ready, sweaty, alpha-getti

filter out the funk in all
our sweaty flavours

or squish them like shrinkin’
heads ‘tween slick
fingers?

take a sip n’ ride me like some chewy
candy junky straddles ledge of
cliff mid crumble,

breakfast’s a booty full o’ alpha-getti
skipped lunch and ground my
beans into blind date
for dinner
,

butter n’ brown sugar pie
for me n’ only cookie
crumble for poor
Betty,

image: https://www.picuki.com/tag/paintingforgrandma

image: https://www.deviantart.com/silverandgoldd/art/Alphagetti-Love-60245674

Tears Painted On

loosely inspired by recent Joker film.

the precious poet is
but clown,

in gaudy garb and glitter
gutter frown

held grades back in graffiti
mask and baggy cloud

ink mist flowers loaded pin
on lapel to shock or stain
all craving a closer
smell,

some prose jokes’ll make
’em wince worries into
untouched brow,

others will leave em fearin’
clowns more than those
laughter tears
show now.

image: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/560557484852513315/?lp=true

image: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/344806915204616178/?lp=true

Good’s a Slow Learn (with heartburn)

A compassionate conversation with excerpt from a version of, ‘the Crunch’ from life-long inspiration, Bukowski. Response written as if shared between us and the bottle. My part, intended as humble respect. For full poem, click here: https://bukowski.net/poems/the_crunch.php

Too much
too little
or not enough

too fat
too thin
or nobody

laughter or
tears
or immaculate
non-concern

haters
lovers

and people are not good to each other


too settled
non-committal
more than’s
enough,

sucked out fat,
now too thin
this ain’t
no body,

nervous laughter,
few pure tears
over concern

lovers sleeping
beneath haters

people are not good
to each other, or
maybe good’s
just a slow
learn.

image: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/charles-bukowski-portrait-david-shumate.html

image: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2UCT5ABGa4