Tuesday, December 1, 2015

In Bed

Why stay in bed
When the world needs your light
More than ever before

Friday, November 20, 2015

On Ron Hynes

How many times
Did I hear Ron Hynes
Pretending that I didn't care
In the Rose or the Ship
Trying to be hip
Secretly thrilled I was there
You can have your fun
Down at Mile One
Me I'll just stay right here

Cause we lean on the bars
Listening to stars
Singing the St. John's Waltz

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Freedom is a tough row to hoe

You're not forced to wear burqa or bikini
(But the latter can be more dangerous)

You are as free to love
As you are to hate

The good are defended
As much as the bad

I think this is why
So many choose servitude

Hate Magnet

It is wrong to see hate
As a repulsive force
Its power lies in attraction
Like a black hole
That neither light nor love can escape

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Remembering the War

I have forgotten
The war
As I knew it
Banzai charges
Grenade three pointers
The unknown soldier and Sgt Rock

I only remember
My grandfather
On a Labrador lake
Boating with his daughter
Dropping his medals
Into the cold dark about them

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Silent Lovers

Two silent lovers
She inside, he out
Dark eyes locked
Waving their fingers
At the ticket gates
Again by the iron railing
And again at the stairwell

Sweetest, saddest, beautifullest thing
I have seen in quite some time

Monday, October 5, 2015

Tennoji Zoo

It was in the Tennoji Zoo
Watching the lions
Your weight on my shoulders
Pushing my third & fourth vertebrae together
Conforming me to average height
Screaming boys in baseball caps
With plastic swords
Chubby girls in Barbie shirt
Walking after mothers
I knew we'd have to leave
This country that put itself
Back on the road to war

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Cat and Carp

Beautiful black and white stalker
Ears perked, haunches coiled
Eyes alight with birds
You give up instantly
Tongue your muddy paws
Nap standing in the sun
Between stone bench, temple and stream
Thank you for being in my world

Cold gold and grey wanderer
Gills whispering, body undulant
Obsidian eyes inscrutable
You undulate slowly
Through muddy waters
Disappear in the shadow
In dark stream below stone bridge and bench
Thank you for being in my world

Kyoto Cricket Song

Is that a cricket chirping
In our hot apartment
This sweaty Kyoto night
Or a loose screw
In our old fan
That barely turns
The turgid air

I know you cricket
I saw you yesterday
Brown cockroach color
Peeping out from under my slippers
In the hall
My roach murder rage dissipated
When I saw your fiddlebow legs
And sad pinhead eyes

I let you live
Now you serenade us this night
Your repeated high C
Cooler than any old fan
That barely turns
The turgid air
This sweaty Kyoto night

Our Memories

What you'll remember
Blue up
Shovel house
Sun on skin
Animal smells
Sweet mouth

What I remember
Sunny Saturday morning
I took you for a walk
Under an azure fall sky
The quaint old house
I wanted to buy
Being ripped down
By a power shovel
The foreman tousled your hair
As you watched enraptured from your pram
We bought bread from the French place
Then watched the goats and rabbits
Playing out back
We sat and shared apple strudel
You grinned and asked for more apple
More apple please more
As the sun shed the morning's chill
And for the first time ever
You asked your dida for a hug
Instead of running from
My stubble and wet dog smell

Our memories are one

Friday, October 2, 2015

Long Commuter Haiku

Drink in the blue sky
Tree lined walk to the station
Come home in the dark

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Train Spider

Little spider
Spinning webs across the lights
Above our crowded heads
On the ride home
You end up so far from where you started
But flies taste the same anywhere
Don't they

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Beautiful Children

My heart
Wants to believe
Those beautiful children
Pale or tan or black
Lying on Greek beaches
In pink pants
In bloated diapers
Rocked on the waves
Cradled on the sand
Will wake like mine

My heart
Wants to believe

Monday, June 29, 2015

Japan Train Life haiku

Watching river ducks
From my train trapped on a bridge
Human accident

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Farewell Peach Mountain

Farewell Blue Field
Your promise of grain
To nourish us through wintertime
Betrayed by your stony ground
Unfit for growing anything
But weeds and thorns
Treacherous footing
Best avoided

Farewell Fishing Well
You spouted wisdom
To weary travelers
Not to ease their burdens
But to swallow coins
Which poisoned your waters
Turned treacherous
None drinks of you now
But dogs

Farewell Peach Mountain
I rest a moment here
Before I depart
Your old orchard
Littred with rotting crosses
Overripe fruit fallen
Rotten to the ground
Elysium awaits me

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Modern Sacrifices

In ancient times
of savage nature
we sacrificed children
in the fiery mouth of idols

we sacrifice our adult lives
in the humming halls
of idiot machines
where only children
show life's spark

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Morning Pick Me Up

To a job
That makes my eyeballs bleed
Thanks for the pickup
Foreign girl at the station
Fellating a juicebox straw
In purple stripper boots
Amid the morning stampede

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring Commuting Haiku

Silence between trains
Nested in the station roof
Baby birds crying

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Loveless Haiku

I feel what is gone
Being with you without love
Phantom limb syndrome

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Twenty Years

Twenty years is long enough
That all the salted tears and inky sorrow
That pooled in the scarified void of our parting
Have drained away and been replaced
By clear sparkling wonder
That we were ever together