Monday, May 04, 2015

Faith In God

God
Is the love
That exists
In the space
In between
You and
Me and
Her and
Them and
Today in
His smile
When he handed his nine year old sister her
Toob animals and
Catapult and
Braced for the hugs and kisses
He was sure would come and
Did



entitlement

if only
escaping the heat was as easy as
escaping poverty

seasonal garbage

a field filled with
dandelions is like a
television filled up with
reality television

frozen nostalgia

at this time of year
ice skating is all about
frozen nostalgia

more is in the air

the air is thick and
nothing like the chocolate
banana cupcakes
I
Made
Last
Night
Which
Had
Too
Much
Banana
And
Crept
Around
The
Cookie
Sheet
A
Little
More
Than
It
Should
Have
Before
It
Settled
Down
And
Baked
Up
Perfectly
Delicious


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hansel, Gretel, and Me

As I go
I leave behind me
Words
Like bread crumbs
Hoping
If I find myself in an oven and
Have to retreat
I'll have a lot of trouble
Finding my way back

Look Away

A smile
Can be hard to take in and
Easy to take
Which is why
When my son smiles at me
I sometimes have to look away 
It's why
On any sunny day
My mind 
Is always on sunscreen

Continuous Confusion

Commercials cost money
Like most everything in commercials
Like most furniture
Which you need a lot of
When you buy a house
With twice as many rooms as your last home
I wonder
How my half empty house
Feels about it

Monday, April 27, 2015

Summer Stretching

In the summer
Life really takes place
In between
Lawn owing
Episodes
Inch long grass
Signalling
The promise and threat of a new start and
The attractiveness and persistence of
Procrastination

I bought a rotary phone

I bought a rotary phone
From an antique store
Because AT&T makes it cheaper to have a land line
Than to not have one and
Why not
Go to an antique store to purchase
Something
That was a fixture of the house
I grew up in
Only ours were brighter colored and
Wall mounted and
Relied upon
For
Phone calls
Which is why
I bought a rotary phone


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Forty One

At forty one
I finally can see a Phillip Levine poem
Sales routes, cosmoline, and all
Playing out on the pages of the book
Like a great old war movie or
A drive across a dusty road out west somewhere
In a 1971 Lincoln Continental
One old motel after the other
Calling out and
Fading away
It may be the plastic daisy shaped magnifying glass or
It may be
That I am finally able to forgive Detroits
It's 1970s excesses and excuses
At forty one

Friday, April 24, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April 22... Snow

snow after tax day
is not the sort of refund
folks were hoping for

Parenting

Parenting is about imagination
It is usually
Equivalent
To trying to convince someone it is spring
Despite snow showers
Not by sitting down with a calendar
But by setting up a sprinkler
Donning a swimsuit and
Sunscreen and
Running about the yard
Screaming really loudly

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

balloons don't break bowls, boys do

He is in his third day of a balloon obsession
Bouncing
All over the house and
I have no doubt that he could keep it going and
Going
All week long and
Beyond
If the balloon could
But by Friday it will probably be the size of a bb pellet and
I will be able to breathe freely again
Even though I am sure popular wisdom is right that
Balloons don't break bowls, vases, and picture frames
Boys do