Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Full Mood

The joy of melancholy
Recedes like a tide
And the weight of happiness basks in shallow pools
Its colour and purpose exposed 
To a spectator sun
And revelling in a will well lubricated
Unlike I
Thick and slow with obstinance 
Like a shipwreck
Too damaged to sail
Or even float
When the tide returns

War in Colour

She's collecting colours
To chase the blues away

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Chaos Perplexus

She takes the wheel
And veers off the road
Avoiding straights and narrows
Finding long and windy routes
Slowing down then
Speeding up
Crashing and burning
She surrenders
Fenders dented
Destroyed intended
She takes the wheel
And the road veers left
Left stranded
In a dusk-lit field 
Empty handed
Body slowing down
Thoughts speeding up
Crashing and burning
She surrenders
Wim Wenders
Destroyed unintended
She takes the wheel

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Switched Off

It's dark
It's not
It's gone
Click! Click! Click! Click!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Your eyes
Are a patch
Of Van Gough skies

Monday, November 10, 2014

Forced Entry

You picked my lock
You never had the key
I am ajar
Forced entry
No key required
Not even 
The right one

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Pity Pit

Hold on
I'm not quite done
Fist and jaw 
Take a double shot of clench
Yeah why not?
Hold the ice
Then we'll set off
I'm tired of quiet 
Cheers to tears big fears!
A quick swig and a dig
I'm-a-burying this pit
And you with it!

The Longest Now

Don't ask her
To muster
More than breath
For air is all she now requires 
Not love, nor laughter, nor pleasure
Of the body or the mind
But to exist
Only to exist

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Torture of Time

I remember
Course words well lubricated
Clumsily fired well aimed
Undeserved well received
I remember
Truths tossed cloaked in humour
Caught and treasured nonetheless 
Lips parting impending declarations,
caught by the ankles
Eyes have nowhere to hide
I remember
The unsaid
Pauses long and thick with desire
The honey air
Your hair
And now, I barter days for surrender
But time is a sadist and love is his muse

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


She peels away the tea-stained print
That shields her eyes from the scary outside
There may be a place for her yet
But she needs to dress accordingly
First she insulates her heart with wads of wool
And pads her ears
A hat and shades ensure identity fades
Now she is ready
For the quiet battle
And no one will flinch
When her canons are fired

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


In the black heat
Ice cubes crack and tumble from a tray
Skimming across the floor
Hiding beneath the refrigerator 
No attempt to retrieve
A tepid puddle
Waiting in the dark
Quenching cockroaches 
Observing your daily routine
Quivering to an intermittent drone
Life is brief
But the stain

Saturday, November 1, 2014


So yeah
Maybe I am crazy
There's a place for misfits like me
It's everywhere you're not
And no place in particular
Where everything is nameless
And nothing is counted
Not the hours
Nor the coins
And no one is welcome
Except the wind

My Everest

So here we are
In that place
Where familiar questions
Are left unanswered
And every notch and foothold
Carved into my vertiginous wall
Brings you no closer
To any ledge of reprieve
And what dilemma do you now face?
My dear, pathetic and lost
Do you keep climbing?
Or do you let go?
Perhaps we can do both

Monday, October 27, 2014

Poached Heart

You poached my wild heart
Watched it quiver on the plate
Contained in a fragile membrane
Gently cradled in your delicate hand
Ruptured by your silence

Masked Up

I shuffle away from their peals of approval
Drawing pleasure in drawing the blinds
Silencing joy in silencing the phone
Extinguishing delight in extinguishing the light
But they'll remember my face
When I put on my mask
The one with the sad eyes
That made them laugh

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Love & Patience

You're allowed to love me
What's holding you back?
They say love knows no boundaries
And I've pulled down mine
The obstacles are gone
No walls to climb
Except your own
Come on, take a peek
Unexplored fields await
And I wait amid the daisies
As long as the sun shines
I will wait until your eyes find mine
Once more and then
You will never lose me again

