NO REFUNDS ON THE TRUTH (August Postcard Poem 2017)

He always wrapped his lies in gilded paper,

tied them off in bows of ornate excuses,

added gift tags written

in the disappearing ink of promise.

 

Now here he stands before her,

holding bare truth in cupped hands,

offering her the unkempt bit of disaster

that was the one true gift

he could actually offer.

 

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PLAYING WITH BOMBS (August Postcard Poem 2017)

He inhales helium from the red balloon,

the girdle of gas cinching his vocal chords,

strangling his bass two octaves higher.

 

His laugh becomes reminiscent

of a vintage cartoon character,

boiled in vermouth,

trapped in the mountains of Tibet.

 

He summons forth chuckles,

maniacal laughter,

exhales them back into the red latex sphere.

 

Soon he has a bouquet

of twenty-three balloons,

all of them red,

each filled with pleasure.

 

Riding his bicycle

to the barbed-wire barricade,

he floats them all free

over a nation held hostage.

 

Bullets assassinate all the balloons

as if they were hearts

meant to be lost.

 

He smiles to himself

as he bicycles away.

Laughter rains down for weeks

bringing strange peace.

 

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IRONY (August Postcard Poem 2017)

He wanted to worship her,

not destroy their lives.

 

The line of separation

was as thing

as a liar’s promise.

 

He had precariously balanced

along the edge

for years,

hiding a secret desire

to stumble and plummet.

 

One day,

he closed his eyes,

executed a lover’s dismount,

giving no thought at all

as to whether

he could stick the landing.

 

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FLIRTING WITH DANGER (August Postcard Poem 2017)

He speaks the lost language

of Tierra del Fuego,

wearts t-shirts woven

from the sweet dreams

of sinners.

 

There is power to his stride,

he harbors dynamite

in his muscles,

grace to his step

as the fuse offers salvation.

 

He rinses his mouth

with unabashed flirtation,

coating each spoken word

with appealing inuendo.

 

Men want to be him.

Women want to have him.

But he is a warrior of conquest,

collecting hearts like scalps

in a box under the bed.

 

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EVERYWHEN COCKTAIL (August Postcard Poem 2017)

Ingredients:

1/4 tsp. – singed ashes from a comet’s tail

1 oz. – powdered ink from an octopus’ diary

1 pinch – quarter notes (evaporated) from a Magyar love ballad

1/2 cup – distilled vapors of cactus tears

 

After bathing the above in the whispers of lovers, add the following:

 

1 jigger – Moravian monk pure bourbon

2 oz. – Creme de Nova, fifty proof

 

Place all of the above in a blender until a halo appears.

Pour slowly over two cubes of ice stolen from the soul of a newly-calved glacier.

 

Best served under the light of a waning moon.

 

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