Two Poems

Two Poems

    In a Silent Way The wounded deer died in the impossible garden. Did it become the orchid that shouldn’t be there, the cactus dying in a rain puddle? The trestle bridge carries more weight than my body, but the heft of a memory changes everything. I look...
Two Poems

Two Poems

    Shark Valley         New Year’s Day, 2018   Horizontal pock-marked rocks lie in the shallow swamp like tombstones to fallen alligators—as if to say Cassius lived here, Orion slept there, and Sirius ate turtles...
Four Poems

Four Poems

    Hotel Poem                                I sat up sleepless one northern winter in an old padded...
Canceled

Canceled

    Some canceled and some didn’t. They canceled because canceling was proposed. They said yes, I will, and canceled. Others said no but had to cancel anyway. The ceiling dropped, the walls widened. Home, it was, then. They canceled out of abundant caution....
Fool at High Noon

Fool at High Noon

    Fool finally realizes why the marshall deputized him and then blew town. First thing he’ll have to do is buy a gun—fast—then learn how to use it, then try to round up some help. Trouble is there’s only an half an hour before Miller and his three goons...