Tag Archive: expression


Conflicted

I started to write a poem then shifted
to write a song

Chagall 2017

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Neat Little Bows

How subtle are these symbols, to clinch or to clench,
both embrace, one the certainty of winning, the other
holds tight to imminent loss, to quench, bring cooling
liquid, healing balm, through tight canals to affliction,
immersion in ice, or steam, infinite horizons of water,
too quiet, to hush someone lovingly with finger upon lips
shushing air.

© Chagall ∞

Mouthing the Words

The gape, tongue off hard palette, the gape again,
teeth into bottom lip, expulsion of air, say I Love You

© Chagall ∞

Hey, You A Muse?

I must be careful
as I proceed from this point
to resist the urge to fly

So I will stay grounded
though notice my ankles stretch
upward forever in flight

I wear lime-yellow argyles
socks where you’re supposed to be
looking

Crazy zig zags man
– give a brother a pound and
say see you later

I’m heading to the roof now
someone’s predicted occurrences foreseen that
I’ll need to be flying to

I’m sorry
I could only resist
for so long

Chagall 2016

Sotto Voce

I have no energy left yet so much to say.

No, that’s not right. I simply have need to say something.
There is no specific content or quantity in mind.

I hope that in describing that need
I’ve said something.

Writing is no longer a viable alternative
for that primal scream I would emit
hurling myself off a rooftop.

Chagall 2015

Real Time

chagall backdrop

At what point
did this become
ordinary?

When did it lose
any claim on
sublime?

Before
the pen
hit paper,

or somewhere
along
the line?

© Chagall, 2013

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