POETRY

Here are a few poems I hope you'll enjoy. All of these have been published before in literary journals (copyright reverted to author)

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AQUARIUS


There are fishermen who pull stars from the ocean,

who gut them on deck while they steam

breathe the scaled-down light of fish sides. 

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TIRZA

At 15, I was no innocent,

knowing, itself, is enough,

as my parents' parents said

to the allies. How could we not be

aware? We picnicked with guns. 

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LATE MAY ON THE COLORADO GRASSLANDS

Pale as all the pawnee grasslands,

blue shades cling drily to their roots:

wilderness fades, snapped in our hands; 

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MUSING ON FLOWER POEMS

Such roses may come out!

Such thick thorns and scented petals

blooming out of our tongues —

it's hard to close the lips

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MYTH

We've become too literal:

we can't take a joke

or a pill or a chair

without prodding, sniffing

like scientists: 

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MAP

There was a map of Vietnam

above the television set, and mother

said it's a war all right. We

watched it over dinner, keeping

track of it all as best we could.

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THE RUBDOWN

while we notice

the strong back

of a man, mineral

oil as it slides

under palms, 

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GRAN'MA

blue, bird's blue
shiny china:
your cup of old
blue bone, shiny
bone of flowers

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