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  237.     

Interlopers

Early in the morning, before rehearsals
A cup of coffee in the student union
Relaxing on sofas
Talking about anything and everything
Whatever came to mind, no need to
Censor random thoughts, subject
Out of taste or bounds
We were, in some odd way
Two different people, totally
In sync, engaged in the process

Of being

Human, without judgment or
Preconceived notion of right or
Wrong, somehow brought together
In this faraway place, defining ourselves
As we went, without limits
Open to the possibility
Of change in an instant
Believing that whatever happened
(Or happens) must be
Happening

For a reason.


(Previously published in Comrades, Vol.1, Issue 2, Sept.2000)
 
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  238.     

Kerouac

Sounded the drum of his
Spent generation
Bobbity bomp bomp jazz me man

On the road without a home
War-orphaned
Drifting through the passing

Years
Nameless streets, forgotten bars
Lampposts dripping on dark corners

Hands to roll a cigarette
Words and women dropping in and out
Bottles to pour salvation

Soothing fire
In the cold flat of night
Eyes open and close

The music sassy, blue
Pounding
Surprising rhythms

Making it up
Beat by beat
As you go.


(Previously published in Pogonip, Apr.2000; Jack Magazine, Issue 1, Summer 2000)
 
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  239.     

Kitten

I see two eyes
peering out at me from the corner of the couch
and a little pink nose
nestled in the middle
of bewhiskered, white marshmallow cheeks.
Uh oh.
What’s this?
Two ears approach
(twice too large for that adorable face)
and gold and black eyes are wide
in mischievous anticipation.
Oh mortals, take heed,
such a slow methodical stalk
hath this monstrous, tigrous beastie.
See how he takes his position
on a twitching haunch
poised for the merciless kill.
Aha!
He springs
completely surprising my defenseless hand.
Little pink paw pads
are choking my index finger
but my defiant digit wrestles to the death!
Oh fearsome proposition
what horrible teeth you have grandma
those mighty molars strike terror to my heart
pray don’t gum me to dea-Aaaaaaagggghhhhh! ! !
(Damn cat.)


(Previously published in The Short North Gazette, Nov.1998)
 
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  240.     

Last Card

With every closing of a door
There is another door that opens
In new space of mind

Only courage required

To take the step
The crossing of the threshold
On the verge of a salient dream.
 
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