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we assign human-like qualities
to the menagerie in cages

gaze with sympathy at the bear
who nuzzles her face to the wall
when visitors come around

tell the monkey how unreasonable
to chase away the paying public
by throwing such a mess

question how it is we failed to trick
the cheetahs into mating in captivity

and wonder what our humanity has done for us
when the tiger finally k...

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these fragile tyrannies
these fragments surviving
the systematic murder of the self

see how they smartly reflect
see how we do prolific death in style

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to disappear from the suspicious leers of strangers

who say the word "ethnicity" like it's an obscenity

because the scars of the distant past offend us
and inflicted psychic wounds bind us to things
groping fingers can't grasp

like children born of ghosts...

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russian girls

Mother calls to her three times every day


inevitably while daughter's ice blue eyes

are found searching the sea for the first sign

that the Siberian winter is finally ending.


She hates the nervous laughter that escapes her

when furtive strangers come too close and she's

sure that her thousand yard stare has betrayed her.


But, in silence her knowledge betrays all...

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capture & release

there's bright colored plasma in flames

and feet that thought they could run


but melt-away cellophane hands can't hold

an assailable heart come undone


--often, the most dangerous places

are those found closest to home...

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there's a crack in the wall
and it's spreading like a web
to that most tender of places

where the adolescent mind never learned
how to say it's too late the roof's already in flames


now the same mouth that sat mute
while I shaped an ear from a lump of gray clay
because you never learned to hear

remains silent while I learn
to build houses with doors

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A place holder for future musings...


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another early morning daylight

i find you staring wide-eyed at the ceiling

and i know what you're thinking

you said it was ok if i didn't talk about it

but it bears down upon the air we breath

oppressing and you're asking yourself

how much more silence you can take

i once told you jokingly you would get bored of me

but boredom doesn't resemble the face i see

the face the...

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origins and distillations

the horizon has disappeared

the ocean is in my mouth

somewhere there is a child who cannot yet walk
stacking colored wooden blocks, decoding m-theory

and a new planet is being formed
within a mound of opened earth


the gulls are crying
and their echoes are being carried
in the canyons of the barren ocean floor

but I have swallowed up the sea

and today's new creation is sa...

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my new lover is impetuous

I feel her eyes on me
like hammerstrikes on steel

and she says she knows me
like sparks show through darkness

but I cannot come out tonight--

she doesn't know my heart or how
her new tiger has been tried

and she doesn't know that though
I've turned my back against the divide

I will always keep a wide eye focused on the sun
forever setting in the wes...

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I'm Into the Blue

I Disconnect--

every evening's struggle

sees another day come up short

leaving me zeroed in

a deep-freeze limousine

that never passes go...

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delicate boys

and intricate poisons

coax solemn oaths

from intimate whispers

like prayers to nameless loneliness

and longing


but jealous daylight

still grips her knife

in wait to kill

what she cannot take

from night

though all that was

once wild in us

is now retreating

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distant history


and the rebellion

of Persepolis


--twin stars like twinkling eyes

against the blanketed night

guide the wandering dogs of heaven,

while eden sleeps fallow at history's feet.

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I wanted to dare you--

I wanted to say, "make something

beautiful," from this

formless mass of matter

we've created--instead

I held my breath.

One two three building
blocks placed neatly

With no order imposed
I can never predict where
my belongings will go

While continual rearrangement
creates new facets where
they were once nonexistent

We seem busy deconstructing.

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