October 1582

In the span of 365 mornings and evenings You could learn to crawl You could start and stop and start You could fall in or down or off You could prove how crazy you really are to the one that you  claim to love You could come to grips with the fact that you and…

Super Lifelike

Whatever I’m designed to feel, I’m feeling whatever is coming will inevitably hurt The trees aren’t swaying at all today So many things left to learn Whatever I’m supposed to see, I’m seeing whatever is gonna happen is in the works The breeze isn’t blowing at all today Yet everything around me burns Maybe I…

A necklace of Smarties in October

You can have it fast and cheap. A couple of domestic beers at a dive bar nearby for some karaoke. If fun is your objective, it’ll be just that. But it’ll end right there. You can have it fast and good. A conversation at a bookstore slash coffee shop after work. If friendship is your…

On the 153rd Juneteenth

He doesn’t know that I picked him because he is beautiful and manipulative like my mother. I picked him because he is brilliant and distant like my father. I picked him because like my parents he ignores me. It doesn’t matter that he’s just your garden variety white boy. For him and for them, I…

Gremlins and Grinches

Christmas 1978- I don’t remember gifts but I remember that this is when I learned to hate and fear the snow and the cold. I opened the door one day to go outside and there was a wall of snow pouring in on me. My mom thought that this was funny. I had frost bite…