January 23, 2014 #smallstones

neighborhood public library patrons –

half wandering homeless:
seeking refuge from environmental elements,
seeking refuge from boredom/ignorance,

reading books –

half wandering retirees like me:
seeking refuge from boredom/ignorance,

reading books –

both have rights to public space

January 22, 2014 #smallstones

smooth white snowflakes coat
the algae build up inside
the glass fishbowl –
the crystal ball:

the head of the Beast is
drunk with malaria
from mechanical mosquitos –

standing water still stinks,
festers, breeds ten plagues –
green and brown scum stains
bleed through winter’s whiteness –

pure as driven snow,
sinking deep, deeper –
rotted to the core.

January 21, 2014 #smallstones

quick shave
with a dull electric razor –
preserve that just-got-back-
to-the-boat-at-the-crack-of-dawn-
from-a-late-night-in-a-liberty-port
look –
white whisker stubble…

look, no snow yet.
Everything closing down
this side of the river.
Polar vortex spinning in –
again…

January 20, 2014 #smallstones

Prose form:

There are all sorts of things that poetry experts will try to tell you, about stanzas and line length, about word choice and prosody. But most of the experts don’t even write poetry and have never felt the rush and surge of the creative process.  They have never truly “been in love.”  Real poets have told me, “just keep on writing.”  “You will find your voice and your path.”  That’s what I pass on. Try to write something everyday and keep it all together, in a journal, on a blog, or just in a word document.  Then, look back on it as it grows and you will see something truly beautiful, almost a mystical experience!

Stanza form:

There are all sorts of things
that poetry experts will try to tell you,
about stanzas and line length,
about word choice and prosody.

But most of the experts
don’t even write poetry
and have never felt the rush
and surge of the creative process.
They have never truly “been in love.”

Real poets have told me,
“just keep on writing.”
”You will find your voice
and your path.”
That’s what I pass on.

Try to write something everyday
and keep it all together,
in a journal, on a blog,
or just in a word document.

Then, look back on it as it grows
and you will see something truly beautiful,
almost a mystical experience!

January 19, 2014 #smallstones

Neighborhood watch

957 has two front doors
949 has four floors
925 has stores and stores
903 has a man who snores
825 is a house of whores
(college students, sophomores)
813 has two front doors
801 has three floors

January 18, 2014

January 18, 2014

a roof-top shot –
full moon over the city
the monument peeping at us
watching us with those beady eyes

won’t make it to New Ark today –
wasn’t in the stars –
bus and train schedules wouldn’t fit,
didn’t want to drive:
don’t like to drive long distances
these days, roads are not safe
for a man like me

but we have his books here,
poems, plays, short stories, essays –
plenty to read and ponder –
and we have all these obituaries –
a thousand plateaus to climb to
to see a full moon rising
on an urban night

January 17, 2014 #smallstones

be-bop
hip-hop
don’t stop
let it pop

words and notes
lines and quotes
antidotes
ships and boats
dreams and hopes

deeds that inspire
thoughts that catch fire
minds that inquire
hearts that desire

be-bop
hip-hop
don’t stop
reach the top