Friday, June 30, 2006

welcome!
the hotel sign
at dusk

Thursday, June 29, 2006

eggs sizzle . . .
the yellow circles
around the waitress' eyes

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

william

we take our slingshots and shoot rocks at nearby trailers; the loud thud meant we were doing our job right. after hours of destruction, tired arms and wrists, and yelling neighbors of spanish tongue, we retire out slingshots to our back pockets and head back home.

"i'll give you this nolan ryan for your barry bonds card," william says, his light blue eyes eager for a trade. i give it thought but decline. william drops his head toward the ground as he fumbles with his possessions. "i'll trade you slingshots," i say. however, i knew his slingshot was cheap. "okay, but lets go get those trailers we missed," william shouts.

as we both walk around looking for rocks, william tells me i'm his best friend. i smile as i watch william pull back his new slingshot to test its strength. "we'll always be together, dustin," william says, putting his arm around my shoulder.

family reunion—
a relative hands me
the obituary

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

"hallelujah!"

the summer lake roles over my toes. i role my blue jeans up. the heat strikes my brow; sweat pours down my face. i take her by the hand, drift slowly into the mossy waters, waist deep, boat waves hit our chests. somewhere in the midst of thunderous claps and splashing water i hear her mother shout, "hallelujah!"

church construction . . .
a noon drizzle
baptizes the frame

Monday, June 26, 2006

cathedral bells!
the jingle of coins
in my pocket

Sunday, June 25, 2006

four o'clock am
the waitress' loneliness
in me

Saturday, June 24, 2006

starless sky—
the waffle house cook's toothless
smile

Friday, June 23, 2006

movie
credits
roll
a
boy
zips
up
his
pants

Thursday, June 22, 2006

solstice
a segall fades into
the cloud's peak

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

spring poem
unfinished—
summer deepens

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

my eggs
sunny-side down—
first day of summer

Monday, June 19, 2006

early morning . . .
the osculating fan silences
birdsong

Sunday, June 18, 2006

a cigarette burning
moments before the filter—
summer sunset

Saturday, June 17, 2006

..............clouds
........then
smoke

Friday, June 16, 2006

Davy Crockett National Forest

The Davy Crockett National Forest, dark and unknown to my youth, opens her limbs to my hunting travels. The waking birds greet me with each step I take behind my grandfather, deeper and deeper into the pines. The scent of unknown wildlife enters my nose with each heavy breath I take in. I see no deer as the woods light up slowly. However, I don't go unnoticed this morning.

distant snort
after each stomp,
foggy sunrise

Thursday, June 15, 2006

my last quarter
in the jukebox—
summer moon

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

sapling
facing the aged
pines

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

moonlit field . . .
.....a lightning bug
..........rounds second

Monday, June 12, 2006

campfire . . .
a toy soldier's gun
lowered

Sunday, June 11, 2006

half-lotus . . .
the dead spider
still there

Saturday, June 10, 2006

"Muy Bueno!"

In Mexico I enrolled into a language school; a whole month of verb conjugations, spelling tests, and a slew of Spanish-only dialogue sessions. I didn't understand half of what my host family said, but they understood me when I nibbled my food and belted "muy bueno!"

I waited all month for Mexican food. I got stuck eating Ramen noodles every day, the ten cent meal I grew up on. The first week I grabbed a bite on the way to school at the local taco stands, but after constant stomach problems I settled for convenient store junk food and coke. "Muy bueno," I said to the store owner after each purchase. I somehow managed to survive the long month of malnutrition and lack of English conversation.

rainy airport—
pretzel crumbs
shower into the aisle

Friday, June 09, 2006

lights go out
in a baseball stadium
one by one
like the fireflies
in a child's jar

Thursday, June 08, 2006

traffic light
before turning red—
dusk

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

bible tract
mosquito's blood
stains the cross

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

in between poems
..........an email from mother—
..........................re: hurricane season

Monday, June 05, 2006

sudden rain . . .
the professor's head covered
with lecture notes

Sunday, June 04, 2006

streetlight—
a stray dog pacing
with the prostitute

Saturday, June 03, 2006

the church marquee:
......letters
...........drift
...............away

Friday, June 02, 2006

summer sunrise—
grandpa tiller collects
his sweat

Thursday, June 01, 2006

morning dew—
grandpa pours
expired milk