close or develop craze
down reach aim angle
read vear forget trial
meander leave quarter
keep sword end seep
able sick wind sift
queer tend envelop in
on after aching took
aboard teeming arrest
take quick kick if
pound lever mere opal
salamander rude even
did eke dame must
lord seven around cut
climb better little oak
sleek swords find ample envelopes
same swiping seekers will wipe
weeping walls with wavering window
washers. Vent sort belief word deny
closed calloused cleavage. Saint
Tinged toward slight lame leverage.
Rely rolling ranges round relief ripe.
Rainbows rank well wane cringe quite
quiver clips click clean cankers connect?
Slate morrow’s fallopian blues,
Quiet queer sending of select sameness,
Veering onto wide angular meek ate.
Venial rowdy caged quarters
Ordered below angels angry.
Sweet swipes sorted warts.
Please drink swiveling melodious
Mirrored music horror pebble.
Walk ward with leaves large leaped.
Only air in the fist.
Nothing to grab,
Nothing to save.
Nothing to stand on.
A foundation of sand,
Slipping into oblivion,
Through the shadows.
Hoping beyond hope,
That something comes,
Something reaches out.
Is it a lost cause to hope so?
To caste a lot onto the dirt,
Counting on dim luck
To get one through some more.
Is there a chance at all?
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stash a sin here and there,
run so fast, you can’t see tomorrow,
when–and where–are you?
do you envision
or just jump in?
a guess, a hunch, a feeling:
it’s all the same in the end,
but what if it’s not?
what if regret only comes
when you listen to the whisper
in your head,
be it conscience, God, whatever,
and you ignore it?
what if you move so swiftly
you can’t hear the wind
blowing in the trees
as you pass through
the outer rings of the hurricane?
what if you drive your little hot rod,
a corvette on a highway,
or a speed boat in the ocean,
right for the center?
will there be a calm to the storm,
if you arrive in time?
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Joy, confounding mystery that it is,
comes at the strangest times:
A breath of fresh air, after a stuffy
Time spent inside all day.
A deep breath, relieving tension
From working under pressure.
Breathing in the scent of a nice perfume,
When a woman passes nearby.
Breathing in the familiar smell
Of my house when I walk through the door.
Breathing in the scent of my wife’s skin,
When she leans close to my face for a kiss.
Breathing, yes, just breathing,
Every day of new life.
Joy is that simple,
Only a breath away.