03/9/17

P & S

 
 
 
occasional empty cabs
splash their way through the streets
the weary red, yellow, green
patrolmen are drooping from their posts

the bars have closed
no sign of the sun

at a diner, I sit down,
ask for a menu,
give it back without opening it,

just coffee, please

sure thing, sweetie

it’s warm,
I notice I can hear the viscosity
of the liquid as she pours it from the pot,
a universal skill I’d recently been informed of
us humans can hear temperature
we can hear all kinds of things, the Stirring
of dreams, the silence of god, the cabs outside

sugar?

no thank you. did you know we can hear temperature?

I’ve never heard that before; rain’s cold, huh?

yeah; better in here

she puts her hands into her apron pockets and pulls
out a pack of cigarettes
I nod,

go for it

be right back in

she puts on a green windbreaker with field hockey patches
on the arms, heads for the door
I watch her walk out
I’m alone
I spin the bottles of salt and pepper around
a few times, fidgeting
they have nine holes on top each
P & S
P.S. I can’t sleep thinking about you
P.S. have you heard about the rain here?
P.S. do you think it’s all going to be okay?
P.S. the coffee is shit, but there’s no sign of the sun
P.S. write back, I’m at: 72 sw rd. apt A3 — not home
P.S. the ocean’s too far, I’ve been putting the bottled letters in the storm drain instead, are you getting them?

a rush of cold air through the door

you okay, sweetie, how’s the coffee?

yeah, I’m good; it’s good, thank you
 
 
 

02/25/17

inside your roots

 
 
For my friend Elizabeth.
 
 
 
I remember sitting on the floor
in Orlando with you
playing cards
your sister nearby
our dreamer friends in a circle

you had sung that day
I’ve tried, I can’t remember the song,
but I do remember thinking
how much you sounded like hope
“like hope” is bad language in a poem
don’t use abstract concepts when you
should use an image
you sounded like the future
there I go again with bad language
for the third time you sounded like
a tree squeezing out green leaves
from somewhere deep inside your roots
like it was easy to sing
like you were made for it

and I know
dreams change

it’s been a few years since,
I think, you believed in a future
as a singer
but you still seem green
pushing out what’s inside
like Jesus and hope,
and in the end,
what’s that but music?