The reason for writing will come.
Birds will peck at the lime outside your door.
The solid gray density of fall along the coast
will someday make summer again.
Just rest, you've earned it.
There's no way to repeat those moments
on the stage, or out on the desert with the girl
you so much loved. The desert is still there.
Thanks To The Academy
There's this little towhead kid who
believes in Roy Rogers and doesn't know how damaged
he is. That would come later. That would come after
the Easter egg hunts and dances in garages with
other naked boys, swim trunks hung like flags
from their stiff little members.
So As Not To Starve
Laugh laugh laugh, I did it.
Cough cough cough, I can't speak.
I was born to think and write, to look
the world askance. But the system
wanted me to sell.
This is not my game, this bout of commerce--
something I was given but attempted to avoid.
I didn't eat for years because food in the city takes
money: I got hungry. Then, instead of leaving, I ate.
Tapatio Leaves A Mellow Tingle In Your Mouth
I sat on the sugary sand, eating my Chronic taco.
Onions, pico, a dollop of guacamole with warm carnitas
stewed in a delicate juice. It smelled like Tijuana and
ate like a pocket of Paradise: the corn, the juice,
the mashed avocado - delicious!
The sun was warm but muted through clouds, much
like the jellied ultrasound probing my crotch at 8:00
in the morning. "Cancer?" I'd thought on the table.
"No, not cancer. Not now."
The hillock of ice plant was speckled with purple flowers
earning their tough living on the sand. Petals had opened
to show golden centers for hovering bees. My face
was a golden center; my body a purple petal.
And oh, the Tapatio tasted good.
One Comes To Understand
I lectured on the feeling of being
closer to death than to birth.
They, being young, nodded yes
Time played its gentle discipline,
enforcing its irreducible rhythm
even on what I spoke, even on
what I wrote.
The moment was tasty,
How could I tell them
time itself is the feast.
Lance Rocks: Tapping Out The Hours
Part of the PoetryCircle Showcase series.
I happened upon these by accident and returned looking for them. These are really good Lance! Every one of the collection has something to offer. I am not sure which one I like the best, I suppose "One Comes To Understand." And the Tapatio poem makes it all sound sooo good.
I've been away from Poetrycircle for a while, giving my brain a rest, so I was attracted to the first poem very much. Got it.
The other poems are an unexpected bonus. I've read some of them before, but it reminds me what a seasoned poet you are.
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