Friday, October 19, 2018

scattered bits n'fragments


deep temple dog tired
tired of wars
n' wars on words

tired of fighting
pushing on the last few
fading monks
to move
just move


coffee pot
bottom burned black
       needs scrubbing
morning of wet monk


energy drink cans
scattered up the ditches
or squashed flat
and paved over
in the pre-frost rush


this violin
is a fiddle in these hands
sawing  - mingling
with Americana chords
lifting n'healing
yer broken heart

 -  Tired Monk notebook poems

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


autumn angled sun beams
cutting through tinted leaves
warm orange light

temple dog runs up the slough
disappears down in the ditch
slicking low in the mud
following a scent

reach down...feeling around
under the step stash
sweet bourbon
wards off the fall air

Sunday, September 30, 2018

a glimpse

a light year
glimpse of Orion
tucked inside
a sweep of morning clouds
and swaying white pine boughs

Friday, September 28, 2018

street prayer fragment

these streets are full of
rich only in stories

may these streets fill
with good salty saints

Thursday, September 6, 2018

observations while walking the temple dog


heats breaking
one more steam-room day
then a whip of cold
north airs settles in


more fireflies
than fires these nights
vacant campfire rings


dusk bat flits above
cleaning up
end of summer mosquitoes

Friday, August 3, 2018

a carpenter

old temple deck
imploding with wet rot
sledge banged down
the rest of the way

heavy gravel
stepping stone lifting

old barn boards rise again
overfilled black earth
flower beds bloom

robe cinched up
covered in sawdust motes
mouth full of galvanized steel

rough carpenter monk
building as art

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

yer a monk

swear angry
kick cursing

...yeah losing it

"why you mad
  yer a monk"

spinning ice cubes
around this whiskey glass
chasing a tasty IPA

"you drink?
  but yer a monk"

neglected duties
procrastinated prayers
temple dog naps

"thought you were a monk?"

yes - a tired monk