Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Free at last

I had a dream
that one day
we would hear
church bells
like the love
in our chests

that we would
no longer
walk alone
but be an oasis
each other
across the desert


November PAD Day 26 - free (blank) or (blank) free

Friday, November 22, 2013


You eclipsed my view of the stars
when I put you on that pedestal,

leeched on like a remora to a
wretched, self-immolating man 

lost in the sun.


November PAD Day 22 - use three: ideogram, remora, casket, eclipse, selfie, wretch

Thursday, November 21, 2013


I never sent
the letters I wrote you
turns out that

the scribbled words
were really more for me
than for you


November PAD Day 21 - secret message

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


How do I
hold on to one who's
outgrown my embrace?

How do I
embrace letting go of the
grown man before me?

November PAD Day 19 - love or anti-love

Always a bridle

Hold your tongue
and stay the steady course
for the win

Don't dream of
letting go of the reins
to run free


November PAD Day 20 - Always (blank)


Sparks may fly
but I cannot turn leaden
heart to love

November PAD Day 17 - element

Monday, November 18, 2013


we would
be laughing now
rolling on the floor
like the children we are

we would
be holding each
other's hands as we
journeyed into old age together

we would
be bouncing babies
on our arthritic knees
remember our own little ones

you could
forget the words
that drove you away
and remember this life instead


Friday, November 15, 2013

What child is this

For all the homeless kids in Hollywood

Who are you
that send your lambs
to slaughter

The City of Angels
is no place
for children with dreams

Hope litters the sidewalks
like shards of
the broken bottle laying

at your baby's feet
as he sleeps
on the cold stoop of the YMCA

dreaming of a place
and face that he used
to call home


Thursday, November 14, 2013

little explorer

she grew up
on the shores of discontent
dipping her toes

in the stagnant
waters and scraping her feet
on jagged rocks.

she breathed in
the poisoned air of temper
tantrums and adults

acting like children
instead of looking after those
in their care.

November PAD Day 14 - exploration

Friday, November 8, 2013


Inanimate: not endowed with life or spirit 

chambers in my chest
with blood that cannot 
back what's been lost. 

November PAD Day 8 - inanimate object


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