Monday, September 16, 2013

Staying Clear

I have decided to stay clear of God
step around him like
stepping around shards of a glass
that will never hold red wine again
step around him like
stepping around the corner
of White Bear Avenue onto Maryland
step around him like
stepping around the man lying in Pappy's parking lot
who looks like he is dead
who says hey mama I just be resting here a while

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


I begin my work day
by eating for breakfast
my lunch
of leftover dinner
while reading the
suicide stats
for Dakota County

It’s too early in the morning
to say something profound
about air and eddies and currents
and how one person rides
and another person is lifted
and another person plummets
to the ground

Let’s just say
that I lived in Dakota County

in 2007-2011
and I am not unaware
that I am eating
fried potatoes
with thyme from my own garden
and 224 other people
are not