Archive for April, 2018

Just Barely Merely

I pray for peace, love, longevity,
romance beneath an arch, a kiss along the Seine
an end to sorrow and hate –

the scent is perfect here
I will paint so that nothing mars
the essential, somehow I must grab and apply
small points of hundreds of millions of color beads that combine to give

is color

we are all
in the end


Chagall 2018


The Iceman

I wish my father-in-law was still alive;
he’d help me get the mouse-nest out of the shed.

Chagall 2018


I will have kissed her face in the warm downpours,
brushed snow from her lashes, stood her umbrella in summer sand,
and pondered with her the golden passing of autumn,
every year since I’ve known her

Chagall 2018

She screams Read me! so imperatively
a cascade of chills oversweeps me, my arms
and abdomen profoundly hollow in the moment,
and though it feels to be a big hall surrounding us,
she and I are under the low-ceiling beams of her attic bedroom
her voice is not actually echoing off distant walls
but rather is muffled by all of the dampening accouterment
that constitute the mementos of her life, the momentum of her years
collectibles from seashores and places where calliopes played
souvenirs from dances and plays and carnival rides
photographs she vowed to savor and cherish
through time

Please just read it she asks, handing me the manuscript
and so I begin

Chagall 2018

Phoneme In

Savory is to macabre as
goulash is to ghoulish,
such is the nuance of
the langwitch.

Chagall 2018

To All Tiny Dancers

you dance and shake
your head vibrantly
extremities splay
and sweat sprays
about your beautiful
mane like holy water
from a sprinkler: your
music is a priest

in the light of the ballroom bass-line
you are a powder-blue nimble step-in-time

so lovely to behold – to be held

and then when the beat is gone and
tired calves hold sway, I will massage
you back to life to dance another day

Love and kisses from CC, 2018

Sometimes we wake up in the middle of the night
and toss a coin either to have sex or to make pasta carbonara.
Either outcome, once complete, we brush and floss and return to sleep satisfied.

Chagall 2018

For The 1

A single thrill – one ordinary tickle left.
And so we use that as impetus to propel us along this line until
we naturally fall apart at some point, in due time.

Chagall 2018

For Chloe

I see her, a fine line
cascading the settee robed,
her taut outline like a bow
or maybe an arrow arcing
en pointe in midair

She is a slow projectile
running toward me – suddenly she jumps

Overhead all in a tumble
of sorts till she falls
to the ground once again
running just prior to breaking
into dance and then pieces

Jigsaws, pirouettes,
silhouettes curl their shadows
upon lacy pulled curtains
ceiling to floor, wall to wall
day after day, and year to year

To be timeless – she said –
one needs to step aside
so she did

Some people trust falling backwards
being caught by others around,
but I never will

Chagall 2018

I shift doors and window jams
to create wind-howl

Chagall 2018

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