Poetry


2020-2023

A Beggar’s Eyelash: May 2023 – “a pebble in the universe / brushed off”
A Cricket’s Cry: August 2020 – the cry of a cricket / pierces the stillness of the night”
A Dream: October 2022 – “a dead girlfriend sought / my reticent face”
A Pebble Shines: February 2021 – “a pebble shines in the distance beyond immediate grasp”
A Song of Peace: March 2022 – “gondolas float down rippling rivers”
Always to Dream: March 2020 – “creating illusions, a front for dark secrets”
Breathe: August 2020 – “Slow! …down / breathe / mindfulness”
Building Blocks: November 2022 – “concrete? sand? / bricks? sticks?”
Climbing Mountains: February 2021 – “4 in the morning / submerged in darkness”
Contented Demons: April 2021 – “I thought these demons / would be bored by now”
Darkness Ahead, The: July 2021 – “fading light merges into the darkness ahead”
Dead Don’t Celebrate, The: January 2021 – “The dead don’t celebrate superficial victories”
Doobie Girl: July 2021 – “butterfly dilemma / caught in a net / of intoxicants”
Dream of the Cockroach: April 2022 – “a foot hovers above his dying desires”
Elusive Truth of Dreams: March 2021 – “deceptive deceivers at the door”
Elvis Presley Preacher Man *: October 2021 – “A changed man is coming to town”
Horse & Buggy Show: March 2020 – “I drew a picture of a horse & buggy”
How R U? She Asked: December 2020 – “I replied: ‘That’s a complex question.'”
Invisible Men: April 2020 – “no longer in the distance manipulating microscopes”
It’s A Nice Day To Die, She Said: December 2020 – “I, I dream of a future / and murder the past”
Letter to the Editor: November 2022 – “I’m pissed off. / Yours sincerely”
Melting Ice: March 2020 – “melting ice / dripping / lonely thoughts”
One of Those Days: May, 2020 – “The phone rings: I shriek, my heart skips a beat”
Poet’s Dilemma, The: February 2021 – “brilliant, insightful, penetrating words”
Rage *: August 2020 – “rage arising from ashes, overwhelming, intense”
Red Skelton Crying: February 2021 – “let the tears return / to the clowns”
Under the Crescent Moon: August 2022 – “we meet across rivers lit”
Walls *: April 2020 – “I am behind bars / I’m a prisoner / a hostage”


2000 to 2019

(a) time: August 2016 – “fading / dripping / …emotions slide”
A 3rd-Rate Philip Marlowe: September 2019 – “You playing me for a 3rd-rate Philip Marlowe?”
Blank Eyes: August 2018 – “Blank Eyes lights the remains of her dreams”
Crystal Meth Lovers Floating Downstream: September 2017 – “she’s floating in the cloud of her dreams”
Fleeting Recollections: June 2018 – “I dreamt you were here / not there”
In Memoriam: July 2019 – “fade into the ether / disappear / …dignified”
Is That You Macduff? *: December 2019 – “Is that you, Macduff? / haunting my dreams”
Note on the Door *: October 2019 – “There’s a note on the door / I wrote it during a dream”
Real Fucked Up: June 2018 – “the door is locked / the phone muted”
Shine: August 2016 – “searching…/ for that / elusive / special / transcendent shine
Spider’s Web: January 2011 – “a smeared spider smiled”
Time’s Vapours: July 2018 – “infinite, time’s vapours vanish into the mists of history”
Tomorrow: October 2018 – “tomorrow / I will pursue my dreams / tomorrow”
Vacuous: February 2019 – “existence / a shell / armies endless mindless emotionless”


1980 to 1999

Fly, The *: 1996 – “There’s a fly buzzing around the room”
Freedom for the Butterfly: 1988 – “The shadows on the wall captivate my attention like shit does flies”
I Attract Weirdos at the Festival of Friends: 1983 – “Walking through the park / staring at Mother Nature’s art”
I Can’t Stop Pissing Shouted A Bum In My Dream: 1987 – “I sat up in bed and contemplated his dire situation”
I Reject the Words: 1991 – “I reject the words of despair, ennui, apathy”
I Steal Poetry: 1986 – “I stole a woman’s poetry / and ran through the streets”
Imperfect Nihilist: 1992 – “if I could scream with meaning / a sound of fury”
In the Pit of My Gut *: 1987 – “crawling through space / waiting for God to appear”
Laugh, The: 1989 – “the slightest quip / you start shaking / with laughter”
Melted Chocolate Days: 1985 – “She sets the table / methodically, slowly”
She Doesn’t Bring Me Flowers: 1988 – “drunk and disgusting / I sing out of key”
This Isn’t Sarcasm: 1986 – “all you have to do is look at me / to realize that I’m something special”
Tick Tock: 1991 – “The day is dragging / like molasses / on the tip of / your tongue”

* a poetry reading included.



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