Learning to walk

That night I’m pretty sure when the barfly

took off her top

I said

I haven’t seen tits like that in 20 years.

The only reason

I’m not sure

is because those words, you would think

would be a mood killer.

What ever the case was

that was the truth

I had not seen tits like that in twenty years.

From that night forward

I no longer clinched my jaw so tight I got headaches.

I worked

I drank

I ate.

I fucked.

My headaches went away.

The beer flowed.

I raised hell

because I was good at it.

As If The Moon

I watched you go by

with all that you were

there before me

in the late night moon

you sat and looked up

as if the moon

had never been there before

the light shined down on you

holding the dark back

I watched you looking

as if you knew it all

and all that was dark

was in your control.



Shattered Glass

When I heard the news

I felt the sun in my heart

It wasn’t there to warm me

It burned a hole in my chest

When I heard the news

I laughed shattered glass

gasped under a thought I couldn’t grasp

And reached for the bottle

When I heard the news

Black and white print

of everything we were

turned yellow

where my ribs met

the weight collapsed

all that was good about the day.