2020-12-10 – Heavy Lunch

an inch of ice between
the sea and
my feet,

surface so slight
its veins
are..

spreading through
misty frost
into

nowhere but
down to

plunge,

but i can’t swim yet,
it’s been less
than..

an hour since
our heavy
lunch.

Grumpy Gorman
igram: https://www.instagram.com/gèèrumpygorm

*poem loosely inspired by the Frightened Rabbit song “Floating in the Fourth”. Lead singer, Scott Hutchinson committed suicide in 2018 after a very candid history of depression. The cover above was part of a tribute album dedicated to the memory of Scott and his vulnerable and wry musical voice. It’s not all honey and rainbows, so i won’t pretend it’s so.

image at – https://www.deviantart.com/x-ample/art/Walking-On-Thin-Ice-15883318

2020-11-22 – Nude Perch

a nude perch
looks worse

come dusk when shadows
shun their call
to sleep,

hope’s but the feathers
scattered in
with

a bony winter
to come,

who will notice if
my hair goes
missing?

and who will
pretend to
listen?

++++

nude perch looks
so much
barer,

when i’ve had too
many hours
to care.

Grumpy Gorman
igram: https://www.instagram.com/gèèrumpygorm

image at – https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/4222193378697973/

gif at – https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/430727151842668420/

2020-11-13 – Fade of Feathers

mother dove flirts me
from slumber
via song

then i tuck my head
beneath an old
cardinal’s
wing,

but i can’t catch my
breath or see
a thing,

save for the raspy
raven circling
chimney
stacks,

moon silvering
his matted
black,

as he fades into
smoggy haze,

lord, tell me how through
all this grey is blue
bird to find the
way back
to..

his
cage?

Grumpy Gorman
igram: https://www.instagram.com/gèèrumpygorm

image at – https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/166773992434840248/

gif at – https://tenor.com/search/chimney-gifs

2020-10-24 – A Cold Noon in June

whisk me somewhere
bright, and..

i’ll try my dearest to
make the trip
feel nice,

at least until
we feather
down

on icy feet atop
a blistered
beach

buried in a
blizzard’s
random
freak,

it’s a damn
cold noon
in june,
and

my drink’s
weak.

Grumpy Gorman
igram: https://www.instagram.com/gèèrumpygorm

painting by Jeremy Norton at – https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/202662051952618492/

..if i may be so bold as to speak.