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  101.     

Candle

Half-burnt
On a mantel
Wax dripping from some fond estuary
Of an evening past

Un-lit now
The memories stalled upon the stem

Waiting for a new match
To strike
And light the dark room with
The fire of romance.


(Previously published in Cotyledon, Catamount Press, #15, April 2000)
 
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  102.     

Card Game

Do me a favor and have the guts
To show your face
Lay your heart upon the table
Not hidden up your sleeve
Waiting for the chance to
Cheat
The hands you’ve not been dealt.

The fan that blocks the beating of your lashes
The made-up beauty of your seemly look
Is but a temporary obstruction
The dissembling of a mean intention
Is not so easy to mistake.

In the backrooms of your mind
An upstairs bed awaiting
The dash of the stranger
Boots to the floor
May succumb to the whim of indifference.

But the holster laid upon the nightstand
Carries the bullets of love’s lost cause.


(Previously published in The Underbeat Journal, July 2003)
 
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  103.     

Cartoons Of Ourselves

In the early 1960’s
Rocky bulled my
Winkle
And I still
Haven’t recovered
Boris and Natasha’d
To some Cold War
Hell of someone
Else’s making
Bombs going off
In black and white
Boxes of my head
Flags popping out of guns
That go “Bang! ”
Rocket ships to the
Moon
And back
Wanting to land on
An Earth unspoiled
By the absurdities of
Wacky one-dimensional
Characters who ought
To make us laugh
Instead of cry.


(Previously published in Hinge, Vol.4, Issue 1, May 2003)
 
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  104.     

Castle Loch

In great hall
Kilt and bonnet
Crest upon the wall

By cold stone, a fire burns
Ale poured in goblets
A grim Scots tale of woe.


(Previously published in The Poetry of Scotland, Aug 2007)
 
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