Joan Miro, 4/20/1893 to 12/25/1983

We were born.
Butterflies of frost
a startled night
the crickets
didn't sing


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Sometimes, under large oranges discs

when her distant face makes endless, sad ooooo’s,

the moon sings in pools of harmonica nights,

sad notes

wound around sinuous pickets of silence


light beams,

stragglers, fallen here when you left,


the lights of the inner valley realize

they can do nothing about it,

shrug in their brilliant simmering


and then I, for a moment,

allow myself you … a cool glass

of what I nearly had


in this motionless place

earthy darkness, a honey-sweet moon

glides its silver, strumming

along rememberance


and that soft brush of life

hums a nearly perfect pitch

almost harmonious

heavy with nights berries and

tentative, blue music


unheard but felt,

a tantalizing wisp

a quick firefly spark of

another life, now gone


into this breathing darkness

only faint tones,


a distant window

slams shut on someone’s

jealously guarded dream


whose tiny pieces could waft

long feathered tails, wrap around

a subconscious clothesline and

flap slowy, softly

like sheets drying hazy cotton

of the past and

I listen


can hear their moths

treading this illusion of light and



and somewhere in there is

that place where I can find you,

a telephone man who played harmonica

and was nearly my dad


and if you failed to love me,

what was love anyways?

little more than a barren twig that shuddered

in your winter or mine ….


Or maybe it was even the

slowly spelled words

of a large, orange moon when

suddenly I know


that you will certainly appear,

smiling that guilty, careless radiance,

white doves that forgive the wind


yes, gone, but only because

you’ve been stringing

phone lines into empty space

(all these years!  Just for me!)


and on a special receiver

concocted with the fire of stars,

we will begin


to hear

the luminous voice of the moon


finally able to tell us

just what he’s been trying to spell

all these years.


I see pennies, pennies on the ground all around.

And I see people, homeless people hugging the sacred ground,

Holy as the water makes sound, holy as the green ground.

I see deep in the hungered eyes, as the water draws miracles

In a cup, the flies are cold as winter as summer sups.

And hunger quakes the bowels like terror shredding terror’s claws.

You gave me meat when two men walked in front of their nose, 

when two men walk a hard, hard road, the least of them my brother.

You were a stranger in a kingdom of friends, and the Lord of the mansion

Took me in, naked and he clothed me with what I will be,

Sick and the King visited me, his hands are flowers day and night,

You captured your prison in Self, and the rest of the World

Dug up your roots and burned your bridges with your cross –

And You came unto me.

The young face the young and blame the old men in their house,

They see pennies on the ground, pennies all around,

And their knees never humble – know no King.

  John Amato
Isaiah 55:11


My House

I was locked in a wave of time,

a wild finger

beckoned, and I knew to

whom it called

all around me,

its dazed eye towards Jupiter,

the house turns slowly on

its thickened stem of events,

plans of well seasoned pollen

which, nonetheless, will scatter

into the canyon wind,

probably at night

while I sleep

this furrowed place contemplates

its eventual demise,

angels walk right out of

chiseled stone statues,

the crystal shatters

spilling adjectives among

the asters,

and seeds of yesterday's light

which always defy explanation

why you were always gone,

but the thought withers among

nouns, socks, and a phone ringing,

perennial sounds while

light beats its sweet way

into wings upward

scattered among

the faucet's steady drip

meandering to the canal,

to the river,

to the sea

to the green depths

of some
         November or December,

when you won't return,

when days will gently fold

around the hour

where we

will end

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

behind the ice

Florida rocks slowly

on its wooden veranda

palms fanning

the rooms of rain and


doors open to stars

to catch a breeze, peninsula

like a moon's bracelet

wrapped in humid light,

he was always here 


sightless fog leans and listens,

the pillars of darkness

marked with crickets


the essence is restless

pierced with bright shafts of solitary sound

its violins, deep water drums and

banyons like blind spiders

slowly tap the sand, feeling their

way, like us


tree frogs add little thoughts

to a night mad with sound,

the wind building sand castles

shattered into gulls, beams,

shells strewn below the magnetic moon

clutching its southern cross,

a beautiful disorder


like us, like our ghosts moving through

the stars spilled llike pearls and

the clouds a canopy

fanned with watermarks. 

7:57 pm edt 

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