Shadorma 310, 311

From the collection published in 2021, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Shadorma 310
8/13/20

Poppy seeds
in their plastic jar
Finger and
thumb grasp then
you do a shake-a shake-a
and pop the red lid

Shadorma 311
8/13/20

Arms dried out
cracked and pulled away
from shoulders
stiffened up
drawn in tight – my old age but
not: a clay sculpture.

Shadorma 304, Tanka 186

From the collection published in 2021, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Shadorma 304
6/25/20

Angular.
Shrugs broad shoulders
stands modest.
The T-square
real nice job you did. Ceiling fits
flawless on the walls.

Tanka 186
7/10/20

in a light rainfall
off down the hill a mile away
the train whistle blows
a tired and sorrowful voice
worn down around the edges

Shadorma 302, 303

From the collection published in 2021, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Shadorma 302
6/25/20

Magnify
the pattern lose the
coherence
gain the soft
fleeting vagueness of what you
see and will forget


Shadorma 303
6/25/20

gloss egg-yolk
yellow burned shine black
around the
edges bowl –
scribbled comet caught in glaze
here on our table

Shadorma 300, 301

From the collection The Immediate and No Sooner, published in 2021.

Shadorma 300
6/25/20

Chair demure
pulled close to table
breathes a word
in its ear
so slight a whisper. Makes sure
the plates do not hear.

Shadorma 301
6/25/20

The straight lines
divide up the view
pleasingly
fragmenting
the lackluster what is to
vivid what could be

Shadorma 298, 299

From the collection published in 2021, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Shadorma 298
6/25/20

new faces –
old reputations
rolled over
repainted –
we dress now in a new skin
nothing else has changed.

Shadorma 299
6/25/20

The raw boards
lie on the table
to be cut
nailed painted
put to use. The promise of
three parallel lines.

A Flick of the Light

From the collection published in 2021, The Immediate and No Sooner.

A Flick of the Light

tread water
deep end of the pool
tiny tiles
wavering
on the bottom twelve feet down
my feet languid wraiths

my hands clouds
who float me. The gloom
descending
I hover
in it with it above it
A fish breathing air

6/19/20
shadorma chain

Shadorma 296, 297

From the collection The Immediate and No Sooner, 2021.

Shadorma 296
6/19/20

Nerves tensed up
we wait. Barking dog
quiet now
but will he
start up again? Oh I wish
he’d stroke out and die

Shadorma 297
6/19/20

Breathe again
Don’t say settle down
Say kick hard
at the door
closed in your face. No demure.
No bashful. Kick hard.

Simple Solution

From the collection published in 2021, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Simple Solution

you howl fierce
rattle chains and shriek
incessant
dark curses
the bedroom closet your lair
behind the dresses

above rows
of shoes. The sway of
T-shirts on
hangers signs
your comings and your goings.
I shut the door. Sleep.

6/11/20
shadorma chain

May I Ask

From the collection published in 2021, The Immediate and No Sooner.

May I Ask

to my ghosts
I pen this letter
in hopes of
reaching you
in the afterlife where you
rattle chains and shriek

I prefer
a more discreet style
in hauntings –
if you might
try breaths of cold air I would
be so grateful. Thanks.

6/11/20
shadorma chain