is best. No one
has time or
or treks. Long
a life or more
and the shortest
been here and there
fore and aft.
So avoid story.
and all its sticky dead.
A little poem is best.
1st published in Hot Metal
No use telling
to stand up
or the footless
slug to stand
as curdled milk
for all his feet
to put down.
the slightest breeze,
crabs sidle off.
So don’t expect
piling or prop.
90% of us
have been spineless
this 3.7 billion-year
1st published in Fourth River
My mother preferred periods to semicolons.
You can’t stop smoking halfway, she said.
It’s cease or ampersand. When she found
my buts and run-ons in the attic, she burned
sentence by sentence in the big oil drum.
she would have said, had she tried such tokes.
Ignited my father’s love letters too, logs
punctuated long before she smoldered along,
seems there was a red-haired nurse
who wouldn’t follow him to Pittsburgh.
How much does a preacher make? Not
he sighed. My mother found those epistles
in the back of his drawer, read them pilcrow
and then they disappeared. You just keep
those periods coming, she told me, dousing
1st published in Journal of New Jersey Poets
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