Category: Poetry

Hold The Fries

I make frozen smoothies
using homemade heirloom yogurt,
I imagine the healthy bacteria
probiotically clinging to finely crushed ice,
vanilla and agave, frosty, chilled and sweet,
entering my body, defending themselves against
the hot sulfuric acid of the stomach,
surviving the long ride,
evolving as flora

Chagall 2019



A string of vowels around your neck –
mostly ohs, some ays –
calls me, says linger a while

with ease

spend time at the collarbone,
speak in tongues, erratic soft kisses,
come what may and sometimes why

how many angels can dance
in the round ’round your navel?

I wonder, I ponder,
I drift way down yonder

away with words where silence reigns
and paragraphs puddle-up

lick the lips of a buttercup

consonantly yours,
truly forever

with best regards
till my sentence ends

until I am free
once again

wild and windblown
thought in a breezeway,
a notion in an alley-updraft
ascending to rooftops

down the fire escape, ringlet
curls cascade your face and shoulders
where one-syllable words are writ in primary colors

a you planted firmly in the hollow of your neck
another in the heart, and one – the forehead

with a ruler I draw a straight line
and brush away the letters from your cheek

with a felt fine-tip marker
I scribble my opus there

only us two

alone we two

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I ask her to come over to my side,
we’ll hug, I say, she does, the porch swing creaking
from her weight on my lap, our necks intertwined like swans

without saying a word
we watch the candles burn
in the close surround of night

Chagall 2019

Wear Them On The Outside

Out on the porch,
I lace up the old green sneakers,
fit like a foot-glove, I’d wear them inside if I could
but they’re muddy, perfect for garden-traipsing
and short strolls

My gloves, similarly fit my hands like a glove, as they should,
for that’s what they’ve been made for

I trample and pull weeds, respectively, that’s what gardeners do,
I enable the rest to breathe, encourage, resuscitate

To the beat of staying alive I pump the world
to assure pulmonary palpitation not precluding anyone

I save one-fifth of all reaped
to seed the coming year

Chagall 2019


In all these years
I could have crafted an opus
or a child, or both, or at least lived
persistently in what is actual

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Damselflies amass on the weathered log,
electric blue with lacy wing, shadowy lattice
thrown by stark sunlight upon grey wood in open field,
cool within the maze of lines, the structure
of flying things, the ultimate lift of small bodies
into pre-orbit sky, and I in the capsule await the countdown
as God calls out, “Attention all hands, stand by…”

Chagall 2019

no one
sounds like you
so be you;
the voice
you censor is
the sublime

Chagall 2019

The Artiste

She said
I view people as landscapes,
vistas – lands to peruse and traverse,
expanses of flesh and emotion spread wide

I paint them with horizon lines converged on infinity,
a palette of trillions of colors

My technique – my goal – is to render each
with a single continuous stroke

Chagall 2019

Just Like That

In the wink of an eye,
she blinked, for that
is how things are done.

At the drop of a hat,
her beret flew away,
and that’s how things
are done.

At a moment’s notice,
she arrived at Now,
it’s done that way.

In the nick of time,
her heart skipped a second,
along the way.

The spirit of the times,
she’s been whisked to a new life,
another day.

Chagall 2019

Slip of the Tongue

How many times must I tell you,
you cannot lick the blender’s blade!

Chagall 2019

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