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Salt Crusted on Automotive Glass

Salt Crusted on Automotive Glass

Between me, safe in my seat on this bus, and the decadent majesty of the salmon-red cliffs of eastern Utah, a ghost landscape stands sentinel.
On a Folksy Painting of Kids Throwing Die, Harlem

On a Folksy Painting of Kids Throwing Die, Harlem

Tap tap tap foretold the stoop’s cartomancy ahead. Green worms ravage the expected shrine, bend moonward & escape.
Squirrel Resurrection

Squirrel Resurrection

Oakland squirrel on the street—RIP: its language was like Coleridge’s albatross that spoke through the neck of a Hanged Man.
Out of Habit

Out of Habit

Just before sea-coated sky, the Anhinga reaches bat wings against the Intercoastal canal, Palm Coast.
Last Friday Evening

Last Friday Evening

Something terrific has happened, my android manservant, HE, whispers, a synthetic peal HE thinks soothing. I stop chopping scallions.
Piano Concert

Piano Concert

Grand piano held a mouthful of maple tones. They cascaded with the release of pedal, keys and carnival percussion trapped bears and butterflies.
There’s No Place

There’s No Place

Four walls of high red brick: this is a house. Hides stretched taut over posts: this is a house. Earth and straw plied between timbers: this is a house.
In Quiet

In Quiet

I like it when quiet paints a portrait, moon-like countenance. In the background, day plays away at everything the world needs for movement.
Communion

Communion

Soon you will speak to an empty room, calmed by the weight of echoes, of space. Alone you become a snowflake of grief.
Painting, in an Old Kitchen, Thinking of the Sea

Painting, in an Old Kitchen, Thinking of the Sea

You stand beside the window as I catch a simple scene: Payne’s gray countertop, a bit of teal to wash the walls, hot pink oil to fry the shrimp.

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