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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Desperado

Stepping It Back
Satin & lace.  Seaweed
& foam.  Ripple.  Drip.  Drizzle.  Splash.
Like Venus on a half shell.
Walking tiptoe across the sand.

Behind Closed Doors
A coastal docudrama starring
Odysseus, Ishmael, 27 dancing mermaids
& an octopus named Louie Louie.

Shoes for Industry
You'll be there like water beneath the sea
like a shadow in the shade
like the word "like"
whispered into the wind

Friday, June 17, 2016

What's Your Metaphor?

for Bill Berkson, 1939-2016

I chewed my way thru the refrigerator
into the late & early sunlight
threaded with tinsel mist             a slow mo-
                                                            tion train wreck
                                                                            like divine intervention
all out of proportion
                                            transmitted via a telepathic
                                            call & response system
Streetlights, cars, wet
pavement from here to
ocean's edge
wrapped in a fogmist serape            better described by
                                                                 15 rhyming couplets
                                                                 written in Portuguese
If you keep real still for a moment you can
see your reflection in the
silver-green ripple sound of eucalyptus
                         which serves as a bridge between this world
& the one where you are now

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Bleached Chrome

Tropical vines, bamboo palms, Bird
of Paradise

                  big kelp blossoms rocking with the tide

         alongside (parenthetically) Medieval French Verses
                                    & The Principal Upanishads

You were bedazzled by the lurid
                                                             smile of the invalid
& I was wondering who was going to
                           do all of the heavy lifting

The light changes I have my doubts about Western Civilization
high tide, 2.3 ft. at 5:47 a.m., winds light & variable

         burning out a few neurotransmitters

Knossos, Honolua, Oxnard Shores

B  R  E  A  T  H  E  

                           (a great swoosh of palm leaves, pine
                           needles, eucalyptus leaves
                           filling in gaps in the diatonic scale
                           seagulls carving up the fog mist)

Let's wait here a minute
right smack between where we're going
& where we've been
watching iron pipes curling in over the reef

         reflecting the end of not this world
         but the next

                  like a soundproof Malibu
                           in the cradle of Nowhere

or the eucalyptus alleyway
         & the steps to the beach below

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Pre-Lubricated

REMOTE ACCESS
It's morning & the beach is dark
though the sky is all lit up in
drugstore neon

         VISTA POINT
         The streets awash in a shady gray radiance
                  & damp at first light
                           you weren't the only one to see it

LOADED DICE
I had a stereophonic reason for being there
spilling the last of the wine
telling you it's in honor of the dead but really just
being clumsy

         SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY
         The brooding bells of the tinsel mind
                  rhyme with the purloined guitar
                           that was left untuned

( d r u m r o l l )

TRUNCATED SONNET ENTITLED
MONA LISA IN A SOMBRERO

       1. Ocean dark & swarming

       2. Whisper of sea foam over sand
            between tides