Naked

I’ve been out in the cold Naked Not knowing the forecast Waiting for sun Waiting And I know the sting of the wind Face ruddy Body beaten Where’s my overcoat The one I had as a kid It buttoned up Protected me And now I am naked I will always be naked Truth is a […]

All He Wished For

he kept to himself…real quiet like…didn’t talk to anyone…didn’t even own a phone…just kind of watched as the world went by…kids playing in leaves…dogs walking their owners…jacked up pickup trucks cruising down the street…a motorcycle with a fat broad’s arms wrapped ’round leather…he would just watch… and the only thing that changed were the seasons…winter’s […]

autumnal morn (Fort Wayne 2019)

looking out at trees which are now nearly empty…few colors remain…rust and golds clinging to limbs by old Saint Pat’s…making me wish my soul was saved… and on the ground grass is still green…leaves in piles by Saigon…an Asian sweeps the sidewalk…I wish him good morning in English…he nods and smiles…nods and smiles… the air […]

And He Was Gone

He sat there…lookin’ right at him…starin’ at him…tryin’ to place him…where’d he seen him before…maybe down at Donny’s over on Broadway…or…BJ’s Pub a little further down the road…hard to say…definitely didn’t see him at The Rock…not the type…he looked wild…but he didn’t look that wild…had this way ’bout him…couldn’t figure him out…some kind of calmness […]

On A Greyhound

Small towns along Highway 31…North Liberty…South Bend…Mishawaka…American flags blowin’ in an autumnal breeze…signs for Plymouth…Indianapolis…and the cones lead us down the road… Exit here for Steak and Shake…Texas Roadhouse…shopping center suburban nightmares…driving into the night…there’s always a McDonald’s within reach…where parents deliver Happy Meals to unhappy children…worn out from the road…soon they’ll be home to […]

snapshot

He sat and watched the rain fall…glistening in the autumnal reds and golds of oaks and maples…everything was wet…dripping like honey off a spoon…it reminded him of past Falls…of romances during the months of October and November…walking down paths in the woods with leaves at their feet and mud clinging to the bottoms of boots…not […]

The Trailer

They shared a trailer out on the West side of town…it was rusting at the top…no gutters on it…had a step missing on the front stoop…busted in the middle with splinters standing up…never got around to fixing it…just let it be… The trailer had been in the family for years…his mom and dad had it…bought […]