Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Monday, April 24, 2017

it matters where

it matters where you put words
on the page. it matters when

you put words on the page.
how much breathing

room a word needs.
how much space.

it matters where you put words.
how you speak them. it matters

how they make a home
in the skin. on the tongue.

with murmur and whisper,
entreaty and shouting and song.

some words are seeds,
others are hammers.

some are dry as sand, or
wet as kisses.

all these things matter.
this is how you make a mark.

this is how you write
a poem. or begin one.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

what that means

perhaps it’s time
to reinvent myself.
like putting on new siding.
to make it look better.
i don’t know what that means.
i just want to feel better.
i don’t know what that means.

i don’t know what that means –
i just want to feel better.
i don’t know what that means:
to make it look better.
like putting on new siding
to reinvent myself.
perhaps it’s time.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

cartography

the parchment is always larger
than you’d expect.

not like vellum.

i write the world
and its edges.

like an icon.
except that it always changes.

it is good to remember that.

the root of carta means to scrape.
every day i rewrite the world.

i create shorelines
and make things up as i go.

i recite the names.

i establish boundaries
address the matter of scale.

wonder at what point
distance becomes exile.

every mark i make
is only to bring me home.

Friday, April 21, 2017

sometimes

sometimes people
use language
to hide language.

sometimes words
don’t tell the story.

sometimes you
can only tell a lie.

sometimes your wounds
are only your wounds.

sometimes you should
get tired of your excuses.

sometimes it takes
all of my strength.

sometimes all
i can do is hold
my hands open.

sometimes that
is the only way
to know the truth.