Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I've known myself to lose bits of time. It happens more frequently at times, like now. The sun was shining, it's dark now. The smell of asphalt and trees. I left work at the door. The things I have time for dissolve into the things I haven't done. A cardboard heart caked in wax hangs above me. Buddy Holly sings about his one desire. It's always you.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Bring me back.
I remember the sea of possibilities
and I remember the echoes of darkness--
the echoes of silence.
The ocean of books. The ever-present
and the one disguised as a petrel.
No ordinary petrel would have done the
dastardly things this one did.
But a crow...crows are smarter than
petrels. Perhaps not so much as the
albatross, though I'm sure they're on similar
of existence. Thought.
I'd like to think like that.
Monday, April 11, 2011
it's pretty pretentious
to exclude someone from
readership. Who are you
to say who gets to read
and who gets to respond
and who understands and
who will never know the
feeling and who can see
into your soul and mind
and who sits outside of
the house, just looking
in, hoping that someday
they will have a chance
to regain what they may
have once had, somehow.
Who are you to accuse a
person of anything that
you don't know yourself
unless it is just being
human? What else can we
say? What else is there
at all? What boundaries
can we manufacture that
will unite us? Dividing
ourselves will never be
the answer. We are one.
Monday, April 4, 2011
There is a disproportionate number of times
that I sit down to write and feel the urge
to write the word "Listen."
Listen, I understand that it's inappropriate
to start every piece one writes with the same
one word mandate--
BUT WHY SHOULDN'T I?
I need your attention somehow and
God knows you won't
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
A good friend once told me...
a lost friend...
lost isn't the right word...
a friend that has gone out to sea,
waving her arms frantically as I
stood on shore wondering what happens next,
- at this point,
this could be about anybody. It's probably
that the only way to write is to keep writing
and never stop.
- the possibilities are still endless,
and it's still probably you -
so off we go.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Friday, December 17, 2010
Maybe you don't get it.
Punk isn't about doing drugs.
It's not about anarchy.
It's not about partying
or coarse language
or vandalism or spray paint
or about getting wasted.
It's not about sex,
or "bucking the system"
by deviating from law and order.
Punk isn't about dressing
a certain way or about
knowing a lot about music.
It's not about going out every night
and it's not about being
Punk is about being true to yourself.
Punk is about non-conformity,
it's about FREE THOUGHT,
and it's about never surrendering
your beliefs for the sake of
acceptance from others. It's about
doing things for yourself. And it's
about standing together. It's about
using your gifts and talents
to your potential, no matter what
someone says. It's about standing up,
for yourself, for your friends, and
for your belief system. All of it.
All the time. Never back down.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The Campbell's Steak & Potato Chunky Soup is a full - bodied, flavorful soup that features an abundance of potato slices, cooked beef and sliced mushrooms.
Since mushroom allergies are both airborne and through contact, the symptoms are of both airborne allergies and contact dermatitis. Here are some of the common symptoms:
-Itching and burning of the mouth, if the mushroom has been ingested
-Swelling of tongue, lips or mouth
-Itching all over the body, especially those areas where the contact with mushrooms has been maximum
-Nausea and vomiting
-Tightness in chest and breathlessness
-Swelling of throat
A person may also experience dizziness, loss of consciousness, a sudden fall in blood pressure or an anaphylactic reaction. Though this is rare, a person may need to be administered epinephrine or adrenaline injections to prevent such an attack. If not administered on time, the person may go into shock.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
A window to the world
rests snug against
of my letter,
ready to carry
to wherever it may
standing at attention
passage across all
A flag of freedom,
pledging its loyalty
to any who
carries its sealed
Icon of truth,
emblem of relations,
it is you that tightens
the gap of the
of our world. You,
of love, agent of good news;
of request and regret,
you are liaison to
life-and-life, you have the
power to join us from
through weather and
where no one man
can carry on,
you protect the living
Sunday, November 28, 2010
life throws you things
that not only do you
but that you don't really know
how to handle.
don't know how
to draw that line
that so desperately
needs to be drawn.
"Humbert Humbert's folly was not
his attraction to Lolita, but
in his failure to distance
himself from her, knowing his
attraction was both illegal and
It's sickening that Lolita
keeps rearing its ugly,
ugly head. And in the oddest
of places, mind you.
