Bird Mob

So, I was eating lunch down at Lake Union near where I worked. There’s a little park, Waterway 15, right next to Ivar’s there. It’s a narrow little park sloping directly down to the water where there’s a spot to launch a kayak or canoe, and a few benches to look out at the lake….

United

I’m on the 3 heading up James. It’s real steep and we are fully loaded, standing room only. It’s rush hour on a hot summer Thursday afternoon in Seattle. James goes straight up a steep grade under I-5 toward Boren Ave with a stop light and heavy cross traffic at each intersection. The bus is…

Alone

Go home after the party alone to empty bed Covers pushed back bare sheets wrinkled                     Basho: the old verse can be about willows                     Haikai requires crows picking snails in a rice paddy Not this world’s…

Why Walmart Paid for my Knee

I was working at a large discount store known for it’s low prices, low wages and low tolerance for union organizing. I was newly separated and needed a part-time job to help with the bills and child support. A job that I could work nights and weekends for the extra cash. Alright, fine, it was…

Drinking Alone

Sitting in my car in the employee lot at work, five am under one of two tall lights listening to A Ghost Is Born                     My car alone tucked in next to a squarely hedged viburnum Rain spits and splatters shadows cast from my windshield A…

Ruin

                              What new element before us unborn in Nature? Is there                               a new thing under the sun?                  …

The Bear

In our tent (at Bear Lake of all places) six miles in, second night, reading lamp off for half-hour or so A nosy scratching on the flap at our feet.                     —Squirrel?                     —Raccoon? Then, I hear…

Lookie Thing

  a boy finds a lookie thing on the side of the road in the ditch by the stream where his dented cans float off to the river it has a vision inside sleepy eyes and relaxed pose naked breasts full exposed and he keeps it alone a boy finds a lookie thing and keeps…

Denver South Broadway ’98

Broadway cruised topless by balding Mercedes 50 year-olds Broadway lined with used bookstores tattoos Kitty’s cheap sex The Mayan Theater used everything and paper litter on the street and me alone walking South Broadway Broadway art and galleries Body Meat Broadway home of $1.49 greasy breakfast diner with thin old speckled coffee At counter notch-toothed…

Maple Flats Notebook 2

Dewy maple leaf drops tap tent. I hear a call and answer from opposite sides of property, synthesizer bird Mike says. Off the ridge stepping over down wood through fresh moist soil the rotting limbs and pale yellow wet leaves to an old stone foundation and rusted wheel or tool, maybe pulled behind mules and…