Orbit

Little Spud in the Big Apple

We’re floating through it all, you know?

by “it all” I guess I mean some  scattered

particles

here

and

there

We’re just a larger bit of condensed-ness

falling

asifthereweresomething
thatcouldpushusapart
otherthanourownselfishness

we think of our invulnerability

launching fire to the heavens

crushing great comets

preparing to bleed them dry

knowing that it would only come down

if it were close enough to us

If not, it will

simply

fall

away

from

it’s origin

an expelled seed

a cherry pit flung

toward some unknown target

And I sit and wonder if you think of the destination

as I do, as it does, as they did,

as the realization slowly grows within,

that home is an unattainable concept

ever in sight

ever out of reach.

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The Alien with the Orange Teapot

Little Spud in the Big Apple

It’s funny,
I’m sitting in some coffee shop in Santa Fe,
drinking a house brewed kombucha,
scolding myself for the hipster tendencies
that crawl beneath my skin
like so many sub-dermal potato bugs,
or an old cough that won’t go away,
the remnant descendants of this season’s
Rhinovirus clinging to the edges of my esophagus,

Thinking about how we laugh at the hipsters,
the free thinkers,
the trend setters,
the Beta love weirdos,
the coffee shop indies,
when they’re the ones who
blaze the trail.

And I’m surprised
surprised within myself to see
so
many
aliens in New Mexico,

It’s funny that it surprises me,
I laugh out loud,
it comes out of me like a burp,
possible that it is a burp
caused by a cultured natural effervescence,
the tall man with the orange teapot
and blue
(or purple, I can never tell)
teacup looks at me,
He knows…

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“Ars Poetica” [1]

Little Spud in the Big Apple

To be a poem
I would have to fold myself
I would first begin
a bending of the arm
a twisting of the wrist
then, after some strain,
the snapping of the ankle
the spaghetti noodle of each rib
pressing into a bend
pressing into an arc
pressing in two

one piece always flies off
into the distance

To be a poem
I would search and find
the string inside
pulling and stretching
tearing the root out from the socket
eventually asking for help
eventually asking for two
stronger hands
stronger arms

arms that could pull the thin
wet thread of a soul into something manageable

To be a poem
To set to work
to build a rope
stretch and fold
and stretch and fold
the endless return and return again
a soft snap
a cut
A tie a loop a slip knot

a lasso
a loop around the moon

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Elision

Little Spud in the Big Apple

Don’t y’u
Can’t y’u
s’e

th’worl’s
gettin’ s’much
short’r
we’re takin’ th’
soun’righ’ out
outta ‘vrythin’
w’say
already “lol”
“roflmao”

soon’r’r lat’r,
there’ll be nothin’ lef’
save a series o’ do”-n’-dash’s
n’we’ll st’ll-b
sittin’roun’
arguin’-
-compla’nin’

“I don’t-g’t-U M8”
“mA-B U 8[-t]n’t lis’n’n r8[-A+I]”

U,
U nEd 2 do som’thin’
plz.

stan’ ↑ 4 sum’thin’
save lan’wage.

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