Archive for November, 2013


Efficiency

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Always measure out
what you seek
to boil

Anything more
is waste

Anything less
is short

I’ve got it down
to a spiral
of steam

© Chagall 2013

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Two Ships

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Belly to belly,
a hard drop
on a mogul

thigh to thigh
akimbo dance
in bright light

flesh to flesh
hard slaps
flush and bracing

Palm to palm
we explore
the cushion there

Cheek to cheek
to lips to lips
then tongue to tongue

breath to breath
breathless, out of beat
rushed and laughing

mint
everywhere

© Chagall 2013

Purely Friday

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I thank you
for imparting
in me the sense
– the very capacity –
to acknowledge blessings
for which I’d be
thankful

© Chagall 2013

Haiku For Creation

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So much life in dirt
tales of yore of gallant deeds
billions per earth’s inch

© Chagall 2013

Originally published September 7, 2013.

Alphabet City

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She said let’s be stoic together
endure one another without complaint

I’ll not tell you my pain is you
not expressing the same about me

that would be true,
and I think we should strive

to lie if only
for this short time

open our hearts to the possibilities
of narrow-mindedness

be clueless on knowing
the cruelty of caring

bite your tongue
forgo this kiss

stand at-ease
rather than hug

I consider you with disregard
and disdain for your ardor

our silence is but the interlude
that parses, pulses our scream,

and so we howl
twice, thrice

the allure is turning away,
the abstinence is the sex,

for every front, there’s a back
for every me, there’s a you

upright, but still not being able
to stand

the small things, the everything
about you

© Carlos Chagall, 2013

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In February
at Mardi Gras
we ride top-down
we sport our ware
we reflect in moonlight there
where the earth splits
where we drop
off the horizon

At the water’s edge
I’ll confess
I’ll tell her
I’m a snowfall
in Harlem
in streetlamp
to twirl
to the ground

In freefall
I tumble
wildly
like a pollynose
shed from trees
lit in long slants
of sun ray
cold and oblique
to the ground

Enough to tease
but surely not
enough to grow
one gets impatient
to wait for spring
to roll through
time on a promise
wishful to think
more than passion

Some nights
in definite
bold relief
stark engravings
where the lean sight
of you cascades
over me
in ribbons
of perfumed hair

Too fleet
so many things
come and go
too quickly
so much time
stirs yet so
little ado

© Chagall 2013

She

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You are
a thousand percent
correct.

No other
woman,
holy or not,
would say that,
I absolutely
agree.

How funny
was that
though?

© Chagall 2013

Bitten

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Too many people
need a name
for what they’ve got

Otherwise,
what is it?

There’s got to be something
good for whatever
this is

Once upon
a gridlock
dreary

All joy
halted

Seized
and stopped

No longer
sings
beautiful
sine-shaped
melody

Piqued
at odd angles
to harmony

This is what
I’ve got

Can you
cure it?

No matter the cost,
I’ll pay

© Chagall 2013

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ambiguity Art Arts
Astronomy Aviation Battenkill
Beat Business

Carlos Chagall
che che cole
Confectionery coquito

Dance Dante
Django Reinhardt

Earth Easter eternity extinction

Fillmore East France
friendship greater than Love
fun with words
God haiku

Health
hector lavoe

Home hope humor
innocence

Jimi
Jobim

just for the fun of it
Kiss
life
life’s lessons
life – gotta love it!
life – live it
life
force

London Love
love eternal
love is love lost
love lost then lost again
lower
east side
Manhattan
Moon
Music
New York City
Paris
Peace

Performing Arts
Planets
poetry
rebirth

Recreation
Ringolevio

Samba
sentience

Shopping
sound

spirit
stars summer

love time
timeless

Tompkins Square Park
twin souls

United
States
water

willie colon
wordplay

Writing

© Chagall 2013

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I hold the best dreams
special for a lost old friend
she seeks us this dawn

© Chagall 2013

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