New Jersey 1983

Back off the sands

where the glow 

of the boardwalk disappears into the alleyways 

between cheap 

hotel rooms 

where even the most brave brace themselves 

against another shoreline 
the jungle!

where the “locals”

go knuckle deep on

girls down for the summer

 

This is where

the hired help reside

Far from the waves 

that torture their souls under brighter skies 

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Eels and Snakes

Eels and snakes
Cast among the low 
Been out of the wilderness for too long
I use my hands for unnatural work 

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Skateboarding 1978

’78 and a Mickey’s big mouth already in
taken in by an empty swimming pool

we thrash

like sharks in the shallows

 

scrapped up

from the sidewalk

pushed on by the police

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two fingers

my granddad lost two fingers in the wara clean shot from a Messerschmitt

 

there was a yearly parade

to honour the sacrifice

 

he and his army friends

would put on old hats and medals,

march,

get drunk,

and when everyone had left 

they would go and look for granddad’s fingers along the parade route

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life

lawn mower

rake

snow blower

 

lawn mower

rake

snow blower

 

lawn mower

rake

snow blower

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New York September 17, 2017

what service

does the weapon provide

still sheathed

denied by the warrior

the prospect to waste?

 

a fulfillment of a dream

to dip the blade beneath the skin

a recoil

proceeded by full engagement

 

thrust in to the hilt!

 

to quench

the anguished

lust

 

hoorah!

 

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the sixth ring

my eyes too weak to spread some bullshit words
across a screen
so I am left unaccounted for
on Facebook
YouTube,
or Instagram

strangers with foreign accents
on the landline
which somehow now only
connects me to people trying to sell me shit
I don’t even pick the phone up anymore
it always stops at the sixth ring

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