Poetry Blog by Robert C Gaulke

Parsings

 

natures can't be parsed

we contain this paradox 

with you where it counts

hours where things fall apart

 

mysteries remain unmoved

we get into the groove

questions expand, still,

I wanna hold your hand

 

morning thinking comes

where the evening backs away

residues of dreams

haunt the working day

 

closer to your dimensions

expanding into space

...

Read and leave comments (0)

Today's friendly poem

 

as life expands in all directions

as roots stretch to catch sustenance 

 

as old forms are shed   

decay fulfills its function

 

turning the dead 

over on a bed of resurrection 

 

rest assured as life continues  

in creating new likelihoods

 

it will invent

new forms of stupid

 

there will always be ways

to clean out the system

 

the bar w...

Read and leave comments (0)

We could be artists

 

We could live without security 

Jumping between short-term scenes

 

Being paid exactly what we think 

To produce images of quality 

 

We'd have the validation of our peers

We wouldn't need our families 

 

What they considered wasted years

Would return in new opportunities 

 

Like church without boring parts 

Like school without low marks

 

We'd get...

Read and leave comments (0)

🌷 (2)

Drawing Circles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-9wBgsSZEU&t=6s

 

  Drawing Circles (Gaulke/Brown)

 

She's calling you from faraway

from the place that doesn't change

on the border of dreams and memories 

where everything decays

 

you miss sundays on the beach

weekdays on tv

nothing then seems boring now

in a so-so pizza place

 

with a magnet in her hand

drawing circl...

Read and leave comments (0)

🌷 (1)

Another Thing Again

 

shined, ready

reaching equilibrium 

something in the universe 

despises boredom

 

another thing again

in the world of men 

constant vigilance 

chaos creation

 

another thing again

maybe two at a time

wearing you down

to a fine finish

 

century-old harpoons 

stuck in your side 

streams of currents 

smooth the ride

 

don't get too comf...

Read and leave comments (0)

🌷 (2)

Content

 

in this city you're always meeting

people working in content 

 

serving deeply stupid morbidly 

obese racist viewers programs

 

these people are charming

go to their parties 

 

meeting their vacations, 

wives, children 

 

eating while talking

about side projects

 

and what they want 

to be doing, ideally

 

recognize the outlines of their s...

Read and leave comments (1)

Playing Adults

 

we find ourselves in situations

without a clue, without directions

 

going as far as we can

before the line dips in the red

 

memories of childhood 

through adolescence

 

remind us that 

we've always done this 

 

when there was someone 

to call for help

 

now there's someone on the floor

a fire starting next door 

 

or bad news from stars 

...

Read and leave comments (1)

🌷 (3)

Miss Stoic

 

I never learned how to love

I never pretended to care

 

people just crashed into me 

and I met them there

 

I waited with them

then waved them away

 

I never learned how to give

because I liked what I had

 

I didn't require strangers 

with problems to share 

 

I remain a good diplomat

until the end of the affair

 

the colder I am

the cl...

Read and leave comments (0)

🌷 (1)

Ex-introverts

 

 

lot of explaining to do

lot of catching up

 

now that they've gotten

a taste of who they are 

 

there's a world to celebrate

every hidden flaw

 

a net full of people

to explore meaning through

 

if they weren't abused as a child 

they will be as an adult

Read and leave comments (0)

Dirty

 

It's dirty everywhere

It's filthy 

the smell

I don't think will leave

 

You should see yourself

You should see me 

Our composure left

Before we could

 

There's no alternative

No experts

We need to start to dig 

With our fingernails

 

It's inevitable

We could feel it

We stuck around

Out of fear and habit

Read and leave comments (0)

🌷 (1)

pledge drive promises

 

 

I could show you nothing

like it was ever before

 

you’d be entitled 

to your skepticism

 

I’d show 

you more

 

taking you to the edge 

of comfortable

 

we’d peer over the ledge 

without letting go

 

I ask you how you’re feeling

your eyes start to glow

 

like an essay question

on speaker phone 

 

just because 

I’ve got you...

Read and leave comments (1)

Traveling with you

 

from the line of approach
I see the beginning and end
vibrant colors and height
I estimate on fingers

 

emerging from the cockpit
you're inviting me in
assuring me of efficiencies
swallowing time and distance

 

cocktails of emotions

excitement and dread
we look at each other
and start to swim

 

overland, underwater
through dimensions
how were we still

for suc...

Read and leave comments (1)

Like Snowden

blow me away like Snowden
tell me everything you know about me

then I’ll take you to an undisclosed location
and we can dick around like cheney

you present as mild mannered and innocent
but I know what’s lurking

under that vanilla email address
in a pair of wolford stockings

you want security you want privacy
yet you post everything you feel

you’re heading for an identity
apoc...

