Sun Ray

other people write of
broken edges, sharp lines
blood soaked linen and
gutters overflown with tears

i want to remind you
of sun-rays through leaves
scattered drops of gold
in the blue edged shadows
of a beautiful world

there’s bloody suicides,
poverty and starvation
murder, war, and rape within
cities of smoke and steel

i just want you to remember
the laughter and the smiles
magic kisses, sweet reminisces
the joy of a good book, and
music running wild

people talk of razor edges
cold faces, icy caves
frozen into endless sorrow
locked into endless tomorrows

but here’s my silver lining
here’s the diamond of my life
an orgasmic, emphatic, fantastic
erratic, dramatic, ecstatic
limitless ray of light

Journey

if, in the end, it doesn’t matter
we can dance in the road
make love in the afternoons
touch fingertips and then pass
unbroken on, dreams uncurling
smoke ripples, water ripples
light ripples, we ripple on
the moment fading vibrato

into the next
salt and sea, the grit
smoothing the way for next year
though we choke, and eyes sting
on all that flowed through us
and the debris that collects
in salt stained heaps

until a match is struck
green flame takes twisted limbs
and turns them to ash

it comes and goes

it lingers in the twilight
between all that could be,
all that was, all that would be
where dreams take down our names
and no more, the rest is shadow
like the curves of the body
splayed in elegant disposition
and so dispossessed

spasms are the art of poetry and pain
although this retching is ungraceful
and the stomach flexes vibrato
from one regurgitation to the next
the jumbled remains of a wild night
spent dallying with wit and wisdom