colors to sound. With his guitar
Then his mouth opened. Letters rose
sky no longer blue. He knows
it has a
name. He lost it to the stars
prayed to hear their words. Theyre too far
make sense of tones but they showed
colors, how to stroke his guitar
slowan unkissed mouth. Opened letters rose
definitions, His pen would scar
wayward tints took off their clothes
him. Then he could write what they know
would feel them. Youd lower your guard,
the color of his cruel guitar.
To An Old
your forgiving him
last smilesweetbitter, hard
as his lost
tooth. Time called you both
answered, agile, abrupt.
that he knew what comes now.
his past. This present
stingslong silence and short stays
Hopeless hospital. Now
unsaid. All your unfound
Like love. Like his last breath.
her sudden vow seriously,
eggplant on top of a trash can.
flat as an altar.
east, to the hill, then west,
another hill. South
vanishing bus, then north.
her brand new shoes
perfectly red door.
her keys in the left shoe.
before sealing the room
Her last words are
are my last words.
Exactly A Villanelle
picture standing stones, rough rocks, hand-hewn,
time-smoothed. Then the avenue they outline.
real. Tonight. Under this waning moon.
Wild rosemary, twining vines
glyphs. Now listen: Far away
a song is
fading. Walk forward: Youll find
like marbles. Pick them up and play
a game with
your pastpersonal, racial
wont lose or win (this is today
and true. A
breeze off rocks tickles facial
nervesdreams dont do that). You know you cant
will vanish like so much moonshine,
itch, a match, an herb, a tune.
The Jack of
Diamonds is wounded by dreams:
moon whispers silver light
sword has moved from his left to right.
lips are burned by a black queen
spouse is already in sight.
hell suffer for his pasteboard sins
chessboard bishops might grant him their grace).
always be thrilled by that dark face,
the club she carries. She wins
each hand. She keeps the moon in place.
knaves troubles have only begun
hes trapped in the queens dream and her
more terror than his. She stirs
his fear and
he comes to know what shes won:
The Jack of
Diamonds shines on her finger.