You don’t burn out your eyes
looking at a star in the middle
of the night. But find it on
a line that lies inside
a constellation, and you’re blind.
It took me until last night
to see how long the shadows cast by
the evergreens along the far side of my lawn
take to reach my front steps.
In every storm,
the rain rusts
the classic cars I poured
last month’s rent into.
The cars in a salvage yard
no wider than a lawn,
bound to be scrapped
for sculpture art.
In every storm,
I think about how I will help make art,
art that may one day be placed
in a public park, or in a museum
with a cover charge.
Orange juice laps down Pennsylvania
Avenue, and people touch their lips
to the flood to lap up the pulp.
No one quite knows where
the juice flows from. All that people
know are clues murmured on
gusts of the autumn wind.
With all the townsfolk distracted,
the Pied Piper breaks into homes
and steals away baby photos in a sack.
With no one looking, Fatty Arbuckle
continues his one-man protest
outside the Supreme Court, praying
aloud for an appeal.
He smells citrus in the breeze,
hears the shatter of glass,
and still he stands,
as the townsfolk whisper
next to a river.
when I’m caught in a
current of snow on an
I wonder why we choose
to let the sidewalks
get covered in flurries,
then cleared out by men
feeling hung out to dry
I could shovel just fine.
I don’t mind being all wet.
She sits above the fray of
purple and orange and pink and blue,
too pure, too white, to busy herself
with the nonsense of light
sprawled beneath her.
She’s finally at that time where her
whole face can glow to the ground.
She won’t waste a second of her time
with anything less than herself.
Yet the ground isn’t interested.
It spends what remaining sunlight
there is on tracing its fingers along
the colors’ path, trying to pretend
for a moment that the ground
can paint the sky.
So she stands, mouth open in surprise,
at turned-away eyes.
when I’m caught in a downpour
of snow on an October evening,
I wonder why the city
puts yellow bulbs in the street lamps,
so as the flurries soar around tree tips
and home tops, they look
like licks of fire,
raining, burning the city in
cold, cold water.