DEAR READER

featured in the poetry forum June 2, 2019  :: 0 comments

In pursuit of the common touch
They wanted to know
If I’d stake
My life on it.

Vive la difference!

What I’m most curious of – is,
Would they then raise
Defiant fists
If I didn’t.

editors note:

To say makes true, but to swear makes news. – mh clay

FORECAST 25th DECEMBER 2018

featured in the poetry forum December 24, 2018  :: 0 comments

There are specks of blood
On the freeway.
A dog’s met death.
Met it head-on.
We allow some sort of pity.

There are specks of blood
Of a different kind,
A kind that can’t be seen – when
Someone’s ravaged a forest,
Or a Eucharist’s become a black hole.

There are specks of blood, historic
Specks, left to be gloried at.
Zelda. Lorca. The common lovers:
Anthony and Cleopatra
And all the King’s men.

There are specks of blood
About the satellite cities.
No longer do we believe in the stars.
The planets. Our Milky-way’s
Turned a blood red sea.

There are specks and more specks
Upon your motherly aprons
America! Russia! Your
Off-spring grow weak
With that manic menopause.

There are specks of blood
On the lips of the many ‘saviours’.
Hell is on holiday.
Lucifer’s taken his leave.
Gabriel… he’s armed and dangerous.

editors note:

All I want for Christmas are (2) white handkerchiefs; (1) to stop the flow, and (2) to call for parley. – mh clay

SOUL SISTER

featured in the poetry forum October 13, 2018  :: 0 comments

I take it, the crust
Of the moment,
One word
At a time…

Move it
Cross country
Past the livery
Stable, the train’s

Box-cars, all
‘A hoot’
On the half hour
Siding where

… Same as Great
Grandma,
I put it
In a pipe

And smoke it.

editors note: Yup! Ride them rails as far as they’ll take ya. Better to smoke than be smoked. – mh clay

DESIGN

featured in the poetry forum July 15, 2018  :: 0 comments

When he whispers incantations
Across the ceremonial pit
In late winter
The last snow-drift orbits
The tree tops
Like smoke
On a morning stroll
Headed towards
Infinity’s skylight.

Praise abounds. The sun soars.
Raven gives
A jocular
Caw matched only
By the smiling Elder
Who has
My father’s eyes and more.

With hands wide open – we
Spread the wealth.

editors note:

Add double the bubble to your toil, no trouble. Magic as money to spend on you. – mh clay

THE VOID

featured in the poetry forum March 25, 2018  :: 0 comments

If my hand hadn’t trembled so
I’d not have
Let go of the moon.
Pluto and Mars
Wouldn’t be
Warring it up
And I, I needn’t be left
To conquer
One dismal room
With a fountain-pen,
Four off-white
Walls – and
My head aside
As paper-weight.

editors note:

Had it, just a moment ago… Paper-weight? Maybe doorstop to keep it open for the gods’ return. – mh clay

INSOMNIA

featured in the poetry forum December 2, 2017  :: 0 comments

Consider the ash
In its 3rd degree,
The Partisan
You’ve
Made of me.

I succumbed, but
Only when
Someone had to
Lead the band

Out, over the walls
Of the Infirmary –.

Biographers,
Aspired, will fire
A line
So slick:

Was there no
More to this
Than
The music?

editors note:

Maybe, if it’s got a beat you can dance to… – mh clay

GRAPH

featured in the poetry forum September 6, 2017  :: 0 comments

Walking the rainbow’s trellis,
Sun slung to my right arm,
Moon on my left…

Whoever says
Impossible
Does not offend;

Levels of sanity
Extend;
Bend…

Just take that rainbow,
Heaven’s
Hunchback,

Beautiful
To a fault.

editors note:

Beauty abounds for the open eye; it’s all possible. – mh clay

THE SONG OF THE AZURE CAMEO – MT ETNA

featured in the poetry forum June 8, 2017  :: 0 comments

Now, finally, I want to carry the clear corn
Resurrected in my grandmother’s veil.
I want to place the selenium where
It must sustain the object
Of this most cautious of customs;
Retain forever the bread Host’s transmutation.

Smoke is rising from the chimney. I will.
Bounteous mother, treat our guests
To a wake of your finery. Figs,
I have gathered.
Tomatoes and crushed almonds!
Sweet yellow wine is to be shared with
The herdsman’s son,
The Carabinieri and those

From the grotto. Not wastrel nor saint
Should forget how you sang
And nurtured here. Concordantly, the eyelids
Will be covered by the palms of your
Confettied hospice. Crickets hum
In nearby thickets. At yuletide I’ll toss

The sachet of camomile into the lava’s
Compendium… then
Lay down
With the corn.
With the veil.

editors note:

Take what’s passed until we are past. – mh clay

THE PACIFIST

featured in the poetry forum February 24, 2017  :: 0 comments

Beyond reasonable doubt
There’s an entrapment
The lesion
Of the spirit
Contorts to ~

The abandoned echo,
Distinctly
Brine-dipped,
Hewn into
A judicial
Stone kiss.

Perversity preys upon itself.
Humankind is not
Kind… fevering
The white-washed hands
Of faith’s tactician

Where hearts, hung like
Bedouin relics,
Are made
To be
Crushed.

editors note:

Makes a combatant’s mouth water. – mh clay

ANTI-POLITICS THUMBNAIL

featured in the poetry forum December 8, 2016  :: 0 comments

… Whoever’s prophet material
Had best seek counsel
From the nation
Of ‘The Northern Lights’:

No velure head-hunter need apply –

No Moulin Rouge mudslinger –

No tyrannous protoplasm
Batting an evil eye –.

Lucidity epitomises
The cold ground’s
Imminent banter;

“Where man ends
The flame begins” *

And we will never
Put Prague
Or Jan Palach
Back together, again.

{*Miroslav Holub}

editors note:

If self-immolation was the required imprimatur, we’d have damn few prophets. – mh clay