Friday, October 24, 2014

Losing Me

I've been spinning
With hands on ears
I'm tripping and drowning
Out the noise
In my head
Oh the things they said
Below the belt
And off the cuff
Now roll up your sleeves
I'm-a-punching baggage
With the bruises to prove it

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

So you Think you can Dance

Emerging from the mist
Green blobs on browns sticks
Become trees
And the bird songs 
From the album called Life in Perfect Harmony
Drown out foreign voices
That chant against its rhythm 
And force me to dance to my own
While clumsily apologising
Every time 
I step on my toes

Monday, October 13, 2014

Leg-less Elevan

Crazy still
Heaven help me
Time to kill
What a thrill
All down hill
Heart be still

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Old Face New

You surprise me
Like an old dress
Hanging forgotten
Then rediscovered
And coincidentally
Current once more
But unlike the dress
I've worn you every day
Rushing past mirrors
Never pausing to admire
Your stripes
And how lovely they are

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Rattlin' & Rollin'

In her head the rattlin'
Senseless thoughts a-prattlin' 
And on her face the grapplin'
Smiles and tears a-battlin'
Every day the tacklin'
Her beaten body cracklin'
But don't you start a-dabblin'
For a pale horse she'll be saddlin'

Monday, October 6, 2014

Friend and Foe

The wind lead her here
To face familiar fear
It blows from behind 
Ushering her mind
She puts up a fight
But the wind's always right
It whispers console,
"Let me take control"
She surrenders her will
But fear remains still
Coiled like a vine
On her wit it will dine
"Trust in my reason"
Howls the wind without season
And off they flew
Into the fearless blue

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cured not Cured

Her heart has cured
A piece of pork
A clay pot
Cold gelatine
A rising loaf
An oak leg

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

House Proud

I negate the laundry
And choose instead 
To fold words into piles
And tuck them neatly away
In my soul drawer
To use again some day

Thursday, September 11, 2014


I woke up sober
And the world no longer tinted
Under a smoked lense
Yet it remains distorted
Through the broken filter
Of my brain
And everywhere your smiles
Are pulling faces
Mocking me
And everywhere your fingers 
Convicting me
Whispering voices mispronouncing my name
And you grow weary of my stalactitic tears
As the years chase away the clarity of youth
And wear me down to the gnarly bone

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Don't rescue me
I'm finally free
I found my smile
Under a pillow of clover
And when I lay down
My head is light
Unburdened by the unrequited 
And once again my heart
Can be relied upon 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Shiny Shit

Everyone's ugly
And all I want to do
Is shrug
There's nothing in your kiss
I've seen it 
I've heard it all before
Nothing's new
And new feels old
The unworn
The gift wrapped
And the vacuum sealed
No appeal
No zeal
 In my closet
Off my neck
Or shoulder
And tissue paper
New car smell
A pop
A hiss
Bubbles and fizz
Drink up
Hard bottoms up
Flex your pecks
Look at me
I'm shiny 
I smile 'cause they said I had a great smile
Admire me
I'm one of the ugly
You've heard it
You've seen it 
All before

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Send me something
To remind me of you
You will do

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


She's an open book
But a challenging read

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


She will linger
On his tongue he'll sing her name

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Flamingo Sky

Flamingo sky
Silent and shy
Bowing before my yearning eye
Never an encore before leaving
A unique performance every evening
Similar yes, though quite deceiving
A different shade of pink 
A deeper grey
And though you smile
You hide dismay
Flamingo sky
The saltiest of tears
Pool between my lips
Where you've dipped
Your sturdy foot

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Genuine Lie

She can only pretend
To be herself

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Skirting the Issue

Cute as a button 
Heart on her sleeve
 Hot under the collar
Falling apart at the seams

Friday, February 1, 2013

Tick Tock

Time stood still
For a few seconds

Friday, October 26, 2012

Eye. Kiss. You.

