Category: Poems

The Fog

We sat, we staredthe skyline smiled back at usbut the long bright day drew its curtainsas a mist crept into the air andleft the shapes, the sizes of things fuzzy to us Much like the other day, when I wonderedwhether I’d already gone to the bankor maybe it was the post office

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Grace

My father taught me early that he wouldn’t always be therewith a hug and some tears as he left a failedmarriage and us kids for California I cried too because I thought I was supposed to;it would a shame to leave him alone in that. It took a few years for me to realize I […]

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Life

On my second night outI could taste it in my spitlike I’d put pennies in my mouth, but not quitebitter, not so distasteful Over the next couple of daysit was in my legshiding inside the meatbut calling out so I wouldn’t forget it I breathed it in andsweated it out andwashed it off my clammy […]

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Trinity

1. Spirit I was reminded of it when I hearda story about the first ever screening of a motion picture.People ran out of the room, afraidthat the oncoming train would hit them. 2. Son It wasn’t too differentfrom when I sat in the big gray Chevy vanoutside of a warehouse and waited as they loaded […]

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Creep

I saw a man walk past todaya man in a long black coatlooking dignified,the way he did when I saw him about a year ago. I stood outside a building, smoking as I waitedfor the time to come to step inside for class He slowed as he approached me,it looked as though he might need […]

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Broken Letters

I usually feel like a thiefwhen I walk through the Asian market. The Asians, usually Korean, look at me like a tourist. My guide is Japanese, but they might not know that, so it makes some kind of sense to feelthe way I did as a child, when it seemed thatall the clerks watched closely, […]

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The Net

Someone left a typewriterOne time last year, at the place where I workit ended up in the office, so I wrote a noteexplaining that I would take it if no one claimed itI put it in a closet at home, after playing with it once,then didn’t think of it again until Christmastime A couple of […]

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Cityglow

On an interstate between two Midwest citiesat three in the morningI’m driving alone. It’s cold, but there’s moisture in the air,so I can see the glow of the sparse citiesagainst the hazy ceiling, not far abovethe unyielding expanse of farmland. One of the halos is up ahead, the city where I willmeet my companion for […]

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Unbreakable

I slid the glass door of the pastry caseclosed the same way I always dobut I don’t usually leave one finger sticking inside and when I slammed it shutthe sharp sting surprised meI tried to punch the countertop to vent the frustrationbut it was hardly satisfying since Icouldn’t punch with the already-injured half ofmy hand […]

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A Scarf

We had hard heads once, toowhen big flakes fell from an open white skylayers of fluff building on mailboxes and fire hydrants Nowadays we walk quickly from driveway to housefrom parking lot to grocery store or the front door at workexpensive stocking caps, gloves and a scarfspare no expenseto keep warmin those brief moments we […]

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