Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Always Sometimes Once Never

Always is read
in the eyes
in plate and mug
of the heart.

Sometimes waits
coin on the counter
says he paid already
prayed already
sometimes shifts in his seat
red in the eye.

Once takes breath
holds breath hopeful
once rolls a large stone.

Never twists knobs, watches
toys with himself
plays with the moment
never looks away.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Semicolon

He slows;
she passes.
He grins;
she blushes.
Wink
wink.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Door

Vestal virgin I the door
stand among others
in the home improvement store.
I'm to have an angel’s role
with spread of wing to block intrusive wind
the uninvited eyes of men.

I witness careless words, conspiracies, the petty peeves
relieved at length by wink, by laughter, palms of peace.

I blush to see the wild and wet of passion’s tangled limbs
approach of little feet, the passion dimmed.

My dismay at brooding hunch
the huddled hands that pen a parting note.

At times I’ve only stillness days on end
when floating motes assemble on my edge.

I’ve seen a mum give voice to her exhausted joy
there glowing moist a little girl ... and boy.

Yet I’m no midwife, chamber maid or priest.
Unhinge me now and trestle spread a feast.