Daily Archives: June 25, 2019

Interior Screens

In bed at night
if you close your eyes
tightly enough
your interior screens
turn white

Exactly as hard
as you resist that

is how hard it
will hit you

When you find it happening
in daylight too
you will pull your skin tight
over your hardest bones
and petrify

All that pale light streaming
blanding and blinding at once

makes this a hard place
and making yourself harder
in the comforting dark
will keep you breathing

but in bed at night 
as the whiteness
comes down
comes stifling down
open your eyes wide

to your darkness and
find yourself softening
to something like peace


Land That I Love

Revised.  Originally posted February 2019.

Open air salt mine surrounded by trees,
broken skin broken heart redwood dog pen,
blistered, bruised vending machine jail
overrun with self-guarding inmates,
I sing you my hidden prayer:

burn clean as you burn;
flood red when you flood; 
may you thus be wiped free of old stains.

If you be hell bound, may you hellhound loud;
if you speak ironbound words,
may they scar you dark and long
and thread you with traces of forgotten railroads.

Oil pan, catch basin, heart butcher to the world;
split window fastback hearse;
mistaken, glorious,

I offer you this finback wish:

may somehow you go leaping 
through hardening seas
toward the last places left with soft water;

may you somehow turn
to ice 
and jungle
and gulp replacement air;

may you somehow find safety,
dive deep, stay submerged, 
and learn to thrive in the absence of light.