Burn his body back to ash and bone
Wait for a perfectly windy day to throw
What's left of his teeth clicking dusty gossip
Over bean fields curving under high summer sky

The red wooden fence on his land lived an enviable life
An impartial mediator between two perfectly worn running lanes
Arabian stallion against country collie every evening
Dirt packed as hard as beating hearts
A bedroom window, its brave face
Always heard everything

The couple could never agree if the sounds the runners made
Outside their bedroom wall
Were trash talk or inspirational quotes
The four of them parted ways
Some more suddenly than others
Our lost man bode his time
Until memories drug him under
His eyes anchored to the ether

Surely he prefers to be the wind in falcon yellow flowers
to a hole in the ground, dirt pushed over his head
Knowing folks would wait around a day or two to make sure that he's dead
Knowing every morning could be worse by every night
Until the sun rises blackout red to soften scorching moonlight

Unless you take stars and constellations as your only consolations
They will sail over your dry hands between sister horizon and mother mast
leaving you turning in the sheets
deep sea rolling sleep into the sky
just above and just around soil coated with a glowing, growing green cloud


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Comment by Arthur James on October 5, 2015 at 11:05am


no ever cease eating 

butter beans and never

resist a temptation to

Love and Then Love a

Gin ... Always Love and

Repeat Bean Eating and

Lovin' Bean Stinkers? aye?

a innocent ` Goof - a daze?

it a lazy fun ` Sloth-Day huh?

But, no get any ` Lazy Guilt?


We try Our Best ` no quits '

hang in there and ` stay here '

and If First Responder ` siren '




It prayer...


not a Moses

verbal lingo.

We live in a

21st century.

Life goes on 

and on, and

Life Manifest.


Open... Awe...


Comment by catch-22 on October 5, 2015 at 11:30am

grin again

sip gin and then

call quiet to your mind

more unsolicited advice ~

Comment by catch-22 on October 6, 2015 at 10:14am

thanks, capitán.

saludos al mar, al viento de mi parte ~

Comment by Arthur James on October 6, 2015 at 10:53am


catch - 22...

I hope I never

annoy You? I

 will see You on

Moon this Eve. I

speak espanol 

mut loco bah,

but buenos...


it get off line

time... No be

wicked? hacked?

wacky? or sense?

ill/evil? incarnation?

As? any? Ill/Dismay?

Be? Be? You. Happy?

Know? Real - Genuine?

not any Fake - mistuned?

Phony Phooey - false Joy?


I just stop off - Wondering?


Have Joy & Real - Bliss Peace?

Thanks & Perfect - Timing too?

A fresh Red Apple - aye on a silver

Platter... Perfect - Nourishment...

1- say

2- no read

think tanks

and be so so

stinky? okay ?

3- not stoop?

or step in a?

duck turd?







hasta la?

vista? Ya's

no muy too

loco ` IMO?

`~ '

Comment by catch-22 on October 7, 2015 at 4:29am
Nope, you don't annoy me, Art.
I like the overalls, pick-ups, beer, organic beans and greens typafolk.
I'm sending you thoughts of the sea air today...so when that sweet autumn breeze touches you, it's just a friendly hello from your pal catch.
Comment by Arthur James on October 7, 2015 at 5:06am


I broke vow ` gin.

Never drink gin.

It a VAMC day.


Wow... I recall Metanoia,

a Logos.... Air: Merlan's 

Chalice. Flying and Aie

Breezes: Ravens, Hawks

Seagulls, Squawks, Chirps,

Scotches? No drink Hard

Liquors. The book Wow-

It 's about just what You

Expressed - Conveyed-


White Magical Senses...


Hastiness? Haughtiness,

and gives Encouragement.

and not Flaunting, run in a

pack, a Flattery Gang who

are too Craven - as Dark.

Powers can be Demonic.

Principles - Principalities.

Sure Good - Senses Awake.



It past days that is/still

Beauty, Service to everyone,

and Edification, but NOT the

Tear Down, Destroy, Snipe,

and to Send People Away-

So-To-Speak with Flat

Tires, No Affirmation,

We are People, and

Flatter is Stink gas.

Flatulence. We peek

into Other's Nature.

Sad... Not Always 

Very Pretty. We

can act like lil'



spoiled, and very

unsound, disordered,

and out of Balance.



I go offline.

good vibration.

`~ ' I'll be in



Comment by catch-22 on October 11, 2015 at 7:32am
Spanish vocabulary word: mirlo de alas rojas = red-winged blackbird ~

Hearing their trill never made anything worse, ever.
Comment by koshersalaami on October 11, 2015 at 7:45am
I don't like much of the poetry on this site, but I like this,
Comment by Arthur James on October 11, 2015 at 8:12am


..a .. misaim?

a so-called?


no like?

no do?


` a poem '

no duh '

Understand ?

a prose? poem?


O? Ya's reads poems?


heehaws from local

Mule isa Poem? a aye

visual image? imago -

Ya's can focus? recall  -

Nastier? Satire? dull -

Ya's sure? aye? aloof ?:

`& ' Alienated? duffs ?:

huh? ` bueno gofo ? : ?:

OHO!` no be too loco : ?;,

`?~ ! ` no act too goofy : ?

`~ '

Comment by koshersalaami on October 11, 2015 at 8:42am
Some speak to me, some don't. Depends on imagery and sometimes skill in composition. Within the framework of traditional rhyme and meter, Jan Sand was fantastic. I like John Gozlowski's stuff. But I'm not a skilled poetry reader because I have an insufficient grasp on what drives the train in free verse.

Like in your case, I know you worry a lot about the appearance on the page. I watch the curves of your margins, and I get that that isn't easy.

But I also get that things get easier when you spend some time in a mindset. Once I was involved in a full multi-person conversation on OS done entirely in limericks. Once I got into it, I could. Do it.


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