Tuesday, April 30, 2019

April 30th - Tombstones

Seven of Hearts - Tombstones

Cut flowers decay
In light autumn rain. After:
Moss thrives on cold stones!

Monday, April 29, 2019

April 29th - Easter Eggs

Nine of Hearts - Easter Eggs

Spring Festival

My nostrils flare with the memory of smells
White vinegar, aluminum, sulfurous eggs
The friction from muslin cloth still felt by
Fingertips stained blue and green and red
Small heart beating fast as I think of
All the early-morning sweets and all
Potential hiding places - unfathomable!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

April 28th - Pack Animals

Seven of Spades - Pack Animals


The animal coughs and sputters
Struggling under weight of overflowing
Saddlebags, under your abundance

Your mule, mad-eyed and wheezing
Edges closer to the precipice while
You gaze at your treasures

Oh, the weight of your saddlebags!

April 27th - Subway Riders

Eight of Clubs - Subway Riders

R Train, Downtown 

We sway in unison
Looking at ads for mattress
Ads for dating apps
Whatever is outside
Scuffed Plexiglas windows
Anything but
The strange small woman
Shouting about Jesus

Saturday, April 27, 2019

April 26th - The Sandwich Question

Six of Spades - The Sandwich Question

Is A Hamburger a Sandwich?

How can you define anything?
What is Truth or
What is between us?
When you can’t even
Define a sandwich 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

April 25th - Statue at Lee Circle

Six of Hearts - Statue at Lee Circle

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Maybe

Drunk on the new
Drunk off a fifth of whisky
I sang in the streets 
Convinced I had found my twin
Convinced I was in love
With the smell of magnolia
With the near-morning dew
I galloped the streets smiling
Like some conquering northern general
Riding by the sad bronze face of
Robert E. Lee - a statue 
Staring into the past forever while
I sang in the sunrise streets
Of a new New Orleans

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

April 24th - Bodhisattvas

Queen of Clubs - Bodhisattvas

Bodhisattva at 3am

Welcome overstayed 
Jawing and wild-eyed 
You credit compassion
You have for all beings
The spontaneous
Glory of compassion!
Have you awoken?
Or are you just
Hanging around?

April 23rd - The Myth of Sisyphus

Two of Hearts - The Myth of Sisyphus 


It was the clock on her bedside table
That you focused on after
You both agreed it was not 
A big deal and she tried to fall
Asleep and you just stared at a clock
Doing what it is designed to do
A clock with a second hand that never
Stops moving designed so the tip
Looks like Sisyphus pushing 
A boulder around and around
And you watched that 
Boulder turn until the sun’s
Presence proved to you 
You were not dreaming

Monday, April 22, 2019

April 22nd - The Myth of Entitlement Reform

Two of Spades - The Myth of Entitlement Reform


“The number-one way to be thrifty
Is to privatize benefits swiftly”
This is easy to say
When Americans pay
For you to retire at fifty

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