Here Is My

Here is my

privilege. Will

you
take

it, and be

hated for it,

whether
you

sing

in the redrobed
choir, or fascinate

in the shadowy

back

row?

I have left the building,

it’s your

show.

Maybe

Maybe I’ve watched

too

many

romantic

comedies, in which

eyes and fingers

ears and

tongues

don’t mind
the immaterial.

Water from a gun

in summertime

is

refreshing.

Crow on Black Telephone Wire

Crow on black telephone wire
cleaning under wing with
blunt instrument

of beak, before
resuming career
as urban scavenger.

Fruitless persimmon tree
ripe with shiny green
leaves, concealing
all manner of
squirrel

shenanigans.

Pewter sky waiting for moonlight
of thickening clouds to darken
into pouring
life.

Mind of Seattle waking
up to strange old
rules.

After Class, He Remained

After class, he remained

in his chair, looking

at the back

of

his

hand. The other students
shuffled out, amid
obligatory

murmurs. Professor Moore

restored her lesson plan

to its designated

manila

folder: “Racial Equity

and the Word.” The veins
between his knuckles and his
wrist were green-tinged, he noticed,

and his skin

wasn’t

white.

Chances Are

Chances are,

dear

Reader, we

have failed

sorrow.

How
many

rambunctious lives

viced in fearful?

Naturally a reindeer

carries
our

nothing,

because
of Christmas.

If Death Is

If death is

the long

awaited

embrace of silence

and nothingness

we’ve

been

preparing

for by making

and looking at

art,

why

are my shoulders

ever

tense?

Why are you
running

so

fast

from a

layperson’s

dry conscience?

I know there are squirrels

using the vacant

crannies

of my mind

for their cache

of pure

survival,

so

I guess

it makes

a kind of sense.

The Lion in the Rorschach

The lion in the Rorschach

blot

was starving

for a kale

salad,

one of the prisoners

standing against the wall

awaiting a generosity of bullets

from the magnanimous rifles of the snazzy

red and blue uniformed firing squad,

couldn’t help

thinking

to

himself, as his soul

hastily packed

its

one

belonging,

for the looming

trek.