Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Ju speak Spanish, jes?
I looked down at my arms,
No, I answered.
Ju should learn Spanish, mijo,
I don’t recall selling another tool that day.
Instead, I wandered the department store, the alleys of
Not even my own father told me to learn
The customer was wrong.
Who was he to judge if my
was properly educated?
Recently, I thought about his words,
Straight white lines
on dark blue paper.
When you think about it, what blueprints are fully attuned to the rigors of
When it comes down to it, what fathers fully understand all they must teach their
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Gas Station Blues
I drove by the abandoned station
with X’s for eyes on the gas pumps
and fast food chicken nugget flavored water scents
parading up and down the scarred asphalt.
Car tires whir
and patrons accidentally skip their shoulda been
toll change out the window
and let summer seep into their rusted boxcars
as people launch fireworks and bullets
at ungodly hours.
Coffee shop loitering regulars
trot by the pond behind the drive-up,
the alley reeking like a
high school cigarette bathroom
tarnished with dry paper towel ink
and cardboard thoughts
with scribbled streak scrawl
of study hall poetry.
My heart dilates my eyes
proceeding to pencil sharpen
my tap-dancing fingers
as his leather coat paper airplane glides
and whirs the revolving door
like the kickback of a chicken’s head
flying off for target practice,
or a can in No Man’s Land
shot to hell like a wandering baseball
just eyein’ your jackhole of a neighbor’sfront window
and the rubber-band drops into my system
giving me some sort of
rollercoaster shock from electric bar syndrome
not yet invented
and tells me to give a chance
and love him.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
stric (t) sock;;—
ska ksa (id),,
ir 8 (I ate)d;
wren (WREN) wren;; to Punch
a passenger pigeon;
spitless scrounge sock vitamin S;
(17,000 mi)les downthroat
stich sick sticks — throat WARD;;
stung by poisontooth;
don’t say a darkword;
of asp after asp after ASP!!
bloated tertiary syphilis
,, magnanimous moth.
night save day
rubber ORE ;;—
(egg cet ERA)
(spoiled rotgut windchime children).