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  69.     

Hang It, Dang It

Art is intentionally
Open to ambiguity

Like truth itself
Impossible to nail

On a per-particular wall
Without someone or something

Knocking it crooked
More than a little

Way off the mark.


(Previously published in The Short North Gazette, Jan 2002)
 
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  70.     

Illuminata

The lanterns are lit
Thousands circle, drums beating
Fire dancing on the river waves of darkness
We gather in colors of rainbow night
Our tears still welled within the eyes
Passing along, one hand to another
Our procession bridges
Bank upon bank of feeling

This hope for peace

We claim
Ourselves committed
The black and white yellow red of our
Collected conscience we
Make this place our
Blazoning torch
Freedom in the flame
Constantly burning.


(Previously published in Honor and Remembrance, Indelible Mark Publishing,2007. Note: Illuminata was the name given to a community event that took place in Portland, OR, shortly after 9/11.)
 
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  71.     

Manly Man

Hey there,
Little man.

Name’s Jack.
Big Jack they call me.

See that.
That’s hair.

I’ve got hair on my chest.
You know what I can do?

I can flip a coin off my bicep
And catch it in my hair.

Women like that.


(Previously published in Office Number One, Issue 25, Dec.1999; Cotworld, July 2001)
 
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  72.     

Minimum Wage

If life can’t be loved
Lived long with passion
The deep caress of soulful
Night and day
What use then
The slow trudge of one foot
Already in the grave
Marking time
Counting pennies
Copper green pillows of envy
To put the pounding brain
To sleep
These nightmare sheep
Coagulate
The tossed head turned
With a spade
Death no more terrifying
Than life birthed unto its own
Mausoleum.


(Previously published in The Hold, March 2004)
 
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