TSM 126

I've been reading about the French Revolution
and the Terror
how the sound of tumbrel after tumbrel rattled through the streets of Paris
all night
like semi's out on I-70 from Indianapolis St. Louis Denver
diesel smoke
of our oil-black Amazon burning cross country
from truck stop
to truck stop where waitresses
keep vigil
praying the rosary on their
order pads
 
and how the whisk of blades was as casual as you my love
chopping peppers
for our ragout last night then chicken & onions with that same
satisfying thwack
at the end of each stroke and me cheering
you on
the more the merrier I christen this dish
Marie
 
because none of us are ever any more or less than this
 
because you can howl black robes into black flames
like a bellows to the supreme heart
of the news this morning
 
you can write all their names on wings
of a death's head moth
and tape them to the internet
 
because don't kid yourself
one moment your baguette smells like bread
the next it smells warm and sweet
like an iron pike
 
one moment you laugh at yourself in the mirror
and the next
you grimace at your wig of raven feathers
 
this isn't a prayer or excommunication
dear child of God
 
only a reminder to look up
and see what angel wears your face
at Passover
 


The Sunday Muse

TSM 125

I press feathers
and bits of bone
into the earth
like seeds
like teeth
 
thinking gestures
of futility
might bloom
into foxwomb  
or begonia eyes
 
but only wormwood
will grow a magic flute
from my ribs
thin as a reed
and hollow
 
the chunk of spade
in earth
from my Mr. McGregor
shovel
harrows a shadow
 
its vole
darts across the path
in front of me
returns the favor
of surviving another day
 


The Sunday Muse

TSM 123

even the sunflowers too tired
to raise their heads
like exasperated mothers prone on the couch
with washcloths over their foreheads
 
you toss the wilted ones down
from the upstairs deck
rain of dragon teeth and yellow
bees wings
 
and I shortstop for Team Entropy
double-play them into the thicket
which season by season creeps us closer
like Birnam Wood towards Macbeth
 
such we play hot-potato
stalks held by rubber bands
for the end of the world gathered
in a slight bouquet


The Sunday Muse

TSM 122

even as my eyes are scuffed
with scratch and sniff corneas
from staring so at the atlas
of longing and latitude
that used lottery ticket we share
 
you complained I was not optimistic
but here I am unscrewing Oreos
to reveal the map of El Dorado
a doomed conquistador of fluff
yet without disappointment
 
the world is not your oyster
maybe its a Fabergé Egg McMuffin
bejeweled off the dollar menu
ketchup ruby glory on a gilded side
of hash browns
 
let's take yet another shot, sight in
our telescope's muzzle bore and barrel
fire a cannonade of stars
and planetary grapeshot
let the cracks fall where they may


The Sunday Muse

TSM 121

the sky a chain-smoking
haze of coughing grey
 
there are no parallels
there are only parallels
 
to the rutting earth
where the whales, dutifully
 
dragged themselves again
out of the sea
 
not to return to the land
but to plow it under


The Sunday Muse

TSM 120

moonrise ablates the early stars
bleaching pinblue beauty into
a sky of goddamn mashed potatoes 
you said let's shoot the moon
and for once I agree its gotta go
that jackal scavenging sunlight
that feral cream cheese so dangerously
fattening but still
my aim steady I'm shooting the sh*t
and it drops like Hogzilla
like a quarter in a coke machine like
the last white dodo attempting flight
and now it's gone, its rasterized
tyranny stripped from poems
a thousand books fall like Byzantium
and the sack of Constantinople
incinerates the number line
of the Dewey Decimal System
from 521 to 527 wiping out Celestial Navigation
burn baby burn what did you expect be
careful what you say to poets
we might take you
at your
word


The Sunday Muse

TSM 119

another day sniffing the armpits of angels
humidity rank with birdsweat
their spent avian fuel
 
the air close with burnt feathers
heat shields that gave out
on re-entry
 
now God hacking up
hairballs of spark plugs
and broken wings
 
all the Gabriel-class hawks
gone to ground even
the sparrows hallow-eyed


The Sunday Muse

TSM 118

dear god please
  no more flinging
bling bling rubble
  at our blue green sea streak soup
 
no comet kamikazes
  flaming ‘saurus burgers and kebabs
no asteroid suicide bombers
  their ocean seafood boil
 
we've got enough with tsu tsu namis
  tse tse flying
tsk tsk virus
  its all too much
 
playing planet pinball
  down the middle no free games
flippers flying you swear and tilt
  curveball space and time


The Sunday Muse

TSM 117

now I think the instructions to perform a
CAT Scan
didn't mean I wave a cat over you while
you slept
as I looked to your body for poems my
love, not
scratch and struggle and Howl in shamanic pain or
the dog
doggerel barking frenzied free verse
waking you
my dear I'm sorry for the caterwaul, the catafalque
of poems
I've scrawled, their jagged arrhythmia ECG monitor
boop boop
hooked up to arterial dreams scanning and probing for
heart
murmurs


The Sunday Muse

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