Slick as the Street

featured in the poetry forum June 24, 2020  :: 0 comments

Drunk in the corner
and raining outside.
Someone reading
Sartre in French.
She came in,
slick as the street,
drank to herself,
but took it all in.
A short hunched-
back sells tablets
for a buck each,
and the chef is
fucking the waitress
while her child
screams for milk.
Some guy on a make-
shift stage is talking
about shooting-up
some nymph, then
licking her from toes
to brow as she
foams in a stupor.
He is a prophet
in his own mind.
The cast of some
bad ‘acid’ film.
In black and white,
with all its noise,
grain and other flaws.
The ‘slick’ one offers
the screaming kid milk,
as he claws her breasts.
A crack of thunder
from outside, and
it’s all gone…
just like that.
My head hangs limp.
Can’t begin to explain.

editors note:

Quarant-erium tremens. Oh my! – mh clay

From The Heart

featured in the poetry forum February 16, 2020  :: 0 comments

For C.R.R.

Like a calf
strayed from
its mother,
like an apple
rolled from its
tree.
Like a conch shell
alone on the ocean’s
floor,
I am abandoned,
without you with
me.
The state of loneliness
can never be mocked,
nor can it be endured.
Especially when feelings
have grown so real,
and love has so deeply
matured.
Here is one from the heart,
soft and sensitive,
like they say I never write…
because now I see, past
my lonely, dark soul,
your face in golden
light.

editors note:

My tree, my tree, your apple I be. – mh clay

Educations

featured in the poetry forum November 24, 2019  :: 0 comments

Sitting back
and watching,
after readings,
as they
share a
stick or
cheap booze.
Although I
cannot indulge,
I am
still enriched
by ‘Bohemians.’
Discussing the
‘Beats’ or
the ‘Lost
Generation’ over
peanut butter
sandwiches and
black coffee
till all
hours can
be therapeutic.
Quoting Blake,
Trashing Pound,
Exalting W.
C. Williams,
Committing Poe
To memory
In spite.
Speculating on
becoming noble
‘expatriates’ living,
barely thriving.
Great nights.
Love to
run them
again plus
ten… worth
at least
a couple of
college educations.

editors note:

What makes our madness magical. Yes! Again plus ten… – mh clay

B.S. (Before Sobriety)

featured in the poetry forum January 24, 2019  :: 0 comments

‘This is bull-shit’,
I thought to myself,
as this burned out
record producer poured
most of my ‘blow ski’ into a
vial of water and baking soda.
When it had coagulated
into solid form,
I took a hit from a
small glass pipe…
Heart pounded…
couldn’t swallow…
got the fear!
The others took to it like
flies to shit and started
handing him their vials.
I needed air.
I stepped out on the balcony.
There was a girl passed out in
a lounge chair, whom I didn’t
even bother to try and wake.
In the cool and clear of the
evening I could see the LA skyline
from Boyle Heights downtown to
Santa Monica Beach.
I opened my shirt against the
misty-cool night in an attempt
to un-alter myself.
When I could swallow again it
took me over a pint of Scotland’s
finest to feel normal again.
No more of that crap…
This could lead to ruination.
I didn’t touch that shit again…
even when it became fashionable.

editors note:

Sometimes, it takes “the fear!” – mh clay

Crazy

featured in the poetry forum October 16, 2018  :: 0 comments

Crazy like that time
drunk on the high seas
with no life jackets.
Or seeing how high
you can count while
driving with eyes closed.
(Got to 64 once).
Enough about me.
I don’t know if she’s crazy.
She talks as if so.
Seems like some ‘lord’ or
another has got her
lock, stock, & barrel.
Got her believing in…faith;
stuff not seen or known.
Crazy like Russian roulette
with an automatic.
Bucking the odds in a
disreputable casino….
drinking without thirst.
Back to me.
Maybe I’m wrong.
Maybe I’m crazy.
Maybe I’m too crazy
to realize I’m crazy.
Maybe I do come from dust
and not from amoeba.
From women, not apes.
I’m not crazy!
I know those voices aren’t
real…especially the one
that says it’s G-d.

editors note: Everyone is normal when crazy determines crazy. (We welcome S.A. to our (normally) crazy congress of Contributing Poets with this submission. Read more of his madness on his new page – check it out.) – mh clay

Long Wait

November 23, 2014  :: 0 comments

A swim at the beach by night
and a bottle of cheap ‘Port’.

Beans and weenies at the hotel.

The muted sound of a Sax from
an open window across the alley.

An orange moon begs to share
light despite the drawn curtains.

Love lies dying in the dark
she exhales like a deflated balloon.

Alone now—

Once again, fighting the long
wait until dawn.

Out of drink…
Out of smokes…
Out of luck.

Losing the fight thus far.

editors note: “All good things come to those who wait!” say those who got what they waited for. – mh clay

Perfect Isolation

featured in the poetry forum September 11, 2014  :: 0 comments

Hiding out in the mid-night blue.
Old school cool jazz blowing hot.
Felines present purr their own songs,
in the smoke-filled room.
Peanut-butter and honey sandwiches;
more coffee and smokes.
Fingers on the keys, unconscious dictation.
The wind rustling through the chimes
outside sends a momentary chill to the blood.
The machine takes another call;
don’t feel like talking right now…as usual.
Let nothing intrude but the senses.
Hiding out again…and always.
Bless this perfect isolation.

editors note: When “unconscious dictation” comes best; when it’s only you, yourself and… – mh clay