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  121.     

Faust on a Cell Phone

The corporate BigBoy
Bribed me with a
Sport Utility Vehicle

Sure, I can drive around on Sundays
And impress the chicks
At the Laundromat

But for sixty, seventy hours a week
I have no will of my own
I’m just a spineless snake-oiled salesman

With a vicious appetite for
Dupes
The kind of guy even I don’t want to associate with.

But if I quit
There’s alimony and child support and—
Oh, hell

Excuse me, but I’ve got to make some more cold calls.


(Previously published in Main Street Rag Poetry Journal, Vol 5, No 1 Spring 2000)
 
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  122.     

Fear

Fear

is a vulture
that hangs on the heart
of the bravest soul

Waiting to sink

long greedy talons
into blood red flesh
and render it

Lifeless.


(Previously published in Transcendant Visions, Fall '99)
 
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  123.     

Fingers (senryu)

Quiet like a dream
fingers sliding down my back
a soft breath exhales


(Previously published in Poems Md, Apr 2008)
 
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  124.     

Fireside Flicker

The warmth of the fire
Makes me think of home
A place I once belonged
A time when dreams were
Still hanging on the mantle
Every Christmas Eve.

We were happy then weren’t we?
Before we understood
What was happening to us
All.
How could we see
In the soft pillow and blind of youth
The future would turn against us?

Warm fires were made
For moms and dads
Brothers and sisters
Hot chocolate and marshmallows
Quilts that wrap around lovers
The orange glow reflecting and reminding
An artificial light
The crack of broken wood
Leaving a stir of ash to wait
In silence
Till morning.


(Previously published in Joey And The Black Boots, #38, June 2002)
 
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