Sunday, May 22, 2022

 the air in my lungs a storm

*Published by Cold Moon Journal on 5/17/22

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Lazarus

i grew up on
the wrong side of radiation
a place where trains derailed
and the sky hailed Satan

you hung the paddle like a cross
and the cross became a bullet

they say chemicals were dumped
into the water the soil the air
but my blood was poisoned long before
i took my first step on this earth

mother once praised you
by saying you punched
her pregnant belly only once

praise God

apparently he was there somewhere
atomically in the crack of the carpet
when you
molested me

when i was 14 i thought it was odd
how i remembered almost nothing prior
to the age of 10

but i remember my sister almost dying
at the age of two
and that cancer was an open secret // grave
in our town

when we left
you took me and my sister back
one last hurrah in the old house

why we were naked i don't know
but i do know
you eventually destroyed those photo negatives

you weren't a pedophile
of course
and The Mound didn't kill
the residents of Miamisburg, Ohio

*Published by Poetry Super Highway (Poet of the Week: May 16 - 22, 2022)

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

 crow...
one of us
knows freedom

*Published by Cold Moon Journal on 5/10/22

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

 canvas...
i will not be
gentle with you

*Published in The Haiku Foundation’s Haiku Dialogue on 5/4/22

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

 the speed
of lightning
this life

*Published in the April 2022 issue of Stardust Haiku

Sunday, April 24, 2022

 in closing

may you not succumb
to the encroaching darkness
but instead
shine brighter
than you have ever shined
in your entire life

*Published in Fireflies’ Light: A Magazine of Short Poems #25

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

silent symphony
a field of wildflowers
sways with the breeze

*Published in The Haiku Foundation’s Haiku Dialogue on 4/20/22 

Sunday, April 17, 2022

 interlude

can i admit
i miss being touched
held, desired or even

seen

divorce is brutal like that
when i need love most
it is ripped

away

*Published by Fresh Out: An Arts and Poetry Collective on 4/17/22

Thursday, April 14, 2022

 how the bluebells bloom within me

*Published by Cold Moon Journal on 4/14/22

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

read it until you believe it

you

are not a secluded river
or an island surrounded
by treacherous waters

you

are connected to all living beings
and have the power
to heal a critically wounded world

*Published in Fireflies’ Light: A Magazine of Short Poems #25

Friday, April 8, 2022

 only the voice
of a magnolia
i am healed

*Published in The Haiku Foundation’s Haiku Dialogue on 3/6/22

Thursday, March 31, 2022

 what is
what will be
a raindrop

*Published by Haiku in Action on 3/31/22

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

blood of my blood the river before me

*Published in The Haiku Foundation’s Haiku Dialogue on 3/30/22

Sunday, March 27, 2022

 shrapnel...
but all i want
is the soft touch of rain

*Published by Fresh Out: An Arts and Poetry Collective on 3/27/22
**Translated into French by Serge Tome for Temps Libres during the week of May 15th - 21st

Friday, March 25, 2022

 my heart is

the warm spring air
the feel of a ground
so fertile
roses ache to sprout
between my bare toes

*Published in Fireflies’ Light: A Magazine of Short Poems #25

Thursday, March 24, 2022

 consider this

if your mind
has a tendency to break
i believe
it is safe to say
you have a very big heart
in a very broken world

*Published in Fireflies’ Light: A Magazine of Short Poems #25

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

 at the ready

the night is quiet
and my home is completely dark
but oh
how i wait
for the effervescent hymn of stars

*Published in Fireflies’ Light: A Magazine of Short Poems #25

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

untitled with love

for every person
who feels they are not beautiful
let me tell you
i could revel in your gaze

and for every person
who feels they are unloveable
let me wrap
my arms around your ache

*Published in Fireflies’ Light: A Magazine of Short Poems #25

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

 dipping into your midnight gospel

*Published by Fresh Out: An Arts and Poetry Collective on 2/27/22

Saturday, February 19, 2022

 until i can exhale the darkest ravine

*Published by Cold Moon Journal on 2/18/22

Friday, February 11, 2022

chained desire (part one)

between
grenades
blooming

*

fine but i could rip the skin off my bones

*

love
but the way
you cut stone

*Published by Heliosparrow on 2/10/22 
chained desire (part two)

but you
only heard
the river

*

after your body folding dusk

*

snow
fallen freshly
thrown

*Published by Heliosparrow on 2/10/22
 chained desire (part three)

if only the desert could wet my lips

*

before i lose myself again in the sea

*

within the storm a ripened forest

*Published by Heliosparrow on 2/10/22

Saturday, February 5, 2022

 dropkick

i don’t want things to get too deep
but tell me if
you ever get him hard

*Published in the February 2022 issue of Versification

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

 oh i have been the untamed river

*Published in the February 2022 issue of brass bell: a haiku journal