Stages

And now you’ve nothing on me You’ll never again know my dress patterns if I wear brown with black in any successful fashion. The fabric texture of my jackets will elude you where does he buy his groceries? And now…

Etymology

Last night you brought me some objects from the beach– starfish, whale tooth, fish skeleton- a flounder with bad luck, you said. You draped seaweed over your head And called it mermaid hair, reminding me of the day you swam…

On Fruit

“Knowledge” is a fair rhyme for “orange” (the fruit), though it’s evident that very few people have noticed this, despite rather obvious connections between justified true belief and the vivid pigments of a citrus rind. “Orange” is also the name…

Horizon

This is not a script. This is no Hollywood box office smash. There are no special effects There is no one in makeup. No one to hide your age No one to produce battle scars on you. There is no…

Sixteen

The zoo escapes from the lion. The lion is walking around Fifth Avenue looking for his cage. He misses the zoo. He likes being captured. He likes having his day given back to him So he no longer has to…

In a Cold Room

He sips his wine from a dirty glass in a cold room the rug a shade darker blue than his fingers The thermostat hanging from the off white wall like children’s sneakers from an electrical wire and he laughs to…

Picture Frame

I am a pair of too often worn socks. I am a pine tree at Christmas and a Turkey on Thanksgiving. Most of my thoughts smell that new car smell and my breath sounds like unfinished songs. My mouth is…