breezes (20171024)

not so much voice
as brute force
this dry santa ana
sandblasting smooth edges
off a dead man’s curves
pitting and chipping away
at softness
whatever softness we have left

dust scratches the throat
under the lids when the eyes shut
the eyes of the dead will itch forever
with copper keeping them blind

don’t forget to tip
the ferryman so
when it’s my time to cross
if i have to hang out in hell
at least i won’t be stacking stones
to build a stairway
out of my own prayers

i’ll teach him
to build a sail
and he can lay down his oar
put his hand to his ear
and prognosticate
the direction of the wind

Poem 20150225

in fall
the leaves explode with color
and then fade
and fade
fade
becoming dry
becoming dryness
cracking underfoot

and in fall
the sky changes from the summer blue
to wisps of cloud
and then gray
and gray
gray
until the blue sky
is a memory