License Renewal

A crisp morning at that Secretary of State. A small group stands in line: 6 minutes to 9. I waited as long as I thought prudent, wanting a good spot toward the front – time being of the essence.. First in line is a bent over lady with a tripod cane. She is being harangued by a hooded figure a few people back. “Do you need to renew your license?!” says a gravelly voice from under a...
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Here You Are

I found you This morning In the Bright Stillness before the day. Like a perfect stone Through clear water.
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Terrorism (A Dream)

I’ve been pursuing them and now, here, they are. They would be my friends, but something in them has broken. They respect me and, laughingly, tell me they’ve fucked up. The timer is set for only 10 minutes. Their car is 5 minutes away, and not reliable. I understand. I cannot honestly say that, having lived as they have, I would be better. Something in them has stopped. Become deeply...
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A Tale of Clem

Clem was abducted by a meth-crazed central michigan couple when he got out of his father’s Stretch Hummer to go potty in Lake City. They intended to ransom him but, in their drug and alcohol fueled mania, they instead embarked upon a chaotic road trip that ended with a slowly sinking car. In a swamp. At the end of a two-track. In Alabama. The couple wandered off into the swamp and were...
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Lawn Poem

O’ Lawn. Thou Slut. Whorish arbor of aberration. Willing firmament for every bastard seed. ‘Well Mowed!’ I say, too soon. From thence thine untamed, matted, desolation. A hundred score more skulking green intrusions rise o’r cowering grass, like gnarled middle fingers. ‘Fuck you, thou wankless dolt’ their harpy voices creech ‘and the 15.5 horses ye rode in...
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On The Nature of Evil

I know what evil is. I even got a picture of it. Evil is a drywall screw in a garbage disposal. Dress it up anyway you like. Paint it Ochre and write Om on it. Shine it to perfection. Question it’s necessity. Renounce your attachment to it. Call it a composter. Make yourself feel better. It still ain’t gonna spin right till you get the screw...
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A Lawn Was Mowed

Nice weather A new serpentine belt new blades and an oil change.
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White Vinegar

I went over there today against the advice of everybody
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Carpenter Pencils

Some Place They make these pencils.
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a woman

I've seen her sitting in a chair in her house
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Meditation

I am floating, lightly gripping a thick line that descends into the blue void below me. Nearby are others. They are there to keep me safe. I breathe facing downward into the water – through a snorkel. I begin to focus, feeling the vertebrae in my spine expand and contract with each breath. Gradually, as they become objects to awareness, I release tensions in my body. At first these are...
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Fall

It was quiet on the bus, after that.
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