Monthly Archives: August 2013

A Pile of Ashes

There’s nothing left now
But a pile of ashes
Where my heart used to be
A gray mountain of charred love
Not even smoldering anymore
Someone pissed on the flame
The flame that was my heart
And now there’s nothing left
The blood slowed – then stopped
It’s fatal movement through my veins
Dependent lividity is next
But I am helpless to do anything
I am helpless to move forward
And I clearly have no reason
To continue in this charade
That we call life – living
There is nothing – anymore
Nothing worth hanging on to
Just a pile of ashes
Where my heart used to be

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On This Cool August Evening

Business is brisk along Cicero Avenue on this cool August evening
Blue lights flash like a monochromatic carnival ride
Familiar smells of frying meat and grilled corn fill the cool air
The language up here dances around our heads like spastic butterflies
One simple kind heart reaches out with cool water and warm love
Urban hieroglyphics share a story primeval in sun-baked flesh

Business is brisk out here on Garfield Boulevard on this cool August evening
Blue lights flash like they’re rolling back the prices
Tinny – shitty music blares mercilessly but barely sooths the toothless tabbies
This scene plays over and over – night after night with little variation
It is cool tonight so that has to mean something – to someone – somewhere
It is cool tonight so everything is going to end well for those who let it

In Guam

The silence slices through me like a whale-bone knife
Rendering my soul two parts that no longer make any sense
We didn’t choose this – but this is what we are now
I can hear your voice like a hushed whisper across the beach in February
I can feel your touch but it is only a memory – a dream that is long over

The sadness brushes up against me like an old lady trying to get her pills
My body is jostled without humor or warmth against my soul’s will
We didn’t ask for the bridge that doesn’t quite span our love
You can feel my love rising up around you like a warm wet flame
You can hear me sing love songs of other places and other times

Te Quiero

Te quiero I scream in the middle of the night
Then I kick out the window to let in the light
Then I run down the stairs and out to the street
And I scream to the sky as I bleed from my feet

Te quiero mi amor
And speak to me of love once more
Te amo mi amor
And walk with me through love’s door
Te necessito – te adoro
And share with me loves glory
Te quiero – Te quiero – Te quiero mi amor

Te Amo I sing to the rainy summer night
There’s a fire in mi alma burning with the light
My heart’s a shameless flame that burns tonight for you
So I sing te amo and I scream I love you

Te quiero mi amor
And speak to me of love once more
Te amo mi amor
And walk with me through love’s door
Te necessito te adoro
And share with me loves glory
Te quiero – Te quiero – Te quiero mi amor

Te quiero I scream in the middle of the night
Then I burst through the sky to get close to the light
Then I crash to the ground and I kick down the door
Te amo – te adoro – te quiero mi amor

Te quiero mi amor
And speak to me of love once more
Te amo mi amor
And walk with me through love’s door
Te necessito te adoro
And share with me loves glory
Te quiero – Te quiero – Te quiero mi amor