The Payoff

September 1st, 2014

  Arthur brought his fingers up to his nostrils with the quickness and fluidity of a third base coach sending the bunt sign to a batter. When he felt clean, unobstructed nostrils, Arthur’s hand fell away to an empty sugar packet, and he ran his fingertip over the crisp edges....

the sky

February 6th, 2014

      The pink sky has nothing to hide streaking next to the flame ride. The blushing bandit has long been suspected to be the sky’s favorite state of mind. The bluest blue rarely reveals itself, instead maneuvering minions for view, especially baby blue. But the sky is not...

the night

January 20th, 2014

      I developed my intimate relationship with the night many years ago. Besides the usual insomniacs, slaves working their shifts and drunkards, the night is always thrilled to have another guest in her house. She lives down the street in the other end of town, in that weird-looking...

Foreclosures funded by taxpayer money — Updated

October 7th, 2013

      Over the past five years more than 4.5 million families lost their homes through foreclosure, but there would have been fewer if the federal government didn’t give tax payer money to the banks to push citizens out of their homes. The $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program...

My main man

July 22nd, 2013

      He found me in the outskirts, carried me through the night and breathed me into form. We built the bridge across my badlands. Here comes the man, the hand on the strings. He said any way you like it. I said I like to smile. Laugh too. He...

 

The Payoff

  Arthur brought his fingers up to his nostrils with the quickness and fluidity of a third base coach sending the bunt sign to a batter. When he felt clean, unobstructed nostrils, Arthur’s hand fell away to an empty sugar packet, and he ran his fingertip over the crisp edges....

Dear Hippie Girl

      Dear Hippie Girl, I realize my slip-of-the-tongue yesterday at the anti-war rally was not cool. I didn’t mean to embarrass you, or myself, and I’m sorry. So that’s what I wanted to say right off the bat. Okay, I think that’s taken care of now (and I...

clear channel

      When the water smoothed the earth, it carried something special. On the rocks this dream died. The current carried the bones away. The sun burned off any memory. But a seed remained, lost. In the good book, ever notice that the men constantly misunderstand Jesus’ call to...

green throb

      I don’t know if it’s karma or not, scales in the sky balancing or the holy spirit herself slipping rocks into my pockets or lifting my wallet out. I just know you put a sliver streak through my brain and spine. Out of my shell and away...

yellow fever

      You are the sweet lemon, and I the favored fool loosening love between her limbs. You are the delivering dawn. You are the dusk and evening’s layered lust. You fall in raindrops, cratering my dry sands. You are dandelion vapor making magic, a single sunflower seed planted in my soiled...

Madman is loose

  The madman slipped out. He took the secret trapdoor out of my skull and is making his way to the bookshelf. Honestly, writing and publishing a book is quite a challenge, especially making a narrative out of some poems from a couple years ago. Some of the lines I wanted to...

Return of Arnal

        The water flowed and dishes sparkled at the Hippie Kitchen on Saturday when longtime house guest Arnal Kennedy returned to scrubbing pots after nearly a year sidelined with a hernia. Arnal moved into the LACW in 2002 and has been the full-time dishwasher since then. After...

Beauty and Heat

      We recently had a hospitality day, where a couple dozen friends from downtown visit us at ‘the house’ for a meal and card games, or just lounging in the sunny yard. Some guys take showers or baths. We commiserate. Hazel was a big hit. She talked her gibberish...

We Need the Rain

      Living outside the system has its challenges and rewards. The rewards are the large circle of friends who live next door. Regularly we retreat to our apartment and also integrate next door in ‘the house.’ Unless Hazel is taking a late nap, we attend 6 p.m. dinner....

Living the Alternative Life

      We had a first birthday party for Hazel Sunday and the photo is a reaction shot after Hazel took her very first step by herself at her party. It was a lot of fun. Instead of scratching out a stressful living with nothing leftover, Alecia and I...

 
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