Reflections from existence and 2016

I'm staring at the maw of 2017 with trepidation and tears floating just behind my eyes- a little excess lubrication to make the night move on a little faster. The reckless abandon of previous years has given way to something unfamiliar for this season and this holiday. Some anxiety, some kicking some screaming to hold tenaciously to the buttocks of 2016 which as it turns out wasn't as bad as we've made it out to be. Sure we’ve lost a good number of influentials bards and artists and people who spoke to the spleens and humors but this was a coincidence of timing born of the tumultuous decades prior. We should see a similar shedding in 30 years time. But in my small existence with my small family and even with my larger family life beats steadily on toward the inevitable quietus, the silencing, the Nothing. Or something because just as 2017 will bring a host of unknowns, the undiscovered country will as well. Why ponder the feckless existence, the Sisyphean struggle to wrench from the universe that which she is unprepared to give. All is in the end for naught except as is applies to this immediate existence we must make, shape, push and pull, kick and scream.  


The windows cut and the light bar removed the Jeep had known kinder hands. Parked in the space behind apartment buildings and halfway homes it wasn't suited for such an urban scape. Four wheel drive wasted on potholes and puddles, a lemon left in straits of asphalt and stone.


With the sweet notes of Jamesons from a dirty coffee cup and Townes Van Zandt in my ears I am in a breathing procrastination mode. Eyes blurred from the mental cardio of the day and the physical cardio of the five o'clock hour I savor the moment of peace before more storms when want and need collide with thoughts of art and hobby and retail therapy and masturbation - self serving practices all.

The exorcising of demons and pixies, the annoyance of the uncontrollable mischievous meddlers; of sex and violence and horror show croovy in burgundy shades of sanguine mirth
A winding capillary style behind eyes,  the lingering ice pick that pleads for puncture

I am wasting time and failing to find more remorse than contempt to motivate my hand.

On Halloween 2015

The starts and stops of stark words on white echo the cold spray of autumn rain.
Outside drops gather on branches only to well up and surprise the back of my neck
Exposed to the chill nail- of that solitary droplet well placed within an upturned collar
Is convincing enough to place me inside and warm.
Let the brave Spiderman Z and M brave the begging queues for candy.
Black IPA in hand I am in the mood to give sugar to pre-diabetic scream queens and demons
Then again, why settle for passive when active brings pleasure beyond hoppy cold comfort
Alas Fate you've sends the first foe a 5 year old flamingo to sap my resolve.
I barely survived her crocodile concern a simper- in pink to be sure.

Lattice1 - 2005

Close to looking with words weaving a patch work of mess
Or was it message- defining some sensed granular reality
As real as a question on the tip of your tongue
When it explodes will you run?
Climbing back up your trellis to pull the covers close?
Something pure about baring all in a tempest
Sirens' calls and lashings, WAX CAN'T SAVE ME NOW!
Though my words traverse more tenuously then whimsically
Wrapping round icy warmth and rending smiles
Desiring only to peel back perfect petals
I am freed and fettered by my language in a single breath
Caught by some lattice of scorched summers and hardened winters
Stretching now to grasp, pull, push and punch at binding vines and wilds
Tangles round hands and lips and eyes
Interlaced arms pulling closer than so many words unspoken
Memories made weave loops lingering, searing senses
Striking dumb my once skilled tongue
With so much to stumble over
Were it not for this lattice, I might never hold on.