Sunday, November 19, 2017

mid-call

"i think the wind
finally stopped

it's like 45 degrees
out there

or something"

i can hear you
typing furiously

about one thing
or another

and i stop talking
respectfully

and the silence
goes on and on

but i don't mind
because i'm used
to you

and the things
you do

and i know
that even though
it's quiet now

you'll be talking
a mile a minute
about something

soon as we're done
dwelling
in ourselves

so far away
from each other

(wait)



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

yes if no

yes if no
but then maybe

up if down
but then crazy

out if in
but then close by

off if on
but then ask why

maybe you'll find out

(try)















http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2017-november-pad-chapbook-challenge-day-9



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

cranberry sauce

i love
the taste
of a good
cranberry sauce

i love
the memory
of the label
and the wave

i love
the sound
of escaped
air

when you
splooshed it
open
and shook it
out

in a cylinder
of red
in the fancy bowl

i love
the fact that
no one else
likes this
jellied mess
of originality

just me
and the ghost
of you

fork poised
for another bite

(eat)




















http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2017-november-pad-chapbook-challenge-day-8


dayz

it was a wednesday
when you came
to visit

i lost my
bedside table

i lost most
of my pillows

i couldn't find
my good underwear

and everything
smelled
like bananas

didn't ask why

it was a thursday
when we had
the fight

you hid
in my office

you hid
all my socks

and nothing
could be done
without doritos

didn't ask why

it was a sunday
when you left me
at the airport

you hid
the tears in pocket

i lost
my head in clouds

and something
was said
in the silence

didn't ask what
didn't ask why

(because)






















http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2017-november-pad-chapbook-challenge-day-7

measuring up

you know
without saying

you hear
without talking

you try
without me knowing
you try

as the days
go by

i want you more
and more

but i can't get
close enough

to your perfection
to measure up

the small
in me shrinks
away

with every nothing
you say


















http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2017-november-pad-chapbook-challenge-day-6

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

destruction

i'm not going
to blame myself
for harsh words

if you don't get me
after all this time

then you'll never
truly understood me

i know that 
with every word
i say

destruction happens

but
i'm finally 
at the point where
it can't matter to me
anymore

if we can't be we
to-gether
then we can't be 
with
each other

one to the other

when the world
is free

don't worry

in this whole scheme
of things

i never really 
was worth it
anyway

(pay)
















http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2017-november-pad-chapbook-challenge-day-5

Monday, November 6, 2017

stay next to me

don't get lost
in this whirlwind
of activity

stay next to me

we've been through
the ups and downs

the black and whites
the blues and browns

all the colours of life
and how it wasn't
meant to be

stay next to me

i promise
the sun will shine us through

me and you
just as it was before

stay next to me