Stories tagged poetry

The Museum of Inner Light

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On the way to The Museum of Inner Light Expect delays Expect bumps in the road Expect potholes and such Expect a murder of crows Rolling acorns over the rooftops But what I want to know is who Who eats a butterfly On the way to

Excuse Me, There’s Some Suspicious Activity In the Men’s Room?

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Someone has locked themselves in the large stall They’re smoking one cigarette after another And pulling long stretches of toilet paper off the rolls God only knows for what purpose And yelling for anyone who’s outside the stall To go get them

Bearded Lamb

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I was bleeding from the soul It took its toll I fell all the way down in a hole I saw some burning coal I didn’t know where the hell I was Or what went wrong As I sang some unholy song Where I did not belong There was a frozen carcas

19 Minutes My Ass

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Lately a bull has been licking My cowlick It was somebody’s bull that just wandered over From another pasture I gave them 19 minutes To get the bull out of my yard But all I heard coming from over the fence was “19 minutes my ass”

Instructions for Assembly

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Please be advised to have at least 2 persons to assemble this unit Although it could take close to a dozen Always include at least 2 kibitzers Another 2 or 3 standing around sipping vodka martinis Be sure to have enough olives to go around And b

On Tuesday

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When they talk, they put their hands like a cup around their mouth

Our Time, parts V, VI, & VII

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all thinking wears the stink of loss.

Continual Rejection Is Highly Over-Rated

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In your dreams Anything can happen But reality is weird enough Without dreams getting in the way I guess I’ll never forget seeing that Quick sign of the cross Before you came to the side of the bed And the grip that church still had on y

Life in a Time of Drought

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Life in a Time of Drought: Sign taped to the latrine Do Not Flush Until The Alligators Rise To The Surface

On A Carport in Bethlehem

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I can hear soft rain

Where Has All the Laughter Gone?

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The despair that comes and goes is here again I saw a woman who was holding herself As she walked past, as if a fire were about to Lunge out of her parts She was in such great need of being held The despair that comes and goes is here again


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Bleeding quietly

Luminous Nights

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A sense of yellow light saturates the night Which is luminous and green Groups of figures standing out darkly The light coming from behind them Mingling in that loose, timid way of all groups Hesitant, unsure With their backs against the nig

Ze Nazi Clothing Store Around Ze Corner

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We call this place "The Nazi Clothing Store" because: You VILL NOT use cell phones! You VILL NOT buy zings off za mannequin till Tuesday (an even zen vee shall see...YA?). You VILL ask to be rung up at the time of purchase after standing at

Flint and His Girls

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I heard the little young dark-haired girl The one who came looking for Flint the first night He moved in – I heard her crying muffled sobs Down in the parking lot behind our place And Flint was trying to comfort her But she was really letting it