around the year 1200 or//under the linden trees//no wait–

“i fought this dragon–” he says,
trash cans in his voice&
sweat dripping from forehead to nose,
pearls down his chest,
a gem-ornated sword limp by his side
& thousand more wait at the door
outside the forest

concrete chunks between their toes
torn power poles–
the scent of slow decay

his eyes are sharp still, blood-smeared, whetted knives
and those that look at him turn blind

“you really wanna read that book?” he says
“i dunno”
“is it for the sex scenes?”
“it is for the story”
i drink fennel tea, that’s just how far my
vices go//

“&have you ever loved?” he asks
“like kriemhild loved you?
“you know you’re gonna die– right?”

for a moment i can see him,
outside legend
stripped bare of his magic cape
outside myself–

“if getting up at 5 is superhuman power, i–“
and all the question marks start somewhere

at a bend//or just before — one
can you tell?

“fear for your life?”
“we know how the story ends, right?”

&he bows
slowly
with a big smile
on his lips

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at dVerse today, Abhra has us bring myths and legends alive again and mix them into our present time… i chose siegfried the dragon slayer for my piece…pub doors open at 3pm EST…

just a mixed tape of my day

basel/barfüsserplatz

basel/barfüsserplatz

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“life will harm you” the old statue says,
lips pursed in a weird angle,
back pressed in the sandstone wall
a big gap running from his eye to nose

&we stand by the whisper arch
of the old cathedral,
listening
to secret messages

as Basel blows her warm breath in my face,
fountains twist and spit sparkling waterbeams
up in the air

&i hold one ear on life’s navel
let it sink deep in the flesh //to find
what runs beneath
the concrete surface

on the way here in the tram
i saw a man with seablue eyes
&couldn’t look away
cause there was something//real&–

“teach me autumn” i say to the leaves,
“please–“

“i lived 20 years abroad” says a woman who walks next to me
“in Canada, the States–“

we mark the smallest kingdom on our map,
the narrowest alley,
&unpack our pockets//snap a pic
to document//– i

“why the navel?” someone asks
“not sure//
cause it’s intimate?
a cut connection that– i dunno”

&i stand
with one foot on a spinning pallet
where the stage
of the old theater once was

“in Hong Kong i worked for an airline” she says “small one but–“

i drink the dance
of rusty fountain figures, twirling in the sun
&clicKcLiCkcLick
a group of tourists

as life smooths out its dress,
&looks at me//with knowing eyes

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for OLN at dVerse

don’t let the weather dictate your journey//just saying–

two bears
from bubblegum
said “let’s explore the world!
from Asia into Scotland &
from everywhere to everywhere” so yeah
they had big fun, crossing the globe
in a marshmallow boat
with chocolate sails
&licorice-
pierced ears
the monkeys mock—
“ooooh, what a waste of time!
they should’ve knitted scarves&gloves
for when sir winter throws his kilt upon
the world it will be cruelsome cold
and in their bubble coat
they will freeze stiff
&square!”
the bears build huge
pink gyroplanes with snow
flakes as their rotor blade&in
the air they swing with felty chest hair curl-
ing funny in the wind&sing
an easy song i can’t
translate //instead//
just sing
along ;-)

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smiles… ok i had a bit fun with this one… gay challenges us to write to a form that she invented… more at 3pm EST when the dVerse pub doors swing open…

i thought i had the time to read a book last week

image by Brooke Shaden

image by Brooke Shaden

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“the birth of snow
goes never easy” she says,
time squished tight//against her hip
an oil lamp–
yesterday

i wore my heels and a black negligée
with roses stitched all over it
for hubs’ return
after 12 hours driving over austrian mountain passes

“snow on top of them//blue sky//so beautiful”
he’s breathless
&night leans full breasts towards our silhouettes
as we sit bent
over the kitchen table, maps&flyers spread

“the walls have cracks” i say,
we’re outside
in the wilderness
&i wear wollen overknees //for the contrast

“you’re cold?”
“i’m good” i smile, brushing chunks of autumn from my hair
into the night’s //embrace
&snowflakes on his face, he asks “you had a good week?”
“yeah– despite the chopping boards that molded in the dishwasher”
“i don’t believe it”
“they looked nice//and colorful” i laugh,
pouring a cup of tea

&dim the lamp
&shake the snow– to featherbeds

“it is a stable probably” i say
“with cow and donkey in the corner”

really// you can’t see it

“hmm?”

