Friday, August 24, 2012


Each fragment holds a story, frozen in the moment it gave way
Damaged in defense
Assassinated in assault
Tip snapped
Forte fractured
Foible frozen in a baneful bend

This ferric archive, weighty
Evidence of effort,
A metal count more meaningful than
Competition bling

I can't throw them away
Feeling too much empathy
Gratitude for touches they amassed
Conscious that
We all of us are
broken by our art 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Domino Effect

Ripple down through time
Lapping at a future shore
Shifting pebbled memories

Nothing's ever done and gone
No problem truly solved
No trauma healed

Excision leaves a hollow to be filled
Stitches yield a scar,
Even faded bruises make us flinch
From shadowed harm

I fear
The best we can achieve is
Swapping cozy suffering for
Bright new pain, shiny with the gloss
At least, of novelty
Renewing hope of conquest

Knowing this, I've learned to moderate my expectations
Temporary strength is but prelude to descendant tribulations 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Birthday Thoughts

I don’t want to wish you
Too much joy
Because I hope the aggravation we
Inflict will earn you
Compound karmic interest, redeemable in
Your next incarnation
Swapped for future students
Who will be
Alert, attentive
(Let’s shoot for the moon) respectful
All the things that
We are not
Meanwhile (sorry coach)
I am afraid
You’ll have to make the best
Of who you’ve got