Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"Sixty-Two Drowned Vikings"

Two ships sailed west to Sussex-
Invaders ready to spill English blood.
Shades of color glinted off
The razored blades of well-used swords
Axes and maces bound in fierce leathers.

Sixty-two wives bathe in the shallows of
Tanagra Kin, singing the battle-song rent
Like linens from the halls of Valhalla with defiance.
These accidental widows invoke their Gods
Odin, Thor, Freya with the certainty of nuclear strategists.

Seven leagues off the English coast
Spouts a squall from the God called I Am.
Viking armor and amour both descend
With equal speed in the murky North Sea depths.
No horn blown triumph of fields reeking English blood.

Sixty-two she-cuckolds receive the King's permission
To serve as shield maidens anew in hurried raids
(Avenge disastrous lost sons of Odin.)
Women singing the secret blood song as
English Bards and Knights fall in heaps before them.

Sixty-two warrior women return to their homeland-
English hands, feet and heads they bury in
Plantings, shriven with prayers to their Gods
For forgiveness, glory, and honor-
Remembering men now turned to garden sausage.

Monday, April 21, 2014

"Cemetery Lights"

Cellar knocker on my door.
Lost at sea or lost at shore?
No one knows who went before…

You going home tonight Julee?
Ready to cruise fell backroads
Of love, hate, regret and rebate?
Help me couch our twilight load?

I arrive, the we that is me.
Can you hear Lil Wayne do Milli?
Feel Kevin Rudolph on 105.3?
I play the play you wrote, silly!

Floating stiletto follows me,
Seven days since the captivity.
The pointed prick demands your blood-
It flows alone, muted crimson flood.

Your phone vibrates, why its Josh-
Calling you in the keepsake box!
Pity the fools that let you slip away
They plant pretty lights on your grave today.

A nice mix, 373
Cemetery lights adorn your plot.
Your burnished tinny land-bound yacht
Silently sailing this harbor of the dead.

Cemetery lights glow ghostly shapes,
Hummingbirds, butterflies, dragon drakes,
I placed one there among the throng;
Dolphin/dagger, blue like your thong.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"This Mortal Coil of Struggle"

Credit to The Bard for use of Mortal Coil phraseology~

My cat doesn't ponder
It's next meal while devouring
The supper I give it, or which he
Pounces upon, unawares.

The birds of Spring don't
Worry about staying warm the
Next Winter, or how to stay
Dry during coming days of rain.

Even the cursed snakes do not
Appear to be overly concerned
Whether today my heal may grind
The life out of there scaly bellies.

Them comes man, the lord of illusion,
Soul-blessed, and saved from perdition-
Scarcely does his eye blink unburdened
With questions of the future & the past.

-Clown chorus-
We shall be happy tomorrow,
We shall be happy then,
We forgot how to be happy,
And shall never be again.

Meanwhile the cat sleeps,
The bird nests snugly,
The snake does whatever contented snakes do-
While we rue, and rue, and rue.