Thursday, September 12, 2019

HARPO SPEAKS

From among the clocks, you assemble like a bullfrog
You’re a music box, paintings grooving to your tunes
Smarter of the gods, silverware spills from your coat sleeves
Mustache the facade, drinking whiskey with the moon
Swimming beams of light, plucking songs out of the ocean
Fireflies play the night, luminescent glissando
From the shadows jaw, speaking paragraphs of silence
Bathed in cinema, cosmic void sewn in your clothes
As the air turns green, with a horse for a hotel room
Whisper to my dream, sail away you crooked star

Saturday, August 31, 2019

SPIRAL BOUND SUNSET


Your shadow burst through the tree limbs
Cloud halos dripping from your chin
A constellation of cassettes
Glow in the spiral bound sunset
Melting in the heat of church pews
Ghosts of teenagers miss curfew
“We swim like dinosaurs,” she said
Bathed in the spiral bound sunset
Your parenthetical heartbreak
From bunny ears to mouth of snake
While others tell of loves long dead
We toast the spiral bound sunset
Darkening shine, between the lines
Your kitchen pale face on the floor
The ocean cannot find the shore
Empty chest when you realize
There is no spiral bound sunrise

ALLIGATOR PEAR


Flower petals in your fingerprints, dropping like hints
The facts you won’t evince
Silver string sewn in your tongue and teeth, glimmer as you breathe
Sparkling from under
Neath the tough leather skin laid bare
The green softness you’re afraid to share
Say you’re made of stone but it’s clear you are an Alligator Pear
Watch the sunset in a burning match, see a new day hatch
See the moon detach
Skeletoning everything concealed, reality unpeeled
Truths finally re
Vealed in a much more flattering glare
Your inner core so full of love and care
Say you’re made of stone but it’s clear you are an Alligator Pear
Tryin’ not to reveal you’re
An Alligator Pear

ECHO EYES


There’s a skin to your absence, hard as a cactus, keeps me from moving away
Feet sown to the floorboards, tongue in the sock drawer, my words all amorphous like clay
Did you canyon your past, is it echoing back? Does it reverberate, or just excavate?
In the night I can hear the moon singing for lovers dancing alone, Beating hearts, filling eyes with fog to be released from the ghost in your home
Fall into your echo eyes
Did you canyon your past, is it echoing back? In the grave in your eyes, phantoms starting to rise
In the night I can hear the moon singing for lovers dancing alone, Beating hearts, filling eyes with fog to be released from the ghost in your home
Fall into your echo eyes

DAYLIGHT MOON


With a skull full of TV snow, dreams spill from my ears
A blurred panorama prismed in my tears
My heart like a hummingbird and belly of beer
The ashes of memories stoked flames of my fears
Oh, Daylight Moon
You told me the story of the lonely lady
Her eyes were pianos and her voice was the sea
She lost herself in a storm of hyperbole
Dandelion mist dance in snow globe jubilee 
Oh, Daylight Moon
On baby’s breath and kitten paws
We squeeze our way past twilight’s jaws
As truth slaps us in mock applause
And time handcuffs our wrist

CHALLENGER DEEP


In the backyard hideout, underneath the leaves, Whisper all our secrets, tuck them up our sleeves
And it makes me nervous, ears a burning match, Hiccups skip my talking like a record scratch
Where the sun won’t rend us in its judgy jaws, where the stars won’t point out all our shameful flaws
We binge on emotion then explode our hearts, tape them back together and we call it art
Green lime smirk and we’re shirking sleep, in the challenger deep
When you’re a reverse rainbow, monochrome debris, feeling like a pear in a partridge tree
Sinking in brown carpet, tangled in the shag, gravity and gravy dousing time to drag
I will sing your anthems, I will set you free, I will shear your halo of uncertainty
With a Velcro crackle we’ll reset the skies, fill the dull horizon with apricot sunrise
Unzip dreams so that we can keep in the challenger deep
Green lime smirk and we’re sleeping, in the challenger deep
Unzip dreams that we’re keeping, in the challenger deep
Secret flowers we’re reaping, in the challenger deep
Crude reality seeping, in the challenger deep