Monday, November 25, 2013

The Absence of Love

She had not thought
it through

She had pictured

Nothing lasts forever

She had not known
that each day would begin with it
go on with it
end with it
days would become weeks
weeks become seasons
seasons become Generation This
and then Generation That

she had not known
it would be like this
the daily presence
of the absence of love

Friday, November 15, 2013

Still dream of love, but the dreams are different

Lover man, hold the front half
of the dog so I can
pull the stickers out of his ass
Come sit with me at the Unitarian Church
and sing Arlo Guthrie
Can you be home in time on Tuesday
to speak man to the gutter man?
He only hears customers
who have a prostate
Here, eat half of these fries
my hips are wide enough
to birth bulldogs
Say What did you just say to my wife?
to the saggy pants in the parking lot
who thought I was alone
Let us go then you and I
to the compost heap
before it rains
your turn to drive

Monday, November 11, 2013

Weight Watchers 7 a.m.

Viewed as protein
the Weight Watchers leader
is on the stringy side
even basted frequently
she'd get all tough
on the grill
meat needs a bit
of marbling to cook up
moist and flavorful

I guess I could try marinating her
perhaps in orange juice
with a little Dubonnet rouge
and four twists of the pepper mill

Nah, too stringy
not worth it
besides there's something wrong
with a woman who does the wave
and crows with joy
because shake powder is on sale
remember mad cow disease
nah, I can do better
than Miss I Weigh My Lettuce
all around me
every occupant
of every green plastic seat
is potential pot roast
and carrots
are zero points


Oh, I ate both my bananas
I said out loud to no one
I meant to save one
to eat in the break room
at the table
under the healthy snacks machine
two rows of Snickers
three rows of Fritos
one row of Little Debbie snack cakes
always out by Wednesday
so that I might be
remembered as the healthy one
I've always found
that memory is a dog
who doesn't want to go out
to pee in the rain
and needs a little push
and a firm word

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Dreaming of Vincent Price

In bed Vincent Price
says "Non-adherent?
Sounds like he was
Passing the buck.
Have a cheese knot.
An old St. Louis recipe."
And the dog sleeping
In the exact center of the bed
Makes a noise
Way back in his throat.
It might have been his opinion
About the kinds of things
health care professionals
say when they don't want to say
I don't know to help you.
Although it’s just as likely
The dog way back in his throat said
"Ooh, cheese knots
No one makes cheese knots
like you do, Vinnie."