Watch the Works

poem loosely inspired by a Jimmy Eat World song,

don’t think we’ll heal
em with kindness?

guess that depends on where
you’re prepared to
aim it-

we still dream to splash
rainbows through
this midnight,

but pandemic drains brilliance
’til there’s no more sky, just
bitter blandness
,

for once my eyes caught sight
of beast guiding this
message,

still squinting, pores all
pinched up tight,

coaxing wraiths from
pools of living
light
.

image: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/479351954060000356/?lp=true

image: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/156922368238783358/?lp=true

Picked a Peach (once out of reach)

inspired loosely by this photo of James and the Giant Peach.

found you swaying on
nearest branch of
moment’s tree,

juice beading on peel,
your curves kiss my
sun so fuzzy,

i press your treat to
a sunken cheek,

’til other cheek turns
pale with jealousy
,

as tragic as she
tastes sweet,

her full flavour
folds me to
knees.

image: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/132082201549959169/?lp=true

image: https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Abstract-Peaches/57246/2560343/view

and now, an ad from the owner..

famine sweeps across
my family tv,

and there’s nobody for
newsman to blame
but
me,

how can you let all
those babies
starve?

you know you can’t escape
the pain, even when you
stand up and turn
me off!

wow, gaslight by
a cable box
..

i just turned mind away
and coughed,

won’t be buried
through my
heart,

and no, i’ll not save
anyone’s world,

but i’ll drag hope and
live my part.

image: http://www.ruthisraelart.com/painting_ruth_israel/

image: https://www.artpal.com/Thesicklyduck?i=55817-3

the hunt for halo

written for a friend.

chest’s chains are
same heavy
hold,

concrete thinking has
on creative soul,

but we’ve gained the years
and teeth to chew
us through
steel,

e’en with petals curled
too shy to feel the
fucking thing
,

and when you can’t tell
floorboards from
the ceiling,

it’s through those
gates life’s most
revealing.

image: https://fineartamerica.com/art/paintings/broken+chain

image: https://www.shutterstock.com/es/search/chain+to+birds?context_photo=1190448805&search_source=base_related_searches

Sediment in Elements

don’t need the
blistered lips,

to prove i guard
our flame

then slip,

or that she feels a blush
from sacred shames,

no greed to drown my
heart in flow of
nameless
grace,

to know just how
frail i swim,

don’t want charged
air’s burnt hair
for taste

to chase me from fear
of this stranger
space,

though i still long for
gait on sturdy
ground,

still lost for place to
set this ol’ flag
down.

image: https://nameberry.com/blog/4-elements-baby-names-earth-fire-air-water

image: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32777224981.html