Posts Tagged ‘songs’

Belly Hums

January 29, 2010

I am grateful for the pictures flashing

between my ears when hearing what

plucks my gut strings.

.

i don’t have a lot of the strong or smart

or shrewd but maybe some part of

the good, I hope.


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Between the Risks

January 25, 2010

your six-string pickings are familiar like little red wagons

and white gravel drives or pedaling past barn skeletons

to Shirley’s grave in summer, self-taught on the few days left

to be young.

.

at fifteen I asked the nighttime forest to adopt me

into a broken clock religion of firefly rites

and boundless chapels housing windows shining

across midnight ceilings.  I was baptized

by the high sweet voices you gave me

and crucified the glaze on my eyes,

throat ringing harmony.

.

for years I could only love the things you loved

without hesitance, my heart was your heart

and it walked around outside me, burning

and humming strains of genius.

.

if there’s only room for one song when my

synapses are misfiring finally,

I want it to be yours:

.

d  a  b  g d

f#  g  a  d

c  d  g  b  d  g

a

Skeleton Key Signature

November 24, 2009

it’s not like magic, it’s like

all big real things

compressed into tiny discs

shut in lockets

around necks that

play songs from

skin-wrapped breastbones,

tones shake marrow, echo

off vessel walls and drive

animals to the hills.

humans hear and burn

their houses, feed their

daughters to coyotes,

bash their sons’ heads

in with bricks and scatter

bone-chunked fistfuls

all over the backyard

like carrion Easter

for vulture children.

Thanks For Lunch, Mom

November 12, 2009

Full on pizza and juice from concentrate
I hum rhythms from songs written by other people
At the kitchen table, thinking
Of a lemming future
That has something to do with kids and a white fence
I guess, I don’t know –
…honey, are you alright?