January, 2003 (deadline December 1, 2002):
But of course, just one small bird singing off somewhere unseen
or the sight of one pair of hips,
can change your whole perspective.
from If I Should Wake Before I Die
Waterways, November '96
also published in Patchwork Poems, San Antonio TX, Oct 12, 1996.
February, 2003 (deadline January 1, 2003):
Gordy compared my working in the library
while my heart was really in poetry
to a bunch he knew in his home town
who worked in the shipyard
but who all owned little farms.
Waterways, March '90
March, 2003 (deadline February 1, 2003):
The music vaguely echoes the Forties:
a saxophone content to muse over the melody
without drawing attention to itself -
a non-violent, philosophical saxophone.
from Working on My Death Chant in the Hyde Park Bar and Grill
Waterways, July '90
also published in Aileron, Austin, TX, vol. 10, No. 1, 1989
April, 2003 (deadline March 1, 2003):
Maybe there are just too many acts of love
that aren't acts of friendship.
from What Friends Are For
Waterways Nov. '91
May, 2003 (deadline April 1, 2003):
And every time you come to a diner
just stop and have yourself a cup
of coffee and write a poem.
from The Lost Diner
Waterways, April '90
June, 2003 (deadline May 1, 2003):
The other day, my toaster told me,
"You need to get your act together. You're losing it."
from Good News and Bad News
Waterways, May 2000
July, 2003 (deadline June 1, 2003):
My father's fears
follow me like my own.
I don't even know
they're not mine
till, trying to move them,
I discover inside me
a small boy clinging to them
with all the love and loyalty and desperation
that only small boys
seem able to muster.
from My Father's Fears
Waterways July '91
September, 2003 (deadline August 1, 2003):
So you walk along looking at the ground, following an invisible
down streets, up alleys, across parking lots and on,
moving with that patient, solemn shuffle
that's the universal gait of the poor man --
eyes on the ground, that little piece of ground right in front of his feet,
the only piece of earth in this whole world
he can call his own.
from Looking at the Ground
Waterways, January '92
October, 2003 (deadline September 1, 2003):
It seems to me that,
paralleling the paths of action, devotion, etc.,
there is a path called Art
from The Way of Art
Waterways, April '90
November, 2003 (deadline October 1, 2003):
We need to stop protecting each other
We need to trust that deepest
most delicate part of all,
knowing it will survive,
given the chance,
everything - even us.
from Apology to Robin
Waterways, April '91
December, 2003 (deadline November 1, 2003)
It would be nice
to love one more woman
in that way that's more
starlight than fact,
that is like snow falling
inside your heart.
from Notes for a Death Chant
Waterways, February '91
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