Smoke Signals

breathing smoke

billowing plumage erupts

cascading powdered

puffs passing unobstructed

peeling

distending

undulating

traversing stagnant air on a breeze of

sour breath

stained teeth yellowed and calcifying

tartared tarred

tainted

teal tendrils turning

jellyfish autonomy

unaware

floating in

fluid free fall

flowing

between us

Life: As Viewed Through a Lens

where will we turn

when the sun hides

when the tides

roll in roll out

wash the shore clean

erasing

our mark

eroding

as the grains slip through

the glass

shattered pieces scattered

in all directions

bellowing death

wail perforating eardrums

fall deaf

eyes blind

mind

ignorant

of our influence

we’re all running

treading water

in this muddy pool

trudging

sinking

forging a legacy each troubled step

some prevail

but do they

really

the world is small

viewed through a lens

Time and Typewriters

last night I dreamt I moved into a new apartment

large and sprawling labyrinthine design

with white walls and wooden furniture

dilapidated

papers strewn paint peeling

i entered off the street

in the dead of night

surrounded by nameless people who didn’t acknowledge me

I recall a writing desk with what at first glace appeared to be a typewriter

upon closer inspection

i identified it as a clock

i felt a deep sorrow at this discovery

then sat on the floor

wallowing in thick pudding sadness

yellow light flickering

glancing back and forth at doorways

that led to rooms i hadn’t been before

Night Sounds

do you lie awake

listening to the night sounds

to the mating calls of lonely crickets

raccoons in rubbish

wind howling through shrubs

past brick and mortar

muffled against the exterior of insulated cocoons

creaking apartments

echoing with the noise of running toilets

beeping malfunctioning smoke detectors

groaning beds beneath the weight of undulating bodies in the throes of passion

or maybe

you’ve blocked it all out

deafened by the volume of thoughts

thoughts which crawl

from the hiding places deep within the subconscious

untidily stored away in haste

to better manage the pressing issues of the day

returning in exhaustion

caressing

their disturbing manner

licking at earlobes

running chilled fingertips across your back

gleefully giggling

stifling pleasure as they coerce you to converse

do you attempt to drown them out

with music pills or alcohol

tranquilize them with self medicating cocktails

anesthetize the looming lurker

subdue them

as the noise steadily dies down

drowned out for a time

growing more

and more

silent

A Grey

mouthed telepathy

falls on deaf

alien minds

unacknowledged

lying on slabs

deflated

flaccid limbs

induced paralysis

staring

blinding light

suspended overhead

illuminating rigid expressions of

muted agony

discomforted at

precision probing

prodded

virile vivisection

an attempt to

uncover

what lies

morbid curiosity

indulged

conceding

an attempt

to gain

favor

center stage of the operating theater

peering eyes peruse

from amidst the elevated position

of the gallery

feebly resolved

embracing submission

gaze upon

the frail form

of one so different

critique analyze

record report

experiment evaluate

what else could a shade of grey

expect

in a

kaleidoscope confettid

rainbow tinted

world of

color