Published & Contest Winning Poems

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originally published 2011

 

While yet married to a dish
the spoon ran off with the fork
to elope into a knife
cut-throat marriage-
going feeding porkishly
at Las Vegas buffets
and drinking glass
after glass martinis and wine-
gambling the night away.

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Across from Love Street

Two blocks from the Rhythm and Blues

Graffiti of poetry

Written for travelers like you

While the musicians penetrate their horns

By the barriers of raging fire

The cold crisp breeze

Blows melodies a little further

Across from Love Street

There lie many books

Authors of rich silky thoughts

Langston Hughes

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that phone
how it keeps
ringing and
ringing off
the damn
hook
at any given
time of
day night
or dawn
unannounced
if I’m
in my under-
wear
or bathing
suit and tie
or towel
that ringer
keeps

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originally published 2010

 

We are the traveling salesmen of verse

We have been quietly washed in by

Twilight’s tide and shall make

Our exit by the same mysterious

Means before the piercing dawn

We artfully dissect your town’s

Charm and personality and turn

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Nothing

captures Midwestern melancholy

quite like Lake Michigan.

In the winter it is

a gray lake locked in ice.

Morose and morbid

sitting and waiting like

an ashen flounder covered

and lying in wait

 to gobble

up some unsuspecting ship and her

naive crew.

Smoldering summer comes

with no spring or fall