Tongue Tired

the world cries sellout in a
blackout and fades our scene
into white background, no space
in which we may free limbs to
twist, all vice no voice left n’
i’m all hoarse shout, but it
won’t keep the blue birds
holding up my words
from flyin’ out

twisted so hard my
eyes just flew
south,

please ignore the tongue
twisting up my
mouth.

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Bar Band in Low Demand

frontman with no front teeth
croons his demons loose for
an empty crowd o’ chairs
in some tavern
band,

and numbed down drummer, trips all
over his beat until it sweeps the
lost soul from each
empty seat,

band’s one note song begs
repeat ’til no end on
these endless
days

and unplugged jukebox
in the corner never
even asked to
play.

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Dinner Host (the Table's Ghost)

a fresh corked bottle stands up
in the middle of undressed
table and gathers dust
like dinner guests,

and not a scrap falls below our
level elbows to the unrest
of gaunt n’ roving
graveyard
pets
,

but the gristly feast ain’t
over yet, and i know this
cause popped cork
just grazed my
sober head.

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A Shift in Song's Pitch

in thaw of moments, ever notice
the pitch in bird’s tune shift
at least an octave,

when frozen lemon beams
hit the cheek like some
boxer’s old wool
mitts?

in the jaws of quiet moments,
ever notice the pitch in bird’s tune
lift up night’s hostage by the
belt pinchin’ his neck?

it’s the sorta song that’s
easy to respect, in spite of
fever risin’ from its
depths

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The Lost Piece

i picked it up and just stuck it
where i thought it
best fit,

then hasty me, i picked it
up again and tried to
stick it somewhere
different

then the regret hit, but tight space
in which it once forced a fit
had gone and filled in on
itself without the very
it that once fit,

and what’cha want, love?
there’s nothing more
to it,

you wanna read somethin’
different then go
write it.

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The Squeal of Worn Wheels

aspire for what you admire
and not for what
who you can
hire

to stoke all your fires n’ poke
your bears sleepin’ and pedaling
in circles on broken unicycles
feet worn swollen hot
wheels in crisis-

can’t feel the brake through its
molten metal, dead bus speedin’
round its track, sound’s so
damn loud

he leaves muddy circles cropped
in crispy grass of wasted
playground
.

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Pale Birds of Heather

the pale birds of
haunted heather

have flown the flue for
a tall glass o’ fresh
squeezed water

and palms of pleasure’s balmy coves
somewhere other than home
where trimmed branches
warp in droves,

she fails in freeing clipped wings
time’s sewn into sofa’s
leather,

n’ wipes her blue nose on
old starchy cloth she
calls new clothes
.

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Come n' Catch Me

cat burglar men manicuring lives for
for the non living with fungus in
gritty bloom under their
nails,

kicked indents in so many bulges
in fuck’it buckets, spilled hot
garbage from jaws o’ many
many tipped over pails,

IV bag kid’s missing out on
the cloud of butterflies
unleashed in each
stumbling
fail,

chasin’ all those nuthins through
blazing hoops, in hopes of
catchin’ a twitch of
cat’s own tail.

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