If only the rights didn't seem
but the wrongs are so wrong.
And I, in the eye of the storm.
Here and Here
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Dying in a head-down position
and autopsy may reveal
no morphological findings
which explain the cause of death sufficiently.
mainly postural changes
of circulation must be considered
to explain the cause of death.
Two cases of death are reported
where death occurred
in a head-down position,
among them an autoerotic accident
with suspension of a man
in a sack.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
The innumerable voices in the crowd
were growing into a murmuring buzz,
but there was a visible silence
between us; though I suppose my ears
may have been ringing.
We had--have? some history I think,
but even anonymity has its way
of being healed by time.
I guess its no one's fault,
but my motto (no regret)
has taken a turn for the worst recently
but maybe for the better.
The glance, though, we each made
from across the auditorium (which was
quickly broken upon discovery),
told me that it was over.
"Sorry to say."
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
All things come to pass, and so do I.
I lament my death. But to what avail?
I dream, and lying prostrate at the altar,
can only fear with inexperience the fallout
of my indecision. Suppose Ligeia correct
and the death of the body is only a result
of the unwillingness of the soul to survive.
Then, is it my decision, my own self-worth
that has suffered in this ill fate?
But if it is only by will (disregarding tragedy)
that we pass through, why lament the coming
of the end of days? The bridge between life and
death is the ultimate unknowing, it is the epitome
of fear and of desire. No question brings us closer
to the enlightenment of the soul because no question
remains as unanswerable. The soul then, upon
answering the unanswerable, releases itself
from the body as the autumn leaves release
themselves from the grips of the tree as they
gasp their last breaths of summer.
We grieve the loss of life even more than we rejoice
in the sustenance of it. Is life such a commodity
that we needn’t celebrate it, yet all at once so sacred
we endlessly mourn its loss? Ceaselessly we preach
a life beyond life, a city of divinity so brilliant; its
very streets are made of gold. Faithfully, we commit
to this concept of ascension, yet insatiably, we curse Death
upon his arrival.
It is true that angels are terrifying. The position around
the throne of divinity can instill nothing less than horror
to the mortal soul that has forgotten such radiance.
The preface to the sight of the angel is always
“do not be afraid.” Its terrifying appearance, unmatched
in our realm, is an intensity that does nothing but serve
us with an image of our own mortality. Like staring
into the sun, we can only face mortality for a short time.
Only man laments his end to such great extent
because only man considers himself above all else in
creation. Drop, Narcissus, your arrogance into
the pool you reflect in. Leave it to the fish who, wiser
than you, lament not in their demise for they see
in themselves the cycle of all living things. Does
the snake mourn the shedding of his skin; or
the hermit crab his outgrown shell? Nor should man
grieve the freeing of the soul from body. Return it
to the earth, from which we all once came. No longer
should we shield ourselves in darkness from the glory
of the sun, but embrace the mortal light of the angels
which brings us life and which reminds us
of our inevitable death.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
If heaven is a crutch,
the glimmer of hope
at the end of the tunnel,
the pill we gulp
to counter the threats
if heaven is our ascendancy
to a city of gold in the clouds--
where each and every soul
on earth goes because we
deserve it, because we were
I don't think I want to go.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
So a friend of mine is editing a brand new journal in Pittsburgh. Accepted submissions are awarded a copy of the journal plus an Editor's Choice award of $50-$100 for one prose piece, and $40-$80 for one poetry piece. Also, any authors featured on the website will receive $10.
You don't even have to be from the area to submit. There are tons of writers here, why not give yourself an opportunity, not only to be heard in a new area, but to support local publishing and grassroots interest in writing. It's free!
Check out other submission conditions and general information here.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
I catch the bus at 10:23am
each Monday and Wednesday.
One point three miles away.
found shot dead
standing at bus stop,
twenty-six shots fired.
Twenty-six shots fired.
Twenty-six shots fired.
I'll catch the bus
Been spendin too much time
in the classical.
They're coooool and all man
they just don't jive,
Gimme something more my
I'm desperate for some
detention in suspension.
ascend. transcend. deny retry
fortify tsetse fly.