Not a Gavel

Judge Kavanaugh  I do not believe you. The number of badges that you pointed to on your chestHad so little to do with innocenceAnd the song and dance that you did—Bringing your parents to sit behind you, announcing it, to hand a talking point to Ted Cruzleaves me unimpressed. The same goes for your daughter. …

Chilled Tomato Soup

Based on the recipe from the wonderful cookbook: “Simply in Season” Summer will boil and blister us But the bounty and the bliss Will bolster us. One beefsteak-size tomato (peeled) The size of a hand holding seeds Ready to let them drop past pinky Into the spring soil Now pushing up fragrant Weighing heavy and …

Things I have never thought to worry about, but could if I find myself with some free time on my hands.

Earth passing through a field of alien ghosts. A government plot to end all records and communication around time and temperature. The possibility of long-lasting consciousness after death that stays in the body; for everyone. There is in truth one pizza which will eventually be the last consumed by an Earthling. There is also a …

Bos Taurus

The cow Ruminant In non-idyllic field Grinds her back teeth on corn All day long And doesn’t give one cow pie About how sublime the yogurt I made of her stolen wares Topped with jammed berries tastes to me As I grind my teeth unnecessarily Through her cultured cream Strained of its whey Not giving …

Minor Monuments

Peek under the bark that jangles loose Like bracelets at the end of the day. There. Look there, Where termite trails Are etched hieroglyphs Carving the story Of the providence time provides And the artistry of existence— That inner compulsion: Move ahead Move ahead Move ahead This is your sacred duty. The world will know.

Incident Report

I’d sat out in my car for half an hour, fucking around on my phone, before finally summoning the nerve to get out, lock the door, and approach the house. My wife was shuffling between preparing a meatloaf and yelling the answers to the Jeopardy questions in the next room. God, is she ever smart. …

Emancipation

Prisons of all stripe Are our perennial punitive standard Because, at the core of living Is growing Growing is a hunger and a reaching Yearn and inquiry. So of course, as a living species We move. We must see a new edge Where water and land trade tango And peppers and herbs season And temperatures …

Interstellar Implications

Gaze into the nebula Feet planted on dirt, outside. Perhaps urinating in grass that’s nearly knee high, With the weight of all the summer stars bearing down on you And the silhouettes of the old oaks, hawthornes, scotch pines, and sugar maples. Lightning bugs illuminate, In a collective and proven song. The same song. That …