Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Johnnie for John

Downloading a song
is like
sleeping with a prostitute.
It's cold and impersonal --
merely a transaction,
a commercial exchange.
As a john,
you don't care about
her story or her history.
You don't care to
get to know
her parents or her siblings.
You don't care about
her goals or aspirations
or what she stands for.
You don't care about
her heart and soul.
You don't care
about her at all.
You just want
to get what you want from her
and go home.
You want to take her
quickly and cheaply
and move on,
with no regard
for her value or worth
as a unique creation
birthed out of love and affection,
with a heritage and a heartbeat.
You're just looking for a
You're just looking
for a play.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

(Miles Davis on tap)

Miles Davis on tap
grape juice in the stereo
a New Year's Eve day

Thursday, December 25, 2014

(Christmas cat)

Christmas cat –
bedside greeting
begins with a pounce

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I Love Snow

for Julie

I remember
the Christmas
that you and I
mended our friendship.
You wore a
cool, retro
fur coat
and we walked to
the park across
the street from
Debbie's house.
That night we
laughed and sang
about snow
with the Christmas
lights shining
behind us
and the future bright;
ahead of us.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My Interview With Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco

One of the highlights of my year was the opportunity I had to interview the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, Richard Blanco, for Out & About Nashville.  Blanco's work and life inspire me.  It is with great pleasure that I share the link to the product of that interview.  What a gift!  

Friday, November 28, 2014

Bathroom Poems: Great gag gift on sale now!

Looking for a unique, affordable gift?  How about a gag gift or lowbrow literature that will bring you to rears...I mean tearsMy latest poetry chapbook, Bathroom Poems, is available now!  The collection of crappy poems about bathroom business promises to make a splash at any family holiday gathering.  Folks in the Greater Nashville Area can pick up their copy at East Side Story or Landmark Booksellers, while out-of-towners can place their orders directly through me.  Sneak a peek at Bathroom Poems, as well as all of my poetry books here!  Contact me at to place your order or to request more info.  This year, give a gift guaranteed to make them guffaw.  Bathroom's a gas!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Traffic

Three miles in an
hour and a half --
interstate congestion and
stomach indigestion,
angry drivers with
hungry kids, no
exit in sight, and
no explanation.
Arrivals delayed;
hugs and hand-
shakes on hold;
dinners postponed.
It was easy to get
irritated and impatient,
until we saw
the white sheet
on the ground.
Suddenly, we were
thankful for the
fume-filled air that
we were breathing.