Thursday, December 18, 2014


Of course he cheats,
but exactly how
I haven’t quite figured out.
Unless it’s by distraction,
‘cuz I’m not really sure
if that beautiful harlot
standing behind him
is real or merely an illusion.

He’s ordered the raucous music
turned up high
and the lights
turned down low,
so it’s rather dark in here,
with demon’s eyes glittering
all around me,
and the carpet squishing and slithering
beneath my feet,
and there’s an awful stench
of cigarette smoke.
Or maybe it’s sulphur.

There he goes again . . .
Shoots every ball into a pocket
without missing once.

“Rack ‘em up!” he barks.
“And I’ll give you another chance.”

What’s the use, I mutter.
But I break anyway,
and the eight ball
goes straight into the left corner pocket.

“You lose!” he screeches,
with a wicked gloat in his eyes.

Curse my damn luck, I mutter.
And the hooker cracks up.
Her cackling
makes my skin crawl.

Then, some demon racks up again,

and the cue stick in my hands catches fire.


 They try to hide among the tiger lilies.
Good choice for an orange tabby.
I see their blinking eyes among the zinnias.
Or are they winking at me?
What sort of game is this?
A white cat crouches amid the narcissus,
But where does a black cat hide?
In the shadows.
He waits and watches,
Like a Bengal tiger.

And there he is,
The prince of pussycats,
As black as night,
Slinking his way through silky grass,
Down on his belly,
Then pouncing on some imaginary foe.
Up he springs,
Struting proudly
With his usual feline grace,
Strides along in regal possession.
And with one gravity-defying leap,
He’s bounded to the top of the wall,
Makes his exit like a tightrope walker,
Tail aloft,
And, without so much as a backward glance,
He vanishes,

Leaving the garden to his lesser brothers.


The thought of the sweet radiance of your eyes
brings tears to mine and transports my soul
to regions unfathomed and unknown.

How do you know the secret magic that stirs my soul?
Did you learn it from a sorceress?
Or was your mother a goddess, your father a mere mortal?

Surely, you’ve been endowed by some high power
with a celestial fire, with something divine
granted only to those who can be trusted
with the secrets of the gods.

When I behold this in you I am more than a little in awe,
But I am resolved to remain silent
And let you wonder if you truly are my muse

Friday, October 10, 2014


I lie awake, listening to your breath,
Your hair, a dark tangled mystery upon the pillow.

Asleep, you are heavily fragrant with your own perfume,
A challenge to the scent of lilacs and laurel,
Wafting in at the open window.

The flowers from the garden, too,
Steal into our sacred chamber,
Striving to overcome your aromatic loveliness.
And farther away, the Wind harps through pines and maples,
gusts across meadow and river,
offers their weakened scents to me.

More potent are you.
Out of your limbs, your breast, belly, thighs
An incense rises up,
Calling my spirit to worship, arousing my senses to love.

You are an angel of ambrosia,
Divinely fragrant,
A match for the food of the gods.
But I dare not say that aloud
For the moon goddess will hear
And Leto, in a jealous rage,
Will turn you to stone
Or steal your heavenly odor,
Put it in a bottle and cast it into the sea.

But if I breathe your ambrosia deeply enough,
Will I become immortal?
Perhaps not, but my poem may live forever,
Infused with the exhalation of the Earth,

That is to say, with you.

Saturday, October 4, 2014


Your body has ripened into the season of apples,
and I go to the orchard in a state of high excitement,
ready to pluck your sensuous fruit.

My lips and tongue explore your fragrant skin,
my teeth first nibble at the red jacket,
then sink deeply into your downy pulp,
leaving their sacred marks in your sweet flesh.

The forbidden apples,
the apples of knowledge,
quite, quite forbidden.
(How one longs to know them!)

O, how exquisitely delicious you are,
smoother than honey,
more succulent than the grape,
as intoxicating as blossoming roses.

Can you blame my passion for your apples?

Monday, July 28, 2014


What pleasure do you get from tormenting me with kisses?
Ah, but I wish I could caress you like the wind.
How I long to fall upon you like the rain.
Like Puck I would anoint your eyes with the juice of a flower
so that waking you would look upon me and pity my suffering.

Naked, I go in and out of meadows
searching for the blossom that took Cupid’s arrow.
I bring you all the flowers I can gather
but none of them seem to work the magic I desire.

Next, I burrow deep in the belly of the Earth
to dig out the precious stones,
but even these leave you cold to my embraces.

So, instead of catching starlight in a crystal,
I will tickle you with a peacock feather,
I will stroke your belly with a rose,
I will shower you with lilac blossoms,
I will spread the nectar of honeysuckle over your breasts,
I will rub the pollen from a thousand wild orchids
over the finely polished marble of your flesh.

My passion will overthrow your resistance
as I take you rapturously in my arms.
My hands will slide over your belly and your breasts,
I will envelop you like a storm cloud

and come down upon you like the lightning.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Prior to the dawning of the internet age writers usually found other writers in those culturally rich urban locales known then as the Bohemian underground. This subterranean literary landscape also included small theatres for new plays, cafes that hosted readings, and independent bookstores such as Gotham’s in New York, City Lights in San Francisco, and Shakespeare & Company in Paris.  Every major metropolis the world over had a bohemian underground. Many smaller cities followed their lead. Urban Bohemia was a hotbed of creative fertility. Poets, playwrights, painters, musicians, philosophers, and hipsters would rub elbows as well as opinions. All the friction of conflicting ideas and ideologies stirred up the fires of creativity. The shift to electronic culture over the last 10 years has nearly wiped out the old Urban Bohemia. But the human spirit hungers for contact and community, and artists more so than others, perhaps, and so we now have the emergence of a New Bohemia via the internet.