Hurtling Down a Mountainside, Driving to Kentucky

I dream of every trip
I thought about but never took.

All the jagged cores of Earth
I could have roamed, like a corkscrew,

the bottles of wine I could’ve
sipped in the arms of a stranger.

all the moments I could’ve escaped,
the sphere of mourning a lost love

and saw our connection of flesh
the way it was:

a cockeyed and hopeful
melding of greed and alcohol.

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The Wheel of Now & Then

I’m trying to put into words
how it feels to breathe
alongside the ocean and
consider all the change.

I’ve wandered, so long without discipline,
on a simple mission for truth.

To map out what’s boundless
and keep my head above the flood

of this unbelievable world
and in my deepest of hearts

I think it’s unlikely
I’ll ever know how it feels to be anchored.

You see my foundation is not
weight, but a storm. Sweet survival

and relentless tides, swaying
with incomprehensible gravity.

Tomorrow, I’ll discover why I was
wrong yesterday. I’ll feel shame
until nostalgia licks me all over
in the sheer warmth; that is
youth & discovery.

From the future, looking in

Somehow, the rain becomes a flood
and you, the trigger of the pulse
of my whimsical world
are muddled beneath the steady
cadence of rain drops + umbrellas.

i’m left to wonder
over the pyramid of time
when we lived, embraced
the rain with open eyes
and let it wash upon
our dirty and broken
young hearts.

forgive me, i’m trying
to treat an addiction that burns
with an impulse so strong
it once carried me like a parachute soldier
across the ocean, through farmlands,

into a cacaphonous and glorious muck. new orleans, where the passion is so endless

it’s frightening.

without you, i’m a ghost walking a tight rope.

a movie without a script,

free to stumble and fall

without consequence.

my grandma plays the ukulele

although she doesn’t yet know the strings,
she walks along the beach every morning
at seven o’clock sharp,
never looking for seashells,
always singing about the sun…

old toes barefoot on sand
in a crisply washed, fruity sundress
that billows like a kite

cheerfully anchored to the shore
with books of poetry
and index cards of homemade recipes
and fourty-minute phone calls with
strange aunts who live in Michigan

she cannot sing well but joins
the ukulele circle every morning
along the beach, and she’s taking lessons
starting this June to learn how to play,

but I swear, somehow she already knows
its sunny rhythm.