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There are the mysteries of life, those of faith

(Leastwise according to Pastor, though I suspect

That is the get out of jail free card one acquires

By standing upright in the pulpit) Read More »

We need to construct boxes, this world being complex

And messy to boot, so we approximate sanity

By filling compartments and writing thumbnail biographies, Read More »

We have the full complement of the requisite barriers:
Barbed wire, barren landscape, unpleasant canines,
Stark towers with vaguely menacing turrets and gunsights Read More »

We’d forgotten the smell, quite frankly,
The slightly citrus tang in the nostrils,
Accompanied by the roaring of the cannon-shaped mixer,
Though there was a time the whole town had a certain odor to it, Read More »

As far as these children are concerned,
It is the sky itself that is ringing;
They probably do not know Read More »

There are, dear daughter, oceans between us
(At your insistence, though I say this without rancor)
A buffer from the memories of our sad antics, Read More »

He’d been away for any number of years,
Days cascading over the spillway of time
Into pools of weeks, oxbows of months, Read More »

In fact, they will, at certain times in certain locales, toil or spin,
For sometimes the exigencies of the gray and workaday world
Are immune to the notion that there exist rare entities Read More »

Some fool

Sayin’ God speaks

Right directly to him

Is hearin’ less-than-angelic



You’ve got to be kidding, she said,

Having moved past nonplussed to outright incredulous.

She was, at least in retrospect, not alone,

As we were there, just the two of us, Read More »


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