Daytime Moon

1)

An explosion rocked no one

but a few birds were left shaken;

she slipped out of her skin

and left it for him,

another piece gone but not missing.

2)

A ship somewhere is lost

with only soggy embers

falling in the eyes of fish

and he folds himself into a square

hoping to fit into what’s expected

because nobody wants the dreamer

to take the lead.

3)

A sliver of salvation

grabs hold of them by the wrist

but it’s a tenuous connection,

undone and redone

until the idea of being saved

is as redundant as a daytime moon.

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When we left summer

Melting pavement

disappeared

as we flew.

The laughter

was lost

to trade winds

that carried us

beyond the known.

 

Those were days

of tangy warmth,

fresh and swollen

and full of mirth.

Love is a battlefield (valley of the aging valley girls)

They seemed so cool

with their ragged clothing

artfully draped on anemic shoulders,

disaffected expressions even in the face of joy.

They may have been thinking of how good

it was back in the day, basking in sun

and boiling like lobsters – in a sexy way

and how with enough Aquanet and eyeliner,

they ruled a little part of the world

30 years ago.

Or they may have been wondering

what Camus meant by ‘I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world…’

They may have just been as blank as they looked.

I envied their lack of irony,

looking like refugees from a Pat Benatar video

while stuffing themselves

into their daughters’ pants, heralding the fall

of grace in a world that valued artifice over art.

I loathed them because now

I had that song stuck in my head,

complete with choreography.

Hungry Pavement

His dress reached just above the knee

and he wobbled in heels as though

the tide had gone out

 

The lush landscape

next to the highway

was a mocking tribute

to a youthful hope

 

He shifted his handbag

as his slip peeked out to brush

his oily, gnarled knees

 

Llamas and cows grazed

while passersby absently waved

as if in communion

with a lost nature

 

He wasn’t sure where he was going

but his lipstick was on point

and his wig blew gently in the breeze

 

It’s going to be ok,

the air seems to puff out

in a kind of morse code

and it’s nice, even if it’s a lie.

The night whenever possible

Between the Chagall and heaving breasts

were words about the moon,

replete with sparkly imagery and

notions of green hidden behind

summer shadows.

From just inside the door, I could see

both gauzey clouds over the hills

and shellacked parquet in the hall

and oh I wanted to dance…

It’s not a matter of choosing

but trying a little of everything

and blending with night when possible.