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  105.     

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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  106.     

Sunblock

Truths cannot be denied without consequence
Wounds fester from within

Until the body, crippled and diseased
Breaks

A torrent of anguish released
Upon an unwitting world.


(Previously published in Boloji, Apr.2003)
 
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  107.     

Sunrise At Garibaldi

The timbers rise out of the bay
On a clouded, sunlit morning
Reflection’s pier in the water
An old weather-worn shack
Five white windows to see the day
The seagull dips and glides
Slow-motion

This photograph makes
A stop of time

I want to get off
Walk the platform
Drop my line in the water
And wait
Watch, the sun’s slow
Mount from valley to crest, hear
The wind telling tales:
Of wise old men
And the daunting sea.


(Previously published in Blue Fifth Review, Summer 2003)
 
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  108.     

The Angel And The Devil

Were married in his heart
They slept together and made
Impossible children
Good-natured bastards, villainous saints
And with a kiss and a smile
He'd slip a knife in your back
Tending to your wounds
With a smirk in his eye
And though you loved him like a brother
You had to let him go
The thin rope slipping from your fingers
The quicksand of his nature
Swallowing the last hope
Of something more.


(Previously published in Art Villa, Aug.1999)
 
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