Sunday, February 28, 2010

Gogyohka 2.28.10

we can argue
til we're blue
in the face
but instead
let's just dance

looking at the uniforms
of each country
in the Olympic closing ceremony
I wonder how many
were made in China

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Gogyohka 2.27.10

the asphalted street
with its neverending lights--
good for walking
the dirt under the trees
good for finding

true morality
may not come
from doing what others want
but following
your desire inside

swarms around me
like angry bees
stinging every part
that would let me sit

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Gogyohka 2.25.10

a wet thump
of snow
falls on my coat
like someone
tapping on my shoulder

Spring heaves
before it bursts
Buds and blooms
But first--
groaning water up the the trunk

Bury me
with the dust
in my eyelashes
Let the world
find a microscopic museum

biting my fingernail
in the shower
I smell the soup
I made
for dinner last night

not snow
so much as
snow cones
from the sky

I walk
to the back room
and four sparrows
lined up on the window bars
cheep wildly at me

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Gogyohka 2.23.10

shhhhhh-lean in
let the blood in your ears
hear the crocuses coming?
they're in the rain on the roof

keep my eyes bright
as snow in the dark
keep my pants wide
my steps tall
and let the wind whisper my song

today was like
waking up in Cleveland
and not knowing
it if was 9 in the morning
or 3 in the afternoon

Monday, February 22, 2010

Gogyohka 2.22.10

she'll never paint again
she swears
that old beauty problem?
someone else's now
she'll be fabulous

wanna get wild
fall off the canoe
smash the ice
smell my palms
scuffed with pine pitch

and maybe
love happens
when you try
to think of a word
and someone appears

Friday, February 19, 2010

Gogyohka 2.19.10

married a week ago
way up high
went down the elevator
but can't tell
if there's ground beneath me

My hasidic landlord
sitting at the table
next to heatless radiators
"You think I need your money?
I'm a believer."

rubbing my face
rubbing rubbing
I want to rub
the wrinkles
from my brain

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Gogyohka 2/18/10

The snow plops down
from the branches
The heavens
want to have
a snow fight

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Gogyohka 2.10.10

drop the grocery bags
unlock the door
but first
work out the sting
cold claws won't unclench

Monday, February 8, 2010

Gogyhoka 2.8.10

this line of mittens
speared on gate spikes
like heads
of the dead
waiting to be claimed

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Gogyohka 2-7-10

getting married
in a week
thinking about
homosexual experiences
at 7 years old

Gogyohka 2-6-10

life means
building up
& breaking down
over & over
forever again

Friday, February 5, 2010

Gogyohka 2.5.10

glass falling on glass
makes me cringe
that hard sound
of stubborn ideas
refusing to budge

when I think
of how hard it was
to learn to walk
not getting to Japan yet
seems paltry

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Gogyohka 2/4/10

my faith
is that I believe
people can change
after seeing so many
who don't

Gogyohka 2-3-10

the sun
glitters down
like someone
smashed an icicle
on a mirrorface

the wind
shook the snow
off the eaves--
a horse shook flies
off its tail

Monday, February 1, 2010

Gogyohka 2/1/10

a little life
with many joys
(a few disappointments, too)
starlight glowing
past the street lamp

First of February
lined up at the Cash Advance
paper hands
shined by the wind
clutch their benefits checks