, Sham

There are those for whom
we self-medicate to remember, while others
we self-medicate to forget

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It’s a remnant from having studied French
she says plus perfectly, the tip of her tongue
in the right place, breathless and throaty with her R

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I have hung them from
a wrought-iron arm that
I can swing back and forth
into the wind of the alleyway. Your idea
to write with wind chimes
was brilliant.

Chagall 2018

Alphabet City

In the canvas bag where I stored garden hand-tools,
in a side pocket covered by a blue-black-white

paisley bandana, I kept a small brass pipe and a palm-size
stash of homegrown I’d grown here at home years ago excellent really quite primo

kept moist by rotating wedges of apple newly
I’d partake every now and then

when out in the green house at the potting bench (no pun intended)
the aroma of earth, water, and oxygen processing

in filtered sunlight
and sometimes in moonlight

wondrous dahlias and grapes on grafted rootstock
made tougher to live here, to be able to endure here

propagating boxwood and ficus and fig
helping them to get through the erratic germination of exotic types

in the end just hoping
we’d all find simpler things

© Chagall 2014

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Back Jacket

I have an early set of writing
I call Thoughts Conceived in an Extraordinary Head
that starts off sophomoric and ends up
here – a place even more juvenile

Thank you
Thank you very much

Chagall 2018

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