face / 25

here’s the last 4 minutes of the last day of the last writing I will ever do
this month.

and so the clock slams its face against my nose, its hands grabbing mine
saying NO, no, there isn’t time
there isn’t time.

but never underestimate courage
or desperation
or the taste of the very last moment



a final 55 for Day 30, NaPoWriMo 2016

no where close to prompt anywhere.

don’t forget to visit the imaginary garden with real toads

we were / 24

we were the water that bumped and smooth-flowed, wet
but not cold, bonds that slipped and let go.

we were the crawl.
we were the reach, the arch, the rising spine.
we were opposable

thumbs, rocks, sticks, we were splinters and bombs
we were words, the puncture kind that poke and split and sigh.

we are near and nigh, in your ear, in our eye.
and so what I remember is less

than what I saw is less than what I felt
when the door closed, and more

hope, it seems, is what I remember.
hope, and surrender



inversely (abstract versus concrete) to Maureen’s I Remember prompt for Day 29, NaPoWriMo 2016

and sort of to Bjorn’s Instapoetry prompt in the imaginary garden with real toads, where I’m looking out the window at the soon to open Monmouth Park Track near the roots of Bruce Springsteen, in New Jersey, and this came to mind.

ima / 23


I’m dirt.
I’m a rasping sack of air that noisily, poorly, dilutes oxygen with carbon.
I’m a bag of warm water and bones.
I’m laughing.
I’m a sack of precise, mutated DNA cluttered with random social instructions.
I’m a glimmer in my parent’s eyes.
I’m not even a thought.



Mama Zen asks, in under 50 words, Who Are You? in the imaginary garden with real toads.

Maureen says to write backwards for Day 28, NaPoWriMo.

there was not time for tea / 22

In Sandy Hook the killer spreed and wanton death was made his creed – but first came powers from the sea – from faceless Hurricane Sandy.

There was not time for tea; not time for rest, or to love gently; the ocean flowed, overly, removing all trace of humanity days before the human did.

Yes, it’s a different Sandy Hook, in Jersey than Connecticut – but both were lashed with wroth and froth.

Now, where do we sit when the clouds blow, and the black powders blow, when the pesticides have laced their black wings into the leaves which we steep in hot water and take into ourselves?

Where do you sit now that we know the wind will never stop blowing?



sort of for Rommy’s much gentler prompt on The Way of Tea, in the imaginary garden with real toads.

and sort of to the long sentence prompt, at Day 27, NaPoWriMo

sorry for not commenting – been so busy – but will be back around in a week or two to pay more attention…

I’m near Asbury Park and Sandy Hook, NJ, where in 2012 Hurricane Sandy devastated the area. A few weeks later, in Sandy Hook, CT, a killer tore into a school with his bullets.

Flying into Newark, witnessed both the awesome and awful handiwork humans have wrought on the landscape. Flying over the Great Lakes, looked down at the brown effluent flowing into the great blue – a brown/ tan hue, swirling like a Nike swoop. Perhaps it’s time for tea…

identity / 21



identity is a mathematical construct.
identity is a plastic card.
identity conglomerates me and teeth and titty.
identity is how you see my pigment
which is a differently loaded word than color

because being colored means something
different in South Africa than Mississippi than Crayola headquarters.
Quarters are a mathematical concept.
You have four: one
from each grandparent

who each identified themselves as being
from somewhere, some land mass, some quivering village
on the Mekong or Yong or Vistula rivers
but which no longer exist
due to meandering

or concrete, in the same way they no longer exist
except in this sentence, or in the air we breathe,
or in the dirt.
Identity is a quarter is a head is a word is nothing
more than what you say it is.

I am me. You are not me. You are me. You are you
which is the same as me is me.
you are me, and I am you
to everyone who doesn’t know us.



a day late for Susie’s cool prompt on identity, and so offered to The Tuesday Platform in the imaginary garden with real toads.

linked to Day 26, NaPoWriMo 2016, though not to the call and response prompt

link / 20

Toblerone (R) white chocolate
Toblerone white chocolate


I had a dream about Toblerone
but instead of chocolate connected at the hip
it was a rainbow of butterflies

and each one would break the link itself.
First white, the hue of hope, broke
then pink – lust (in this dream)

succeeded quickly by envy green, sorrow blue,
rage red, fearful yellow, muck-yuck brown
and finally depressed black flew off.

They each spread wings wide – translucent seraphim –
fluttering to the four corners of a round earth
and I was left

awake without chocolate
which may not normally be breakfast
but one should always begin the day with hope.



off prompt to Day 25, NaPoWriMo 2016, where Maureen suggests beginning with the line from another poem.

not written to Susie’s excellent prompt on where do we come from, in the imaginary garden with real toads, so not linked, but pay a visit…


greys / 19

via real toads, and Shay
via real toads, and Shay


So, I’m behind
I’m behind, so
I’m so behind

the grace of thick skin
and long eyelashes, and a drink
/er is always near

we have many grey days.
they are the best days
when there are many greys.

but I don’t forget
I don’t

so that is the hope of thick, grey skin.
that we may remember
us. remember us.

we have fewer grey days.
these are those days,
with fewer greys
so we cannot say
these are the better



for Shay’s Elephant prompt, in the imaginary garden with real toads

linked to Day 22, NaPoWriMo, where we are asked to write of Earth Day

14 to 16 hour workdays have cut into writing time… but I’m hoping to make a push to catch up next week, when I have a brief respite…