Read and leave comments (1)

🌷 (1)

Noise of the World

 

When the noise of the world

Gets under my silence

I bite my lip and think of you 

Read and leave comments (0)

🌷 (1)

It's just not now

 

I have these moments

Where I forget 

What I'm feeling 

On the bus or in the park

 

Just for a moment

Before my life resumes

I could be

Anything at all

 

Carbon-based 

Outer space dust

Mixed with water 

The mind wanders far

 

Returning to this life

With a cue 

From my memories

Igniting my brow

 

Muscles contract

Nerves react 

To...

Read and leave comments (0)

🌷 (1)

The Dreaded Pink Monkey

 

Never really swings

Feeds on everything

Breeds in forests

Clear cut of trees

 

Rarely plays with others

Doesn’t detach from mothers

Walks upright while

Cheating on lovers

 

Communicates with difficulty

Making tools for killing  

Sometimes lives in tribes

Shares styles willingly

 

We've tried conservation

It only leads to devastation

Scanning ...

Read and leave comments (0)

We're the news

your brand and my brand

got into a fight

my brand 

is apologizing

 

your brand is sensitive

to perceptions of hostility

my brand is about

creating understanding

 

my brand is making love 

to your brand

your brand is 

staring out the window

 

your brand has a tremendous 

marketing budget

my brand has 

close to zero

 

our brands fight 

f...

Read and leave comments (1)

Ways of Being

 

I'm him 

you're her

he's me

she's you

 

they're us

we're them 

that's it

all at once

 

both alive

at the same time

walking the earth 

as humans 

 

with sets of genitals 

what a coincidence

we were made 

for each other 

Read and leave comments (0)

Meals on Heels

 

I try to cook 

your recipes by myself

as if I could ever get 

that feeling back as well

 

spinach goes burning

in the sauce 

what was supposed to be gourmet 

gets fucked up

 

I allow myself to be seduced 

by labels at the store

I buy things for two 

so the cashier won’t know 

 

ice cream goes missing

after an hour 

flatware scraping china

...

Read and leave comments (1)

🌷 (3)

Exactly; I don't know

 

The death of one thing means

The birth of something else

Stuck in the middle 

We can't see either end

 

Searching for forwards

The horizon expands

The past shrinks till

It fits in our hands

 

The photograph shows us

On our backs

Confident the World's 

Behind us

 

One moment lasts

Until the next one snaps

There's tension's there 

To remind ...

Read and leave comments (0)

Drunk in the museum

 

the floor moves us

hors d'oeuvres, snails

18th century chandeliers 

hang from nails

 

all this jewelry on 

mummified bodies

a spirit drinks us in

where appetites fail

 

at a social function 

strutting like lemon chicken 

lost in reverberations

drunk in the museum

 

history means nothing

without a kiss

missing hints about 

the mystery of ou...

Read and leave comments (1)

🌷 (1)

Success

 

I’m a very successful alcoholic

have you met my wife

 

I’ve narrowed the gap between what I feel and do 

to an inch of my life

 

you’ve probably bought my products

more than a few times 

 

I seduce you at your weakest 

online late at night 

 

it would be lovely if we were all 

sober, sane, and nice

 

but the road to recovery is lined 

with impro...

Read and leave comments (0)

'Consins

 

Got an eighth of you 

Inside of me

 

Maybe that's where I got

Certain tendencies

 

Someone's nose

Someone's toes

 

A certain impulse

To go for the throat

 

An arrogant gaze

That can't be backed

 

By gold in the bank

Or acres of land

 

An attraction to women

With looks of ice 

 

A tendency to go

Too deep inside

Read and leave comments (1)

Aristocratic Impulse

 

it’s the taste 

everyone can share

 

aristocratic in the head

serfs everywhere else

 

building your third life 

brick by brick

 

from your working world 

you’ll pay for it

 

regal, pretentious, just a bit off

biting off more than you can share

 

pooling resources from the deep end

there’s a breath so there’s hope in there

 

it’s the waste ...

Read and leave comments (2)

🌷 (3)

something else

 

never knew her views on the subject

she was polite with everyone

 

always on time, never absent

kind to strangers and children

 

when we heard the news 

we were beyond shocked

 

although her name wasn’t common 

they must have meant someone else

 

when they opened her door they could find no sign

of what they were looking for

 

she had a brother; so...

Read and leave comments (0)

Own Devices

Your electric face
shines like a star
in a dark night
the size of a closet

in touch with yourself
in the chromium glare
you're reflected in
a thousand products

how much of yourself
can you stand
how much can
anyone else bear

just short of becoming
rich and famous
you've left to the world
by your own devices

the mirror has a name
the mirror talks back
the window's broken
...

