Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Summer Time-Shroud



Summer Time-Shroud

Stetson-topped children
playing toss with cafe plates.

Deep sunlight....
A large-winged bird
casting empty cow lot shadows.

Wallet-money's gone by noon.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Brexit



Brexit

Oh... oil on choppy water.
The common shaving mirror
illuminates a dumb show:
razor-bladed lips,
swallowed gasp
(near-euphoria)
of wrenched shoulder.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Straight Ahead: Envoi



Straight Ahead: Envoi
One lesson of our West: Bat Masterson's heart
died in New York... atop his newspaperman's desk.
A swirly pillar of rising yellow hay fire smoke...
a neighbor two miles might see insurance bucks.
The raggedy bereft sing cowboy songs all night.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Straight Ahead: 38



Straight Ahead: 38

New-coat-of-paint double-wide trailers,
sweep-of-rain on a sage steppe road,
AM radio like lightning-kill steer ribs....
You're listening: songs of the border-stranded.
Blackbird dive... fear of moonless nights.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Straight Ahead: 37



Straight Ahead: 37

Promise of rain like a private joke,
but maybe by morning on sagebrush.
You try to chase a bottle of coppery beer
with an ice cream sandwich: imbecility.
Ten miles off, night's first headlights.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Straight Ahead: 36



Straight Ahead: 36

Soup-gray sundown... not a twinkle
of silver coins or a kid's starry wild rag.
Blacktop is a song for the lonesome:
midnight, no headlights, whiskey-flight.
Above the north pasture, a scream of crow.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Straight Ahead: 35



Straight Ahead: 35

As if a flea has bitten an eye... and time
is thus measured in razor-slit throats.
Blood pools on the blind side of the moon.
And the Ark never does reach dry land,
no matter the desert of any motel movie.