IVY

14th
Aug. × ’18

Suddenly you return
overrunning my wall
with your overabundance

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ORCHID

10th
Aug. × ’18

Dear Orchid,

I think I may
abuse you

After our careful courtship
of directions on weekly watering
and other such basic maintenance
I promptly forgot
which day I started

Each time I walk by
I feel so much guilt
that I am killing you
that I let you wilt longer

When I finally convince myself to respond
I significantly overdo it

Perhaps you are now drowning
And now you remind me
of how much dying we do everyday

Perhaps this is how other people feel
about other things
about which I am annoyed
with them

Perhaps we all are careless about some things
in our gardens

You must envy the tree outside
the rain that gets to touch her
upon which she can subsist

Though you would be done out there ever so quickly
and she too must be jealous of you

To tend and to be tended to
forever wanting what we cannot take

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PEAR TREE

7th
Aug. × ’18

You canopy over
the overthought avenues
with all their right angles
carefully measured

All that
and still they pale
in comparison to you

When you brush against me
mindless petal
you make me
gentle

I meander
thinking I can learn
to slow myself

But lights flash
and I brush you off
brusquely continuing
to wherever it was I was going

desperately trying
to remember
why it seemed to important before

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TULIPS

1st
Aug. × ’18

1.
There is something wrong
with tulips on fifth avenue

They are penned in too close
like New Years Eve

meant to be fun
and yet

2.
You are not wild
someone planted you

Even I planted you
here in this poem

Hello

3.
You are coquettish
you want to be
peeled back

I wish I could
and let you be
still you

4.
Would you let me
trope to you?

I could be sun dappled
and ready to play

5.
Oh!
Make me the sun
you trope towards

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OCEAN

7th
Jun. × ’18

1.
Oh Ocean
are you always lost
at sea?

Do you even want
to be found?

2.
Let me call you
little wave
Get to know each
ripple and rise
its own story
apartments in a sky scraper
silence in a subway car
neighbors that never met
until

3.
I am a ship in a bottle

Swallow me up already
will you?

4.
Dark depths of unknown
let me explore all of you
that is unsure

Your many molecules do not scare me
I am an ocean too

Let me take
make
inundate
you

5.
Or do you secretly
want to do that to me?

I too can be a sandy shore
that you gently caress
when the moon rises
to the right spot in the sky

Patience
waiting
allure

6.
We both know this is a lie

I will build you castles
but I cannot sit still

7.
You make me want
to know you

Crime scene string
beautiful mind

Periodic table labels
Taxonomic classifieds

Wash away my want
to make sense

Take me
like a tide

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WATERWAYS

1st
Jun. × ’18

1.
Local lake
where things go to land

you love the lost leaves of fall
the bread crusts
a father threw for his daughter’s smile
more than for the ducks
for the memory
light in her eyes

For you things just are as is
plus whatever comes

Let this be me
late at night
who you silently hope will
walk far enough down the darkened path
to skinny dip in

2.
Little stream you are always hoping
something better will come along

or that you will one day be
someplace else

You are not bold enough
for all those rapids
and yet you are not placid

Everyone wants to be there
except you

Lighten up

3.
Oh to be the ocean
Upon which so many hopes float

Bottles boats
and wide eyes by the shore

Horizon that never ends

But who holds you?

4.
River of rapids and foam
no slowing down
no one can
hold
you

Do you crave
those who swim upstream
Someone to frollic
with your currant and grin?

Or are you waiting
for someone on the shore
to capture your fancy
reverse siren call?

Or is it within the multitudes
of your power that others emerge
together you flow undeterred?

Or are you always wondering if someday
you’ll find a parallel river
to flow with?

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Parachute Jump Opening, Coney Island, 1941

14th
May. × ’18

1.
Can you smell the cotton candy
seducing you into line?

Is it the wind in her hair?
The a-line dress distractions

a hundred years since
hoop dress held hope

of what lay underneath
just out of reach

Step

attempt weightlessness
World War II unfolds elsewhere

Everyone simply floating
past one another

2.
If everyone only floats
past everyone else
anyway

Why not?

3.
If we just hold hands
in flying baskets
nothing will be
Fixed

4.
Too often
we just hold hands
in flying baskets
and nothing gets fixed

5.
Surely though if you give up
on flying baskets
and stop liking cotton candy
on your tongue
the taste of temptation
Then all is lost anyway

6.
Ever so slowly we spin

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THE BLIZZARD OF 1996

7th
May. × ’18

1.
Whose hand
was I was trying to hold
when school closed
for the first time
in our lives?

Snow piling high above cars
on which kids played
king of the mountain

Everything
as possible as
a unique flake of snow
mattering

Sometimes when it snows
it could be then again

Magic slipping from the sky
safety just being
a small speck of snow

2.
Is life meant to labor
from here to there?
Or to accept
we are merely
momentary?

3.
Last night at dinner
my mother tells me she is retiring
This is her last
project

Like a rosary she says
I know this is just a grain of sand

She means herself
and I should have corrected her

4.
Today it snows
swirling and settling softly

I envy the easy going snowflakes

Unconcerned
how others see them
on the way down

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1996 SUMMER OLYMPICS

1st
May. × ’18

Bela Karolyi screamed
Suck it up
and my life seemed so simple
when Kerri Strug landed the vault
on one foot
try harder
try harder
all we needed

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KIWI

28th
Apr. × ’18

If from a simple seed
becomes your intricacies
Anything can be

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