&i’m a watchman// shepherd,
breathing apple scent with full, red lips
kick my heels into a corner
but keep
the woolen stockings on

 

at dVerse, We’re writing to the artwork of Brooke Shaden today… join us when the pub doors open at 3pm EST..

let’s call him seven//teen

he was three lines,
5-7-5
dark shiny hair
and inksvy drenched
dreamed rhymes beyond–

of groWTh

into an ode, sestina, rondelet
with a black cap//a bear
&shades, of rap//bebop//hip-hop
in torn jeans, on a trash-can ride
toward the uniVerse //& back,

a love song//soFt-
est half-beat, french ballade
nocturne, pleiades,
in countless metric units
starry-eyed&

on the frog’s cool back
he jumPs
with basho breathing down his neck
&floating in the wet–

5-7-5 expanding ripples
on a pond//
the big red sun in a white dress
singing the sound of change

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alright– tony wants us to write nonsense poetry at dverse today, which i can tell you is no nonsense at all… doors open at 3pm EST– up for a challenge? grab your pen and see you at 3pm EST

the weird intimacy of tires, pressing rubberlips onto the road//&where this journey starts

trier, marketplace

trier, marketplace

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the market place shines yellow
in the half-dark
“loving those street lights–”  i say
&my daughter smiles
“the city gate impressed me more
than the leaning tower of pisa”

&we carry
bits and pieces of our breath
under our coats
the night wind
“so tomorrow you’ll collect your bike?” i ask
“check out the university?”

we drove here on jammed streets,
passing Strasbourg
“never made it back there” i say
cappuccino in a rest-stop on the highway
&the rain pours beats
we don’t know
yet

the beauty about traveling
is in its essence, smell, the rub of tires on a road,
&marks we leave
as we move on
it’s in the small things, in the way the light leans carefully
against her cheeks
now

in a turkish snack bar
we eat lahmacun and yoghourt sauce drips down my arms
into our drinking in
the city’s fragrance,

small bumps//curves of cobblestone,
throw sepia shades
as we walk to her new flat
that she shares
with a future lawyer&a girl with angel hair,

“it smells of change” i say
to the old roman city gate, built in the year180 after Christ
“it shrunk 4 meters since then,
one day you will too mom& i’m taller then”
“ha”
we link arms,
and on my back i feel the Porta Nigra winking//

with soft, charcoal sparkling eyes

 

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Gabriella has us write travel poetry at dVerse today… doors open at 3pm EST..

why i do what i do//although the bumps along the margins wear me down somedays

tttsssSsshhhsshhhhhp

enveloped in a haze //n-butyl acetate
i spraypaint letters on the bridge’s grey//crackling forehead
cars and trains rumble across,
a little boy fogs up the pane
his nose a flat peach on its sunlight-glistening surface

a guy in a blue raincoat says
“it’s never permanent–
someone else will come and brush thick layers over it”

that doesn’t mean i’m gone
yet i get cold a bit
it’s dangerous //CAPS&
concrete skeletons lean heavy in the breeze

“and why use words that no one understands”
they’re all in a hurry
heavy bags//chocolate chips against autumn’s first chill,
a dotted dog pee-marks his territory
“they could google it, i mean–”
“they won’t”

he lights a cigarette
a thousand magnifying glasses shimmer in his beard
i want to run my hand
across the secret that sits hidden in the crevice of his lips
as color-rivulets run down the wall, legs,
puddle at my toes,
they’re penciled  red still,
a bit damaged though

“what makes you get up on this scaffold?”

“the way the wind whips spraypaint on my skin”

“that’s it?”

“i think”

his lips are dry a bit
as we sit by the highway
on an island, cyclones spitting froth across the waves

“if that is gone, i’ll stop”
“i know”
&we throw flat stones, skipping on the lake’s unbroken surface

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“following through a metaphor” is karin’s theme at dVerse tonite… doors open at 3pm EST