Where They Called Home

Crusty forgotten plastic grocery bags
swirl in their urban peregrinations
hovering in hot vehicular storms
of jet lagged bus drivers raring to go
from one grime encrusted bodega Continue reading Where They Called Home

The Philosopher’s Verse

If I’m gonna think or do anything
might as well mean something to someone
is more or less what philosophers thought
in every battle that came to pass
blood was spilled for a thousand ruby stones
before forests gave way to our flames
I stood with my family atop the promontory
overlooking plains of restless buffalo. Continue reading The Philosopher’s Verse

Icarus Died in the Spring

If we touch up our faces just right
the universe will reveal itself
to those who get lost in the sun,
that rather unseemly warning sign,
whose monstrousness averts our fair eyes,
where life depends on death. Continue reading Icarus Died in the Spring

A Dreamer’s America

We need to move.

She didn’t remember anything else
except those words
except the feeling
squelching over a frictionless earth
beneath the void void of empathy
for the shivering bodies plunging into
thoughtless platoons of piercing rainfall
so thick, so fast, como si Dios
Himself was perched amidst the clouds
quenching His world with Dios-sized buckets
bringing life to the dead of night
to the chagrin of a family freezing
to cross a squiggly man-made line
drawn in the burgundy lore of age-old
events, men, treaties, guns, a history
of cracked earth stampeded upon and now
stampeding anew with equal ferocity,
in the rank miasma of nature,
if only dinner and a warm roof
could grow from the muddy vegetation
or a soul in the world who gave a damn
might surmount the opening horizon:
a light so faint it couldn’t be real;
tantalizing, yet, it may not be real.