Selecting a Font

  The story of my life, contents kept, story told, nothing left. Melancholy at the lows and hilarity when exposed. A knife edge tension grows, then breaks and we laugh until our bodies ache.   The plot lines all described. Characters live and die. Edited and analyzed, stripped down for another re-write. But, what font […]

The Dying of the Year

  Watching the leaves change, color dripping into my vision, like an artist painting over some abandoned canvas.   Grey and blue the sky awaits. Hazy and threatening to bruise purple and turn the heart cold.   Mule deer in the field, crops cut low and the elk bugle echoes down the valley. Time for […]

A Guiding Thread

   Following a thread, leading me through a maze. Don’t know the way, but I keep going. Can’t tell if this thread pulls me along, or if I am pulling it out and unravelling the world. Nothing makes sense, and I’m not sure it ever did, but I have love and that ought to be […]

Wanderer

  I’m coming home from far out on the edge. It’s been too long, I can’t keep leaving again and again. I can’t be a ghost when you need a friend. I can’t be who I’m supposed to be with only memories in my head.   Left seeking something that I thought I’d find out […]

Sins of Summer

  Seeking the warmth of the autumn sun, knowing very soon winter  will come, but in this season where we usually forget, it feels like we’re holding on to the sins of summer.   I remember your smiling face, I remember your kind eyes, but I also remember when you turned them so easily into […]

Bad Words

  Brace yourself. These words might not be what you wanted. Fear is a natural response to a snake, or a spider, but these are just transmissions of light, symbols on a page. They can’t hurt you can they?   Can this be a knife along your skin? Can you feel these words cut deep? […]

Disassembly Required

  It’s a fine line between getting there and not getting there at all. Life’s a spectrum, mostly just “Survive or die”, but there’s a lot of ways to stop living.   Set your mind on yesterday and try to take all that weight into tomorrow. You aren’t built to hold that kind of payload. […]

Selfless

  There’s nothing left of me. I gave it all for you. Skin, hair and fingernails, organs and muscle, bones, nerves, brain; I gave everything. All of my yesterdays, even this moment and this space. Every second I had to my name. I have nothing more to give away. Soul and song, a blissful serenade […]

Evacuation

  Breaking away from what we thought was sanity. Repetition over and over, revealed itself to be something grown under, a misanthropic cancer, we thought we could just ignore.   Now, the pain of separating ourselves from our reality comes to pass and love will be a casualty.   This is something more than changing […]

Under This Perfect Sky

Watch the storm clouds break against the evening sky, the deep blue of the coming night, big as an ocean. My headlights barely seem to touch the pavement, wet with the passing rain. I should be paying attention. Animals are on the move this time of day, and my Jeep might take a mule deer, […]

Knowing the Way

  So, this is the way? I never would have guessed, you know? How do you hide all these twists and turns in what looks like a straight road?   I’ve asked a lot of questions and didn’t like the answers much. I’m the kind you have to deceive, because if you grab me by […]

Configuration

  Carry me through my infatuations. Dispose of any bodies in my wake. The days are strange and getting stranger by the hour, by the minute, by the gaze.   My eyes open and I take in the light of this blessed morning. Take this vessel on a journey, so that I can see clearly […]

Pine Cones

  Innocence passed away. The world was not the same. What had once been colors is now grey. I am not afraid. this is the way the game is played and we are paid with bloodstains.   Concentrate. Remember when we were  young and pine cones were grenades. Never worried that things would blow up […]

A Buried Signal

  I hear something in the noise, so subtle that I’ve missed it until now, but I can hear it, a message in the madness. Maybe a few cycles different, running counter to the current, frequency to one adjacent, hidden deep in the turbulence.   I can’t tell if it’s been buried there on purpose, […]

That Night

  Take me back to that night we explored the darkness and its subtleties tried to hold us, caress us and enfold us. Was it magic, or was it merely a hallucination that dragged us up out of ourselves?   The wide sky, brightly scattered stars told us the story of our lives and we […]

Old Spiders

  I was told once that old spiders, before they die, get so full of venom, they lose their minds. Instinct slowly overrides and they start looking for something to bite.   Big, mean, and aggressive. So, I guess my question is, when are you gonna come down off your web and start trying to […]

A Promise to the Dreaming

  Listening, barely more than a whisper. Eyes closed still, are you dreaming? Rapid eyes tell me you are somewhere else right now.   Where will you be when you wake up? What kind of world will you occupy? Ranging from comforting to torturous, could anyone really be prepared?   Something is escaping your lips. […]