Demographics

“It’s market research,”the older tells the younger,“Big Gulp cups are too big.They want to see their coin hit bottom,know their crumpled bill will fill your cup,believe your thirst is quenched with ounces.” The younger tears his cup to size,then takes his station in the night. Metal hits paper,bounces.

Cycles

You have been the rumble in the darknessthat has vibrated against your sleep deaf earsas your heat melts into the cold.You snort and sniff the first odor of barkthat you will shroud in your winter fur. You open your eyes.And follow the others into the pre-dawn sky.You are beckoned over a blur of brown, green,…

Cosmic Background Radiation

Once, I bit love, tried to tongue it inas my heart banged,broke ribs from the inside.My brain was a radio tuned to her.All else was hiss. Hissing, radio static bounces aboutsince the Big Bang, reminds us,once, the universe wasthe small, hot head of a pinwhere lusting angels danced,then it exploded. How many times can it…

Cigarette Girl

I would be with you.I would have you roll me,take me to your lips,and light –pulling your next breath through meas embers flare my brevityand my existence dancesbetween your teeth. You exhale,you exhale,you exhale,and I tendril in wispsabout your head –one last caressbefore your footdescends with a twist.

Christmas Wishes, New Year’s Resolutions

Christmas is that time of yearwhen giving should be all;when blessings, like a gentle snow,on every head should fall; when joy and hope can be brightly wrappedand crowned with a bow;when people can smile and say “Merry Christmas”everywhere they go; when yards and trees can shine with lightsthat twinkle in every eye;when everyone may wish…

Autumn Celebrations

This fall I had a partyand all the leaves came down.Dressed in festive colors,they swirled and danced around. The trees shook bony fingersas the reds and yellows did jestand oranges cavorted wildlyas they rustled around the rest. The cool wind gusted in gleeand danced in inebriate joy,whispering its seasonal warningsas winter’s earliest envoy. The evergreens…