Eight: Queen (poem)

      Queen   She could be his ruling queen The very air she parts is queen the dotted outline flees the figure                      shoplifts   the game is put-it-together dress yourself in sidewalk snatches chess the layout, barest thigh passage between parked cars twos […]

A Sleep (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Aug 2021 in Art, Poems

      A Sleep   The end of ability infected conductors who let the trains roll cumbered to catch fire dragging bodies The end of ability infected farmers who harrowed into highway tar and streambeds until the ragged tires tore to the rims and the machines upended The end of ability infected caretakers who […]

Bride to Be (part thirteen)

Posted by ractrose on 18 Aug 2021 in Art, Poems

      Bride to Be (part thirteen)     Tamarilde woke, the third month at her husband’s side The house of his childhood theirs, this rude place No part of her plan had failed them The dead, from the summit seen Lay a rippling cloak of black feathers And the flies, even here indoors, […]

Poem: Neither Do You

Posted by ractrose on 9 Aug 2021 in Art, Poems

      Neither Do You   Take no recovery for granted ignorant of specifics a disinterested organ in your gut Adipose in makeup, loyal as oil in support of fatly rights hunkers deep in hospitality, coat for a winter of nuclear strength Fact-checks the assertion of classes among colonial biospheres Asseverates that independently the […]

Poem: When You See God

Posted by ractrose on 4 Aug 2021 in Art, Poems

      When You See God   When you see god nose your horizon Inconvenient choosing the hour before the alarm goes off Before you lift your fork Before you find your pen and jot your thought An acronym, had it been? for blunder A plan you’d had to get thinner By mistake you […]

Eight: King (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 3 Aug 2021 in Art, Poems

      King   Artsy is the acquired name The King of this domain not cute, believe it And swords don’t pull from stones, but a crazy with a knife was witnessed once Things happen on the beat and things get made only for use    but color color is a natural    it’s a world […]

TV Culture: Mr. Prosecutor (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Jul 2021 in Art, Poems

      Mr. Prosecutor   The witness/killer weeps He is surprised…bushwhacked by a tactic “Mother doesn’t care.” Mother, he tells the doctor, is just outside in her rose garden Often since Papa died I find her staring at the fountain He calls to her from the patio, apologizes, she has gone upstairs “She’s having […]

Keep his distance (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Jul 2021 in Art, Poems

    Keep his distance   He is much closer now to his condemners Manners, if good social manners would stop the driver of a van He will sit, monitor this scene through a dirty screen A wireless device at rest near his resting hand Hand that touches no lover’s knee She in the seat […]

Witness (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 8 Jul 2021 in Art, Poems

      Witness   “You don’t like me. I want you to like me.” Was that charming? Half an answer came And it was, “No, I don’t think…” Then, “about you at all” had to become “I really know you.” And so another guest, who seemed to be her husband, said “And when you […]

From Rattus: Investigation (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 3 Jul 2021 in Art, Poems

      Investigation   Think of a reasonable start Think of property Attribute Value or character Kernel, bare-bones truth Pith, intrinsic worth, the molten core The heart of gold, the nut Diamond in the rough The call, the mission, cause Awakening The deaf, the empty vessel, cabbage head The beckoning dead, the comfortably seated […]