ASTRAL (November 15, 2013)

Sometimes the sun shepherds the stars

Corrals a chorus in perfect silent pitch

And light

Pale and faintly blue tenors

Sparkling altos

And the darkness is filled

Scarcely seems the absence of light

But instead its playground


And other times it seems

Black felt and glitter






An angel invited me to dance with him

On the head of a pin

Because no other angel would.


So I guess the answer to that riddle

Is “None”

Because I turned him down.




5:45:45 AM

Two outstretched hands begin their ascent

Mine cannot reach.

A momentary embrace, and then

Slipped away while I lay in bed

But even when I gave chase

Ran out the door in below freezing

Breathless in black and white flannels

Drivers beginning to see me, honking in ignorance and anger

I couldn’t catch up

And there I was:

Daylight’s fool

Running after the sunrise

While angels told riddles about me