Shine A Beam

Three Poems

Words

Reflections on Baking

Who knew the pecans float to the top ofthe pie? Who knew —When a knife comesclean it is done? While...

Red Tail

His yellow talons clutch a gnarled branchnot ten yards away. His regal head turns to take me in. When he turns back to look...

the river that cries

had it been different had it been otherwise i might not have conceived such an elaborate disguise as we walked, that night along the river that cries for...

Solstice Eve

Mystic morning, snow-laced, leafless branchesof treed sentinels, faint outlines. Merge into the fog, awaiting the Sun’s return,awake,...

Bare Arms

How’s everything at school? Good...why? Another mother passed along a whisper: there’s this boy, he might have a gun. Should I tell you, or leave...

Instrument of Vibration

In reverie I drum with open handsall over my naked chest legs stomach,beating into this life a rhythm,percussing the guts beneath my...

Thanksgiving

When we arrived in this unknown placewe knit together in a waythat made me want to shoutthis, this is my family.How could...

Untitled

Have you ever seen a bird hover just over the shallow of a lakeBalancing on the wind that whips my baby hairs...

livea humble

i am sho my armz will fall wit fat & my chin will double wit a smile & my hair will turn gold befoe it...

Disassembled

4 wallsSurrounded and safe like a fly in a cupConfused and lost beyond wordsA hideous reminder of what we could be.Had we...

open book (start on page one, or anywhere?)

some days — if by days you mean libraries (i’m my own library) —i file myself under fiction;some days, anthologies  during regular...

A Last Cut

They were the last tomatoes of the season, harvested from the garden like the precious gems they were. The tomatoes were heirlooms....
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