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Blind Date

After dinner and a movie They stood looking at the sky At the luminous moon And the ceiling of stars He saw a disk Pock-marked and cold While she saw a woman Naked and all alone And he saw distant … Continue reading

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Emigration

He closed the door to his past Locking it with an iron key He hid in the basement of his heart And turned to face the future A dimly lit corridor Leading to a hazy destination But he was not … Continue reading

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Rebirth

I don’t want to remember your last days When you sat silently in the kitchen Chain-smoking behind the double-locked door Of a home grown cobwebbed and grey Praying for an easy death I want to remember you as you once … Continue reading

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Death Valley

He should have known better When he saw the vultures Circling in her eyes And again when he heard The hiss of the rattlesnake Coiled beneath her bed But he chose to ignore The tarantula’s nest Of the apartment they … Continue reading

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New Zodiac

The Goat is a veteran from a forgotten war The Water Bearer is a mother with an autistic child The Ram is a cashier who can’t afford to retire The Lion is a scientist whose invention was stolen The Scorpion … Continue reading

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Möbius Strip

A woman was waiting for the morning bus Reading the personal ads in the paper As a man passed by talking to himself Carrying an umbrella on a cloudless day Across from an empty art gallery With a “For Lease” … Continue reading

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Viewer Discretion Advised

In the morning he watched the news To see if the world he longed for Stayed in the hands of someone else In the afternoon he watched documentaries To see if those who were suffering Found new ways to numb … Continue reading

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Succubus

As a child she would watch her father embalm Corpses in the basement of his funeral home As he told her “Someday this will all be yours, A profitable business preparing the deceased.” But later she discovered a better way … Continue reading

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Shadows

His dreams had started To become reruns Old movies remade With a new melancholy The telemarketing firm Where he sold insurance Hustling donations To colonize the moon The rock and roll band He’d been kicked out of Needing an anthem … Continue reading

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Flashback

I remember the restaurant With the greasy chicken And the well-stocked head shop Hidden downstairs And I remember the years Of Saturday horror films And costumed wrestlers With clown-like names And I remember your face Waiting at the window For … Continue reading

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