Read and leave comments (1)

🌷 (2)

miniatures

 

 

everyday is a new creation

we remake civilization in miniature

 

you be the astronaut

I'll be the caveman 

 

we can share this

slaughter of vegetables

 

fight the war, I’ll broker peace

we'll agree to terms in a selfie

 

conquering space while you industrialize 

the kitchen at ikea over the weekend

 

will we survive ourselves

to reproduce- ...

Read and leave comments (0)

Honesty as an organizing principle

 

It's easier to tell the truth
You don't have to remember
What you said to whom

 

You don't have to keep
Dark secrets
That require a lot of surgery

 

You don't have to
Wake up drunk
Looking for keys

 

I get trouble for my mouth
but my heart’s 

all about feeling easy

Read and leave comments (0)

🌷 (4)

A Slow Fascination

 

to be ridiculous 

fun to play with

to work on it 

without reason

 

ice cream together 

listening to our

favorite music 

It's very important

 

to be obsessed 

despite the consequences

to put your energies 

somewhere else

 

I still do that 

I'm still there

a slow fascination 

measured in years

Read and leave comments (1)

This Situation

 

ingredients:

last night's dinner
today's weather
last call to your mother
bank account balance
estimated time until
next sexual encounter
feeling at work on friday
laundry

Read and leave comments (0)

my kingdom

 

I'm the king of all I can see

With my glasses that's three feet in front of me

 

You could be my queen

Preparing the royal jelly for tea

 

We'd spend our days on ikea beds

Texting requests to an army of apps

 

Anything you could think of is at your command

Don't let a poor imagination get in the way of demands

 

Sometimes we do good 

Sometimes we don’t

...

Read and leave comments (0)

🌷 (1)

Handspan

 

how do you measure 

your handspan

 

from the tip of your thumb 

to your latest plans 

 

those are some tricky 

measurements 

 

they don’t feel 

entirely accurate 

 

when you join them 

with my own 

 

they more than double 

in their breadth 

 

wrapping around 

your chest

 

looking

for an entrance

 

to stretch into 

a li...

Read and leave comments (4)

🌷 (3)

the wonder

 

digging deep into the center

under layers of clever

 

where you’re the most vulnerable 

there you discover the wonder 

 

late into the night 

way below sea level

 

where involuntary sounds 

follow the strictest grammar

 

decode the code send the signal

nature responds unavailable   

 

wonder all around us

thunder of existence

 

simultaneou...

Read and leave comments (0)

🌷 (1)

future ghosts

out of recycled

expressions

come ghosts 

of tomorrow

 

we fail to pose 

questions

that die 

on our tongues

 

we know what 

the future meant 

we’re sure 

about the answers

 

everything 

else is free

to do 

what it wants

Read and leave comments (0)

Best Idea

 

 

the idea of you is 

enough to get me started

I imagine you 

with the desires of an artist

 

I put you in a natural setting

I pencil myself in 

tear you up and redraw your body

in various positions  

 

dreams come true 

after so much work is put in

the world is cruel

full of untalented critics

 

beauty in the eye of the beholder

maybe you’re...

Read and leave comments (1)

Now is all we have

 

we can dress it up 

with money

throw it in the car 

and drive it

 

flip it upside down 

and hide it

hold it 

under the blanket

 

make it sound funny

wax and wane nostalgic

not spend more time 

thinking about it 

 

now is all we have

 

good old days  

just a trick of memory

when I can’t find my way

pull the plug on me

 

nostalgi...

Read and leave comments (1)

🌷 (2)

Baggage Claim

 

It's yours; gotta take it
I could carry it for a while

As long as we're headed
In the same direction

The pleasure would
Be mine

It's heavy what's in it
I prefer to travel light

The further I get the less I need
Call it a lack of style

It's yours gotta own it
Then you can give it away

You might try to sell it
Someone's got the space

Read and leave comments (1)

🌷 (1)

Emergency Romance

 

You excuse me 

while I rush off to love

 

Sure that it can never 

amount to much

 

You ask me if 

she's really fucked up

 

I play your mirror 

on the wall

 

The same process seen

from different spots

 

Excuse me 

as I rush off to love

 

Knowing it means 

nothing at all

 

Knowing 

that’s enough

Read and leave comments (0)

🌷 (1)

Back of the Label

our refining process has been perfected

over the past 20,000 years

only the finest ingredients

get selected by our engineers

you should feel assured

you are an optimal blend

of fears, desires, anxieties,

and passions that know no end

if you have any questions 

or concerns be assured 

you're protected 

by a lifetime guarantee

simply save the empty package 

and...

Read and leave comments (0)

🌷 (1)

Zen Ads

Zen Ads

 

What do I get/ 

the kid with everything/

she's already on it /

And finds it boring

 

Give her slow motion

She can't afford it

Doesn't know what it is

Will thank you for it

 

Where to go /

with all your miles/

that's not so dangerous/

but cheerfully exotic 

 

Go to the moment 

Without moving

Take the time

When no one leaves it

...

