when i was young i would wonder how do people know so much; i couldn't wait to be that smart. now that i am older, i wonder how do people know so little?
we lived in a small wyoming town & the neighbors were nice until you played too loudly or ran across their yard caught up in hide & seek or kick the can & then it’s not that your just some dumb kid it’s that you’re some dumb mexican some half-breed who is contaminated by the … Continue reading red, white & brown
he called her his – he used his fists. wallpaper & eye makeup brought to you by sharpnel & strafe, llc. next time he forces you, her daughter pled, just clamp down hard, & no more weapons – no more gag reflex.
when you finally left, my hot swollen feet stopped walking merciless circles through those old night highways, horizonless but for the dawning notion that sparkling up, somewhere – a gentle tide of relief a graceful pool untouched by the oxygen of regret; whispers of stagnation not yet breathing it all in; for now, a ravine … Continue reading decommissioned roads
you can’t shell-shock me; i was born partly shrapnel, mostly flame: melting jagged edges into gay wedding bands & trophies gone missing from paychecks; swimsuit issues & other broken reward systems – women minting the bad breath of inequality, one goal, one explosion, at a time.
a steady flow of water over centuries can cut a canyon through rock so hard dynamite has to pair itself up with its own voice over & over to yell through the mountain a place that will offer a path as well as a way; from water, a persistent truth that strength whispers as well … Continue reading for papa on his 70th birthday
my heart's shoelaces wouldn't stay tied; please forgive me for tripping. that falling of yours was: completely unintended. i took those canvas sneakers to the dump.