Never Turn Your Back to the Sea

October 29, 2008

things will get better again,
but when they do, will we notice?
caught up in microcosms
while the universe swirls above us,

we are quietly conditioned
and too focused to see,
we imagine ourselves mighty
but warn, never turn your back to the sea.


Catharsis

October 29, 2008

catharsis,
so i must admit
that you’ve got me
all wrong again,
but here goes, here goes

i went down
to your house
just see if
you’d be around
but you’re not, you’re always gone


How Many How Much

October 28, 2008

how much torture
is prerequisite 
to rescue?

how much tension
has to build
before release?

how many questions
before answers?

how many wars
will be fought
in the name of peace?


Freedom and Justice for All

October 28, 2008

Freedom
must be complete
for anyone to be free
and justice
must be stern and true
in order that it be just.


Bricks

October 24, 2008

as our riches fade
and culture crumbles 
into the dust from which
the bricks will be fired
to build the houses of our
conquerers,
some things remain unchanged,
strength of will
and beauty in nature still
remain.


Words

October 23, 2008

words have echoes
our common bond,
upon history’s lips
the great thinker’s thoughts
are a romantic’s kiss;
words have voices,
gravestone epitaphs,
or initials carved to a tree,
ringing through hallways
and whispering through the sheets;
words have tastes,
sweet as golden summer
and cool as Robert Frost.


Untitled

October 22, 2008

the wealthy die rich
the poor die sick
and nowhere between
are their lines mixed


Gossamer or Green

October 21, 2008

spiders or flowers
webs among vines
minutes still move to hours
a tick at a time.


When I Was Young I Was Eager

October 20, 2008

fingers
leaving a trail of bumps,
the small translucent hairs
rising
on her arm,
barely touching –
subtle tremors,
eyes closed
tight.
tension upon tension,
gentle kisses
warm
against her skin,
follow her shoulders curve
up to her neck
and the smooth
corners of her
lips.


We Are Not We

October 20, 2008

i want you to understand
we are not WE
we are you,
we are me,
and we were never us.
we would never have done
what was done by us.