Insanity Maybe

We sat next to one another at the shrink’s office; the old codger was sneezing his grey head off; a bless you was granted each and every time….. At home, the prune said, I sneeze once and my wife says bless you, a smile exposing a blank mouth…. That a fact, I said, what’d you […]

Bipolar to Go

He stood over me, looking at bottles of pills; Seroquel, Trazodone, Depakote, lined up on the Mickey D’s table next to the dollar joe  with Taylor Dayne belting out I just want to be your lover girl over the speakers; loud, loud, loud; the volume is never high enough amongst the poor….. Man, one grey […]

1st Avenue by Bellevue

Man….what’s showin my pipi to dat kid back ’98 got ta do with anything?….it’s not like I put it in da motherfucker’s mouth now is it? he paused, cellphone clutched to his ear, Right, the crinkled wrinkled black man stammered inbetween sips from a clear pint, naw man….it’s some racist bullshit…..I’m sayin dat da motherfucker […]

Lenny in Hell

(Based on Lenny from Harold Pinter’s, The Homecoming) Through the steam….I see ya….bunch of Nancys eyeing me…..givin me the look of a fat man at a Christmas goose… Stop with the lookin…..ya wanna show ya old puffter?…..aye……a show…..a real show ya can tell all the mates back at the pub bout…. No difference to me…..I […]

Another Paycheck

Money comes after long stretches of time…..days….weeks…months….you get the picture….. Then…. in one twist of the knob…..a touch upon a dial pad…..a debit card swiped…  it’s gone…… as if it never was…and no…..you cannot have seconds… And people walk by signs held by squatting hawkers whose last dimes were spent in bathroom stalls at The […]

Americanized Korma

Hip music played while pretty boys in black brought water and pushed the naan…..white table cloths and a fully stocked bar of bitters and Bombay gin in misty glass….this is civilized…… American couples of different colors texted during dinner while Purusha voiced what needed to be said: this is not Korma….. There is no flavor…..no […]

STOP…….PLEASE……STOP

Too much…too….too…much…. There is no escape…..a forced noise in coffee shops, bars, grocery stores, diners, churches, hideaways, homeless shelters, Pilates classes, libraries…..Stop…please….stop… No peace….no stillness…..just loudness twenty-four hours a day……everywhere…..New York…Chicago…..St. Louis…..Wichita…Patterson……Akron…..Harmony Grove….will it ever stop…… The celebration of nothing…. simply alone….. yourself and silence……uninterrupted silence….here’s to zero…. No speeches…..no off kilter notes….no unwanted occurrences…nothing […]