I love to feel your lips
On my eyelids

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Light and Dark

She kept chasing light
For the dark ran after her
But one day she stood still
And they both did come
And they both did go
And she never ran again

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Stuggling Artist

Her brush is stifled
She colours-in with sharpened doubts

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Velcro Road

This road is furry
And my feet are rough

Sunday, November 13, 2011


We walked by the waving reeds along the river bank
His sigh both putrid and fragrant
A hissing duck and her ducklings so darling
This fine day in November
My shoulders shine against the midday sun
Warm and brown as an hen's egg in hay
Liquid ambers boasting with green so green, so green
And the water dragon high on frozen toes remains
While our shadows grow along the Morning Glory
Drowning hills
And I am reminded of nature's power
Kept at bay

Death and TV

Silence so inviting
Stillness tempting me
Darkness eternal and comforting
A warm bath
Never cooling
Knowing nothing
Not existing
Not in now nor in memory
Nor what may be
A fleeting thought
A memory
Words spoken
A smile
But then the dishes and your favourite tv show

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

He's Not Anywhere

He was here
Not so long ago
Dragging a body breaking down
In silent betrayal
But still with a smile
And a chubby hand-shake
With a well-padded, callous palm
I can still hear his voice
It's almost outside my head
The silly things he use to say
Again and again
His empty chair, smelly - like he often was
His shoes, old - like he always seemed to be
His tools, retired - finally
I see him sometimes, when I'm driving
Shuffling by in a black, leather jacket
I check the rear-view mirror
But he's not there
He's not anywhere
He's just not


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Out Smarted

You had a hold on me
For oh so many years
But then I changed
So it's not me
You've got a grip on

Friday, August 12, 2011

Miss Judged

I thought he was high on something
Boy was I wrong
He suffered a head trauma
Too long ago to remember when
Nor can he remember
to take his pills
Three times a day

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Table for One

She had lunch alone in a crowded cafe
Turkey on rye with a soy latte
It took four minutes
For someone to ask her
If anyone was using that empty chair

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Coming to Terms

She's cleaning out her closet
There's some ugly things in there
She's tossing out her favourite blouse
When I asked her why she said,
"I can't make it love me."
while dusting off a pair of neglected sling backs
They were green.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Free Range Rhyme

She hides behind her rhyme
She's afraid her words will run away
If the leash is released
And the cage of one page
Becomes another
Leaving nothing but a story
About the time she lost her rhyme

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Down on the jetty splintered and grey
Boats were nodding on a choppy bay
I loaded the hull with fresh supplies
When a brown Burmese with golden eyes
Charily climbed aboard to choose
A comfortable spot to take a snooze
Next to the tackle and smelly bait
This feline was happy to contemplate
So I started her up and off we putt-puttered
A brown cat and me in my little boat cluttered
Packed to the brim with all the stuff
One needs to survive if the going gets rough
And while I ponder all of nature's flaws
Golden eyes licks his salty paws
Begging a scratch on his belly exposed
His response - typically well-composed
When I planned this rare vacation
I don't recall sending him an invitation
I'm the discerning type, my heart's always closed
To selfish guests that have often imposed
But there is one guest I do prefer
The kind that comes with lots of fur.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Little Things

The little things she did
"It's the little things" she said
The little things she'd sweat over
It was the little things that did in her head

Monday, March 21, 2011


Why did you stop running?
The chase is all I know
I shall avert my gaze
When you reveal your heart
I'll pretend I didn't hear
The terrifying truth it speaks
Some things are better left to ponder
For when your heart was well a-hiding
My seeks were happiness providing
I don't profess this is all-well
To exist in what some consider hell
And yet these blazing walls for me
A welcoming familiarity

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Greater Thing

The greater thing
Is toying with me
Such a cunning yet gracious playmate
But I'm still scared
It's like King Kong's got my back