The Abyss

No more of this…..asleep with an eye akimbo….free porn streamed til wee hours….not a dry cot in the joint….. To lie awake….to walk a somnombulist stroll each morn…..for what….to encounter yet another night in the trenches…. Board a bus again…..go to a land west…..seeking warmth….seeking something…..always seeking something….. What is it…..why is it?…..wanderer’s blues…..to tread […]

Poker Faced

Served coffee at a Euro joint downtown….lattes, espressos, Al Pacinos, frothed, creamed, sipped and sucked all day long to Midtown mogul midgets….light airy muzak playing to sophisticated playful palates pouncing at the bit…..”Get a load of this broad,”……that language wouldn’t go in this lizard lounge…. The bottles lined the wall….cleaned glass…..rods of steel dividing whiskeys […]

Waiting

Waiting on an end…..maybe beginning….don’t know… Perhaps not waiting at all….just being still….without movement….. Can you move?….take steps…. Have to wait…. For what? For word….permission… What a fine fix…. Yes….a fine fix indeed….

Here’s Sammy

Is anyone smarter than Samuel Beckett?….not Joyce…..not Eliot….wandering in The Wasteland….their’s was genius too…not a Beckett…..not a Beckett…. Does today’s reader even attempt a writer of Beckett’s range….mastery of language….today’s readers find themselves in quaqua…..and that voice shall not be found…. It is the tech saavy world…..it is the non-reading ungraspable planet of wasted youth […]

Drizzled Greens

These people…..they say….talk of class issues in America….nothing could be further from the truth, the Episcopalian’s Attorney told me….a swig of red……a Nouveau Riche sandwich before him…..dressed in Mesclun..frisee…..a hint of purple…… Now Europe…..that’s a class structure…..Not America, he dabbed thin lips…. I suppose you want a sandwich too…..aye? Naaaa…..fine….. One works….one eats….. Yes….yes…..but….what makes […]

Flatiron

Sitting in  Greek joint…..too clean….too hip….No-one dares to yell Opppppaaaaaahhhhh….. Cool couple orders gyros….without onions….. Green Day plays over speakers…. The American mall manifestation is complete…. I give-up….

A Letter From America

Sitting in an Irish bar….not so Irish….as muzak plays today’s pop hits and out-of-towners marvel at baked Scotch eggs (fry the fuckers). Guiness is $8.50….mixed….market price….it’s the eye of Manhattan and all bets are off…..call it what you want…it’s America’s finest hour….Chelsea vs. Manny U….Barry White can’t get enough of your love babe…. Framed football […]

A Good Day

Saw her comin’ from two blocks away…..nice smile….high stems….this…was a good day….. Walked past….past a little more…..on down the block…. Could I…..should I?….what the hell, Hey Stems…..I been homeless for five years and today they gave me a place to live…..uh….how’s ’bout a kiss to celebrate….. And like the Breck Girl she slowly whirled around…made […]

Chagrin Falls, Ohio

The first few notes of Billy Strayhorn’s Lush Life played softly while seated in a high wing-back chair…feet covered in wool….hot-chocolate for kids…come in from a day of throwing snowballs and sledding down a hill….seemed like Mount Everest… Wild-eyed youth….laughing in the kitchen where a young mom dashes dark heat with fluffy clouds floating atop…black […]

Tight Spot

Look….what you sayin’?….you bein’ disrespectful an’ shit an’ whatnot….. Yes…..and sure…..yes… So you do be bein’ dissin’ me an’ shit…..yoyoyoyoyo….check dis out…you ain’t got no final say…dat be true motherfucker. …..dat much be true….. Yes……..and sure……yes….. Damn straight…. Yes……and…… Dats right…dats motherfuckin right….Yo….bess be movin’ on…. Yes……and sure…..yes…. Done bitch……