Read and leave comments (0)

🌷 (1)

Auto-Correctness

 

"Lover" and "Loser" have  

one different letter

 

"Fool" and "Fall" must 

be intentional

 

"Mystery" and "Misery" confuse

English learners

 

"Deserted dessert" has

second helpings for all

 

"Hard" and "Hearted” follow

one another

 

"Bitter/better” is just a 

question of timing

 

"New date" and "Nude day"

are easily mistake-able  

 

...

Read and leave comments (0)

🌷 (1)

Compulsions

 

 

I don’t know why I do what I do 

but it doesn’t stop me 

 

want to do these things with you 

perfecting the copy 

 

haven’t seen directions I came with 

would they change something 

 

feel compelled to use what I deal with 

constructing nothing out of something 

 

compulsions updated just now 

compulsions can’t figure out

 

obsessions don’t co...

Read and leave comments (0)

Problems Curated

 

 

everything's been curated

everyone demands

 

that you enter the space 

on their terms 

 

I'm open to negotiation

before the dialogue begins

 

but don't feel I can be 

a character in your film

 

the salary is problematic

and there's 

 

a lot of work to do 

on the script

 

I'm problematic

I can admit to that

 

maybe we can

d...

Read and leave comments (0)

Stuck in Trees

it’s a slow ascent up this face 

hundred stories up mostly unread

 

lose ground cry for help 

echoing sounds make music 

 

passed by while others fell 

now we’re two on a ledge

 

infinite surface few cracks

extremities freeze bodies need rest   

 

I look for you can't hear anything

sometimes you give me a sign

sometimes I get nothing

for faith in delaye...

Read and leave comments (0)

Cousins

 

these are your cousins

I don’t see the resemblance 

 

you should love them

they leave me indifferent

 

why did you wait

until I was twelve 

 

I wish I was related

to that girl in my class

 

what do they want

how do I play with them

 

they’re stealing affection

from my grandparents

 

I just want to live in 

a single bedroom

 

don’t...

Read and leave comments (0)

🌷 (1)

Insomnia (2)

 

 

scratched on the walls 

of this insomnia

 

are faithful transcriptions

of every failed romantic conversation I’ve had

 

its cumulative effects 

are breath-taking 

 

the stalactites attract 

emotional tourists from the world over

 

there will be always be 

another tragic accident

 

bookish type wonders

too close to the edge 

 

someone ...

Read and leave comments (0)

🌷 (1)

Why I Left

 

you couldn't have guessed
so I drew a map
from where we're at
to where it'll never end

you didn't notice
me feeling stressed
you were on your mission
under my dress

as you counted the stars
I navigated by heart
to a place calm and warm
off the map

If you never knew
enough to ask
you'll never know
why I left

 

Read and leave comments (0)

🌷 (1)

Stronger Than You

 

everything  scratches your nerves

you step back 

and try to observe 

 

ourselves in our 

mammalian ways

there’s not a thing to say  

 

stronger than you 

she was patient 

while you matured 

 

all giving when 

all you had 

was hunger 

 

you had no time to see it 

now you can’t 

even remember

 

you scour the city 

desperately 

lo...

Read and leave comments (0)

Bad Writer

 

I write with my body  

I write with my hands

my heart's no more  

than a hundred crumpled pages

 

every desire            

every demand

follows the line       

my pencil traces

 

panties where you left them 

socks miles apart

I'm living on the floor

where my inspiration's gone

 

I'm bad a writer 

with no imagination

I need to see you 

to k...

Read and leave comments (0)

🌷 (1)

Show more entries …

Archive

  • 2017 (100)

Recent Comments

Eric G. Hoff on Content (9 days ago)

Hannah Collins on Playing Adults (10 days ago)

Cynthia Buell Thomas on pledge drive promises (Mon, 6 Nov 2017 07:32 pm)

Kaitlyn Pair on Traveling with you (Fri, 3 Nov 2017 02:41 pm)

Tony Hill on Like Snowden (Thu, 2 Nov 2017 08:32 am)

Martin Elder on We're the news (Sun, 29 Oct 2017 02:09 pm)

Hannah Collins on Meals on Heels (Thu, 26 Oct 2017 09:20 pm)

Stu Buck on Drunk in the museum (Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:03 am)

Lan on 'Consins (Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:31 am)

Martin Elder on Aristocratic Impulse (Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:58 pm)

Eric Maynard on Handspan (Sun, 22 Oct 2017 02:40 pm)

Eric Maynard on Own Devices (Sun, 22 Oct 2017 02:35 pm)

Eric Maynard on Aristocratic Impulse (Sun, 22 Oct 2017 02:31 pm)

ray on A Slow Fascination (Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:46 am)

Ryn on Handspan (Thu, 12 Oct 2017 02:36 pm)

Feeds

RSS feed icon

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Find out more Hide this message