Monthly Archives: May 2011

This Is Just To Say

after W.C. Williams

This is just to say
I’m sorry I took so long
to get to your house.

I figured I would take
half an hour tops
doing the usual—

showering, scrubbing, shaving,
and all that good stuff.

Once I got out of the shower
I stared at myself in the mirror, naked…

Let’s just say
I didn’t enjoy what I was looking at
and assumed you wouldn’t either.

The hair would have to go.

So I started
the terribly time consuming task
of getting rid of all that hair.

Making my balls
as smooth as eggs
just the way you like them.

(originally published in Origami Condom c. 2006 or 2007.)

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To a Friend on Her Birthday

I’ve searched and searched
for the right present for you—

I’ve asked the birds to sing
a different tune for you

I begged the roses and lilies and orchids
to wake from their sleep

but they continue to mourn
the ones lost in recent floods

—so they won’t do
as these words won’t come out
of the clouds

now that I’ve tried making them
into an endless necklace
of stones and flowers

but the colors and weight were off

—I tried to form
little bracelets

tho it seems I’ve forgotten
how to weave them
into something simple
& pretty

—something light for you
to wear & warm yer white wrists
as the sun

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