staff of life

there’s a hospital bed a man is sleeping breathing harsh and loud a drip-o-meter is attached to his arm saline and anti- biotics from the other side prongs into the nose deliver oxygen the body is trying to decide ~ my kitchen flour and yeast and salt mix it up with water bread the staff … Continue reading staff of life

an uncertainty in silver

I grow old now in the ways that a man must grow old the aching of the spine the weakening of the eyes and the slow down that happens in the morning and happens again in the night it is harder to stand up as tall as I was once upon my prime as a … Continue reading an uncertainty in silver

a visit home

he wheezes a first outing into uncontrolled air and it exhausts him completely as though he has been laboring for hours his breath hoarsely stertorous verging on distressed he looks around everywhere the familiar home of fifty years is more than halfway to seeming a stranger his first beer after a week of hospitalization taken … Continue reading a visit home

can’t trust the rice

he is almost inarticulate in his fury almost desperate in his need to chastise her how many times have I said when you’re cooking you can’t you mustn’t do anything else how many times ~ well she said I thought both of you were right there surely you would know when the rice needed to … Continue reading can’t trust the rice

way poem #5: the five steps to wheaten pecks

he progresses five steps at a time to reach a wall a fence that he can lean on air that tastes so sweet is hard these days to come by a moment of rest till the gasps calm down to regular breathing then five steps more and five steps more again it’s important to keep … Continue reading way poem #5: the five steps to wheaten pecks