Stoops

in a
breathless
paper economy

businessmen
reach for ambition
as a thief might reach
for another man’s soul

sitting on stoops
they chant their mantras
on the doorsteps of sensual
gratification

2006

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Wait for the USA

for
I
have stood
on downtown streets
and watched

soldiers
homeless
in their own
home towns

lost Americans
housed in bungalows
on the desecrated lands
of a rich uncle’s
broken promise

the
immigrant’s labor
farmed
to every market
but his own

and
I have seen
a generation
sit
in coffee shops
and diners
waiting

while
mom and dad
too
wait for the USA

NBC
and CBS

—-fall lineup

Pinocchio

thoughts
like empty
wave at trains
in the bleary
morning wake up

the daily commute
of metal wheeled coffins
borne
tightly grasped
like straws

later
in New York City
after work
barroom handshakes
beneath dark doorways
up stairs
of the delicate essence

and
a Broadway mesmerized
by the rhythmic rumba
of mermaids
jungle kings
a two faced opera star

the Times Square
great white wail revival
of Pinocchio
in the place
where Debbie
once
did
Dallas

2006
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