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  89.     

Split Second

The push of that hard hand propels me down
My knees scrape the ground
The knots tight upon my wrists
I wait
Feel him there behind me
The cold aim of the weapon
Impossible to understand
A split second before the blast
Man’s inhumanity to man
God if you be
Grant me the courage
To die with—

Dignity.


(Previously published in Poets4Peace, Nov 2000)
 
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  90.     

Squirrelly Fellow

My teeth are chipped like a monk
Inside my face

I eat nuts and leaves and grass and trees
And bury the choicest morsels for safekeeping

I scamper in and out of dark, wet holes
Up and down dead trunks and fallen limbs

Looking for the shelter of a warm, embracing burrow
And I can’t understand

(Perhaps you might explain why)
Chicks find me so unattractive.


(Previously published in The Short North Gazette, Sept 2000)
 
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  91.     

Stage Kiss

The spot created a golden moon
On black-dropped canvas
Glittering tinfoil stars dispersed the light
The dashing hero in doublet and tights
His belly reigned in a corset
Knelt slowly on the satin-looking plastic bedsheets
Leaned his tobacco lips
Down
To the waiting embrace
Of his cleverly-stuffed virgin-matron bride
Their mouths clamping together
For the obligatory five-count
Moving rhythmically for full dramatic effect.

The audience watched in rapture
Tears cascading down their cheeks.
As the curtain fell, the leading lady
Smiled endearingly at her handsome co-star
And whispered to her handmaiden through the clenched
Corner of her teeth,
“Remind me never to work with this
Pompous blowhard ever again.”


(Previously published in Kookamonga Square, July 2000)
 
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  92.     

Step Inside A Poem

Step inside a poem
With
Me

And see the world through someone else’s eyes
Trip along the syllables
And taste the sweetness of the rhyme
The dripping of the consonants
Creates a music all its own
Thundering vowels and whirling images
Transcend our sleeping thoughts
The drums of the heart beat anew
And carry us far
Far
Far

To another place
And another time
And another way
Of being.


(Previously published in Webstatic, May 2000)
 
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