Four Alarm Firefly

A stranger assimilating in daylight
I don't recognize my home
Only seven years gone and
the place resembles a commercial
for an online dating site
Dry and soulless

So I sip star-dust and stare
through the splintered pane
into the night noir
within the warm embrace
of thy blue electric blanket
for lack of a female body

Rotting Vegetable in the Fruit Belt

Mind adrift

Visionary waves so vast

Confined to small spaces

Like watching clouds crawl

Across the sky

Through a broken mirror lying

Against an aging fence

In the city’s eastside

Moment to moment

A glimpse of radiance rolls in

And out of neglected landscapes

And dreams deceived


Unleash the Hound!


"King Priam was first to note him as he scoured the plain,
all radiant as the star which men call Orion's Hound,
and whose beams blaze forth in time of harvest more brilliantly
than those of any other that shines by night; brightest 
of them all though he be, he yet bodes ill for mortals,
for he brings fire and fever in his train-
even so did Achilles' armor gleam on his breast
as he sped onwards."

Homer- The Iliad; Book XXII

Deaf to the growls 
of Orion's Hound, we prey
for extinction, we pray
for distinction, in a world
acting for so long
chameleons colored mannequin
and man's a double-crossing snake
slithering through salted cracks
in someone else's nightmare
unable to awaken, choking
red dust and debris knee-deep
a world dead on their feet
still asleep