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Midnight Road

I once walked down a midnight road
Heard a croak from a single toad
Fires burned out on that night
Erratic bats in flight
Dead walked among saints it was cold

The House Waits (October Contest)

The glamour is fading - not a minor
concern. The spires stand rigid
and tight. Porch cushions
can't disguise they're a
mound of dead flies.
The scent of pie
is too spoiled
to lure.

The House down the lane
is trying so hard to
draw the wary and
keep the scary

is a hunger for
innocence and terror.
The spirits all restless and cursed.
So angry at life and the living it abhors
that the foundation and all else just might burst.

Killing the Jungle

no matter
who owns it now
the trees are falling
lopped off by huge machines
(steel has no fondness for life)
wipe out the great lush green jungle
to put in a road and a pipeline
communities are killed by greedy men

Autumn in Five Pieces

The tomato plants performed well this summer past.
Fruit given up weeks ago, the dead,
dry stalks are waiting patiently for the pruner.

Now cold, the lake receives a woman wanting
a final baptism before winter comes.
The sweet sting of goose flesh raised in the crisp air.

Canada geese are flying south -- their clarion honks
trigger deep response in those that raise their head.
A chorus of complex emotions ripple out in their wake.

On Halloween

Scarecrows and bowls,
pumpkins in a row,
scare away the dead,
wiping the air they left.

We are visiting haunted places,
watch out for undone laces!
In late October we stroll
through the neighbourhoods that roll
kids in costumes and trick or treat,
afraid of just a heap of meek.

I thought this was for fun,
just a game for the children to run.


I am your God
Cause I sit on your heads
And smash your backs
And there is nothing anyone can do about it.

Your opinions are worthless to me
Your feelings are beneath my feet
I am still your president
I know what is good for you.

I am your God and your president
Who dare challenges me
Yesterday you cried for common whips
Today comes a red hot metal.

I am your president
I put democracy in my armpit
You dare not talk
You dare not become a meal for those beasts.

Line and Circle 2.0

What cut me in half?
I was a rolling tire
Leaving too many tread marks
On the backs that got too close.

Oh, how I mistook the Messiah;
Ring marks and
Broken wedding rings.
Misdirected by the Hungry Ghost.

Allergic to mirrors and responsibility;
Just a half circle on its back.
Fill me with ice cream and give me a lolly.
Oh, how I annoyed even myself.

A return to your kiss; a
Warm wet circle that
Tattoos a promise on my chest.
My heart and a second chance beneath.

Take a Bite

An ecstasy of needing.
Overwhelmingly seeking.
How great are the first demands?

The feel of warm skin
Sparks the embers within.
How pure is a Mother's love?

The scars and skinned knees.
That stinger; fear of bees!
How true are the lessons we learn?

Love found and then lost.
All the lies and their cost.
How dear is the price we pay?

That peace can be found
By removing one's crown.
How sweet is accepting the truth?

The Knave of Hearts...

Time plods on behind the scenes
barely noticed until milestones
are dropped in the dust of our dreams
Halt! Who goes there?

Shadows of what was, does it matter?
Look over your shoulder
see him grinning, a Mad-Hatter
He's right behind you

Alice has got nothing on me
I am the Knave of Hearts
I've loved the Queen
and I've stolen her tarts

Blameless, she suspects nothing
Still, and more still...
as dreams were and are now
My hurt intact, she uses me to kill

Dancing With Rabbits (Expanded)

A wriggled nose invitation
To dance into myself.
A shout of joyous salvation.

Dappled skin;
What a grin!

Rebirth is the
Season and Reason,
Jump in!

With a splash and a spray,
The happy whiskers
Carry me away.

To the fountain within.


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