• A Rooster Trilogy – Morning’s Chanticleer

    Morning’s Chanticleer

    in a narcoleptic moment of reflection ~ a dirge


    As the sun pushes the grey mists of morning across the sands. currents rush into the houses. down | windows accept an invasion. brisk | thickets and blankets of pillows and light. dream catchers | apparitions bleed into twilight. a shadow lingers past the night. 

    To touch the grey. I reach | to clasp the mist. I feel | to hear the whisper. I strain | energized by sadness. tears of waking disappear the night | a figure blocked by sunlight. a voice from the stairs, a face in the clouds | wisps of morning obscure the marsh. there! in the sunlight—you vanish. 

    Please don’t shake me from these slumbers. delve in shallow breath | let me rest in my wanting. sleep | for you have beat me long enough. let go | I never asked for this. the tortured memories | my life waits for endless roads. 

    ::The ocean is a wall that blocks the current. the sun explodes the night. long but the days are shorter | a life deferred is a life lost. 

    Was I your servant or your muse? deadlocked | a flight to the Seahorse Nebula on Orion’s back. a walk on deserts with Don Juan—peyote visions | mescal. delirium tremens | pink elephants. ahor | a flashback to those good ol’ times! taste the cotton mouth. spittle washed down with Orange Crush. 

    ::Into the sun. Icarus mourned but not forgotten. burnt—all future flights canceled until further notice, damn! I missed that plane. the Jefferson | but gained a button for my panic. 

    Aged men on limestone walls. frescoes | they look with wonder. admonish the lame | war was never meant memorial. eyes ravaged by sight | shadows hide the pain. veneers | tears hide the anguish. cheers! | we drank to the living and smote the dead! of this pain there is no end | repeat: of this pain there is no end | only the vapor of fading lamplight. 

    Prisoners grapple with bars. clutching | “Any day now…” they cling to the words of a vagabond. a child’s cry | a thief robs the house but leaves the night-light. on | a couch stolen. a sleep disturbed | empty pockets haunt the evening. derelict drifters and wanton wolves | wharf rats scuttle the harbor. hungry. 

    ::Mt. Shasta is a cold and lonely bitch in winter. trains spot run | it soars above the tree line. frozen—sun mottled | wake to the sound of a rooster’s crow. ka-doodle-doo! | or was it you that I heard? Hallucinations sneak past the gates. 

    ::A wise man once shared his dreams. said 

    I can’t even think
    to remember,
    tho’ I know it
    was something
    quite clear. 

    did I hear your voice
    on the mountain that day,
    or morning’s chanticleer? 

    I know how easy
    dreams are broken
    when out of thin air
    they appear. 



    Originally published on: Dec 9, 2017 

  • A Rooster Trilogy – Doc Martens Sambas and Cigarettes



    Doc Martens Sambas and Cigarettes



    Eyes stare down corridors, blank at walls | linoleum tile and sterile góndolas | black wheels, rubber and steel | concise therapists probe density | evolve solutions, misconceptions—life is a cherry, hard pits and sour.

    You roll the dice, draw lonely highways | search night’s crooked roads —creep with silent tires on gravel, lakeside—moon bright overhead. Stars fall. Winter follows | life is a carnival: bright lights and sorrow. Children play dress up, line up at school | lightning and thunder clap ::an omen. Just before you collapse | leaves you shaken—eating disordered | flaking skin like a moth in the flame | the sacred cows and the sacred vows spoken | dreams goals and values broken | swear words promises, spit in rage—bridges burned. Freedoms chosen.

    ::tho’ life seems to run like the wind, it takes a miracle to win—delusion and grand devices don’t matter, you give up on one and wait for the latter | stand at the threshold desperate and worn | stare at disaster in a garden of thorns | linen bed sheets, newspapers torn, from the bums in the alley you swore to protect | social workers and bachelorettes—community college, nursing degrees | tuition paid by the blood of your sweat | “Doc” Martens, Sambas and cigarettes.

