Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Did You Get My Mix Tape?

What's up?!
Didn't mean to sneak up on you
I ...saw you leaving and
I have to follow you
Got to have some of your attention
Gonna make you notice

How I wish you could see the potential
of you and me
There's nobody else
You reject my desperate pleas
but you won't forget me
I won't let you

I wonder what clothes you wear
How you decorate your room
I will drive past your house
Stand over by the wall
Where I can see it all

I'll follow your bus downtown
See who's around
Find out who you call
I was born with a jealous mind
You gotta spend some time
With me

I'll be watching you
I'll follow you down
The sound of my voice will haunt you
I'm special
I will possess your heart.

Note: This is a "found" poem, made up of lines from songs. I've used lines from the following:

The Police-Every Breath You Take
The Pretenders-Brass In Pocket
Blondie-One Way or Another
Ludo-Go-Getter Greg
The Beatles-Run For Your Life
The Bee Gees-Nights on Broadway
Death Cab for Cutie-I Will Possess Your Heart
Weezer-Across the Sea
Fleetwood Mac-Silver Springs

submitted for Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, All Mixed Up

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Charmer

His superficial charm
is meant to conceal harm from view
Don't let him seduce you
His words are forced, untrue-spoken
to make you feel broken
You are prey, a token to keep
til there's no more to reap
You are only a cheap toy, used
then tossed aside, abused
feeling beaten up, bruised, and bare
Don't think that he will care
On to his next affair he goes
A jackal in men's clothes
He won't stop for he knows his skill.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Will the Sun Rise?

image by Flor Larios
Will the sun rise when you are gone?
I can imagine only night
The stars, the moon may still be bright
but will the morning ever come?

Who will I be when you're away?
Will the sun rise when you are gone?
I have lived within your orbit
eighteen years now, a lifetime long

Will the tulips bloom come the spring?
Will lizards skitter on pebbles?
Will the sun rise when you are gone?
Will cherry blossoms pink again?

When you see the moon, think of me
Watching over you quietly
Waiting for you to come back home
Will the sun rise when you are gone?

submitted for Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, Sunday Form Challenge, Quatern


They say that Marisol was born with
la suerte
Ever since she was a penqueña
luck followed her
like a hermanito

They say that when Marisol dreamt of numbers
her tío played them and won
She carried a rabbit’s foot on her key ring
wore 3 azabaches around her neck
and had a statue of the Virgen María in her yard
because, even with la suerte,
you can never be too careful
No sense in leaving a puerta abierta
for the mala suerte 

The day that Marisol met Marco
he was cursing at a flat tire in the rain
Marco didn’t believe in luck
or dreams
or God
He believed in logic,

When Marco left his hat on the bed
he laughed at Marisol’s scolding
and he never hung the medal of San Cristóbal
from his car mirror either

But they say that when Marco first kissed Marisol
he was heard to whisper, “Dios mío”
After that, he believed.

Sunday, February 9, 2014


To prove you’re not a robot, type the following
sequence of letters and numbers
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That was incorrect
Do you wish to try again?
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That is not allowed
We will require a more secure method
To authenticate your humanness
Please hold your wrist over the scanner
Thank you
Hello Jane!
We notice that you have ingested
Twice the recommended amount of sodium within the past 24 hours
Do you wish to drink some water?
Perhaps a salad
made with bacteria-free, radiated, chlorinated escarole?
(with reduced fat dressing, of course)
Please choose one of the following options:
Yes, please! / Later, please!
We notice that your blood pressure is a little high, Jane
Have you been taking your government approved, doctor prescribed pills?
Failure to comply with government approved, doctor prescribed health regimens
May result in tax penalties or
other appropriate sanctions
Remember, Jane,
Good citizens do not neglect their health
Compliance is contagious-Spread the Word!
Based on your recent internet activity
and the monitoring of your monthly purchases,
Here is something in which you may be interested:
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with a small, easy-to-swallow personal recognition device
in one yummy tasting capsule!
No more struggling to remember your personal identification number
It’s a healthy part of you!
You’ll never feel lost with Authenivits 
because we can always find you!
(Now available in tasty gummies!)
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Please choose one of the following options:
Yes, I wish to exit now / No, I wish to remain
I’m sorry
You have not yet completed the mandated face hours
with your computer for today
Please remain online
and one of our friendly operators will be with your shortly
to assist you…

submitted for Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, Sharkey's Day (Laurie Anderson inspired poems)

Digital tats and authentification pills are not just the stuff of my warped imagination. Frighteningly, Motorola is working on these very devices. Check out this interview here. Scary.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Softly, mostly

Softly, mostly,
a moth's wings
beating against closed palms,
comes the flutter

Too new to name
Inchoate emotion
We must wait,
see what blooms
Coax with quiet,

weakness is winnowed
Dies before it is born,
breath stolen by a ghost
or a doubt

But sometimes,
a bud
catches the light of a thousand sunrises,
 blossoms with joy

a gentle awakening,
the footfall of fairies
dancing on ivory keys.