5.19.2019

Nearing the End


Something
comforting about
a petty argument
at the end of the world
it’s familiar after all
and we possess the tools
to navigate this
So let’s kiss now and make
impending-apocalypse love
defying
the super-presenting loss
of individual autonomy
that faced together becomes
our superpower


A non-ironic poem for Magaly’s weekend challenge: POETIC IRONY

5.14.2019

Missing Person Verse


Ghosts linger in plates
brought curbside, trimline phone,
faint blue dot just above the knee,

Memory gnaws like a hungry
belly, ache of phantom wisdom teeth,
lyctinae eggs in open pores,

Here and gone again,
from forest to pencil to powder--


For Rommy’s Tuesday Platform: GOING BUGGY

5.11.2019

When Your Head Strikes a Pool Table


The baize will be soft
against your cheek
while the rail jabs
like to break your neck

You’ll wonder
are those stars in your eyes
or sights
as #2 blue fades to black

You’ll consider the texture
and velocity of wood
shaped as sticks
and spheres and tables

Two things will come clear
you’ll forever tug at your jeans
and blue
is no longer blue


For Just One Word in the Imaginary Garden: APART

5.01.2019

Hyacinth Heart, Illustrated


My amazing daughter Anne illustrated one of my April poems!
The poem is about the anime The Promised Neverland.

I’m sharing the cover photo but please click
to see the entire poem illustrated on Instagram:


I'm completely blown away. Beautiful! 

Illustration copyright @KangLinNuriko