    Is it real or is it fake? The dealer on the corner won’t negotiate | cars drive by and curbs draw lines | street cars trolley to the end of the line—your room with a view, your isolate—fortress of solitude, heaven’s gate ::that crown of thorns becomes you, emptiness surrounds you—the sound and the fury of midnight’s crash? It’s only the garbage men picking up trash | the rooster crows and daylight reckons, the morning sun dries the clothes you slept in | dreams like plastic melt in the sun | you’ve climbed the ladder to the top of the rung | your rat race is run.

    The seasons come and go with the years, time drifts by like a boat from the pier | paper trails fall from the sky, conspiracy theories drop like dimes | and all that noise about freedom’s chimes? Rings hollow, like a bootlegged rhyme. The whistle and hum of the tightening rope—your lifeline cut, left there to cope. And don’t it all just go to show?

  • A Rooster Trilogy – Flowers of Dawn


    Flowers of Dawn


    The sun rises blurred and wrinkled | sky the color of blood. The whirring spin of a circular saw grinds its path on plank | Bang! Bang! nuclear splash, alcohol pools wave headaches on ::music fills the air, the sound of harps | an angelic chorale sings Ave, Maria! | choking throat and rattle of death—a harsh uptake. Wake-up!

    ::a yellow moon rises over the rooftops, striking | awe in silence. Blue sky dark and twinkling stars meld into street light | alleys cluttered with wine bottles, clink. A cat howls in heat, water washes away the smeared light. Bleary-eyed and broken, I stumble among dust bins and the sediment of the living, crowned | with a golden halo of spirits—God, and Whisky, the One, and the Same | dusty showers of moonbeams glitter | a fedora of the night. A cap of dawn—a screw.


    In this city the rooster is strangled by the roar of the automobile, the rush of the hour | a traffic and a cop drags cars through the crossroads—my mind | the Altiplano—the drifter’s horse and the gunslinger on L-dopa | brought to an awkward stutter—angst | plays cat’s-cradle on twisted fingers, an angry gut. A dog’s hair to bite you—a pint of Schnapps, a fifth of Port | cold rinse and spin dry.

    A flower | rotted, ready to die. Waiting on Euphoria, the downhill slide | the Eternal groan—and that dark, slow suicide ::but that’s OK. I’m doing fine.

  • On the Road to Satori – Alice Texas

    the hitchhiker by christiano bill

    the hitchhiker by christiano bill

    Each one of these stories is like a small window—a motion picture into observations made during a period of travel during the early 1970’s. I hitchhiked the roads of America and spent the years that followed in reflection. These poems are what grew from that soil.

    They are to be enjoyed, read as rhythmic rolling narrative. They need no explanation except that, with a few exceptions, they tell a story that follows—one title to the next.

    Pablo Cuzco


    Alice Texas

    in the wee hours
    of a pitch black Texas night
    in Alice bound for Nuevo Laredo

    the road deserted
    not even a gun-rack pistol-packing
    Texas Truck in sight

    no drivers dusted
    from too many hours
    entertaining the yellow line
    looking for a rider to take the wheel

    the rattlesnakes chattered
    the coyotes yip-yip-yip-aye-ayed
    into the pitch-black prelude
    to the dawn

    a thousand miles from nowhere
    with nowhere left to go
    a lost and lonesome
    highway vagabond

    the rumble down ten-wheeler
    that eventually picked me up
    was headed for Freer

    blaring rhythm and blues
    on the AM band cracking
    and squawking like a CB radio

    left little room for conversation
    yelling over the noise
    grinding gears and rattling truck parts

    “Leroy Simmons—glad to meet you
    Headin’ far?” Nuevo Laredo
    “I can take you part of the way”

    the Sonoran Desert
    a desolate stretch of highway
    Mexico—twenty-five miles to the south

    Originally published on November 12, 2014

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