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They Toured 6th Street After Dark

They Toured 6th Street After Dark

November 19, 2017

One morning as tear gas ghosts waft from sobbing streets, A little boy huddles inside a car. The left door is missing.  The boy remembers Metal shrieking the previous night, and Flares and flashlight beams striking As carelessly as any fist. This overturned bulk had made like refuge After warm arms grew limp And cold.  But n...

Ellen Hoog Goes to the Circus with You

Ellen Hoog Goes to the Circus with You

November 17, 2017

Close the dike for the day And go fly a kite, but watch out, Ellen will kick you And the birds will lick you [cute]. Get ten cakes while you’re out, Eat them all in one day See a magic show- it’s amusing. Sit on your friend’s bed after and Eat some blueberries Drink a coke, pet a lamb, Maybe play burn ball Dial your mum o...

(A Bird) A Shadow

(A Bird) A Shadow

October 5, 2017

  I face outside through the grimy windows and ​wash away flakes of  food from the bowl  –  ​ The sun shines onto the silver of the faucet,  reflecting back light of the sun straight into ​my eyes  ​and the reflection doesn't hurt   like the sun did the times I looked ​straight at it – And as I ...

Invisible Colors

Invisible Colors

October 5, 2017

When will I get to work? When will it all comes w/ ease? Can you be both passive and active? Will I regret all the times I've popped my bones? Will I ever be able to walk passed a group of black men on the street without feeling nervous,                then ashamed?               Will they ever been se...

Taking the Road Less Traveled

Taking the Road Less Traveled

October 5, 2017

"The Road Less Traveled" by Robert Frost Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;   Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and ...

bugs, birds, buildings

bugs, birds, buildings

April 27, 2017

intricately designed in small places; of one mind   whistling different notes; sing the same song   set apart; a part of one purpose  

Words I Never Said

Words I Never Said

April 23, 2017

My head throbs as I wipe away my tears Those restless words just echoing in my head As I fall to my knees I wonder why I am here And this pain I feel, because of something I never said   How do I tell your or make you see After apologizing for a crime I did not commit That I would not say something...

Great Wall

Great Wall

April 4, 2017

There's this great big wall Made of farmer's bricks. And it's thousands of miles long- but I could walk the whole thing, if it meant I could drink hot tea with those two everyday. There's this great giant wall made of painful attempts at protection. And it's hundreds of feet high- but I could climb the whole thing,...

A Stone in a Glass of Wine

A Stone in a Glass of Wine

March 28, 2017

passing away what do you get out of it? when will I get out of it?   a foot sinking into the ground a sock soaked w/ water the green towel drys off liquid needles it molds the locks   no one's told you why the alarm bell rings?   do you have a minute – wait never mind   I...

Paradise

Paradise

March 5, 2017

Gray. Nothing but dull gray. No color.  No sound.  No brightness or life. Just Gray.   It is the color of nothing. Bleak and Cold. A color for mind-numbing.   There is no sound here. Just a deafening silence, That puts a buzz in my ear.   There is no brightness. No beautiful...

Thanks I Guess

Thanks I Guess

February 28, 2017

there's not much to do here. after a day or two i get pretty bored – sometimes kind of lonely. but i'm not really alone. i've got bukowski for company. though it's always the same old same old with him.   it's easy to get tired of reading poem after poem about:   classical...

I’ll Punch You if You Screen Shot Me Again

I’ll Punch You if You Screen Shot Me Again

February 15, 2017

"Hey, snap me, wouldya?" My grandma peeped over my shoulder, and read my text message. She asked me what that even meant. I told her not to worry too much about it- it was just kid stuff. *snap* - here's a picture of this pizza that I am about to smash. *snap* - here's a picture of this couch I am about to take...