october 31

the cat o nine tails

punctuate the mountain trails 

squash and apple and potato 

farmers bag up their crops for sale

the skunk raises his back

to the gentle chocolate lab. life is thickened

with sugar beneath the sierras

playing notes of caramel



you could not see his eyes

body lashed by the belt in the back 

headphones and hair mopping 

the face drownin them out 

rain checked windshield 

of pathological indifference

he was accused

soundscapes caressing his soul

driving his imagination 

wild he was innocent he was



peace is lost

we imagined

the offshore oil platforms 

invading warships 

here @ the meeting

of land and sea

how quickly peace

is lost


autumn in the graveyard

the grounds overtaken with fallen leaves

it’s less how we look that concerns me 

so much as can we survive?

you understand… let us give another candle

the best light for the dearly departed

may we always do what we can

to see them in it #katyamills


barely time to daydream

like usual when you edged 

into my office out of sorts 

to betray logic and reason

the strangest thing

it was like someone was 

there… my blood raced 

to believe our dear comrade

she returned!




i remember

the day we stopped traffic

you and me in a daze in the street  

bystanders asking did we need

help? metal glass plastic call 911

there’s been a collision! lovestruck

it was the best accident

i ever had 


5 to 25

what a world 

where @ 5 years old you are mostly 

brilliant and when you hit 25

you know exactly 



october 24

with hope upon wakening

believin the work to be done 

i open my manuscript

and like the washer the dryer you

spill out on the floor at my feet

such is life

replete and resplendent

we sharpen our blades

and fall on them


kick no. forty and one

sometimes life demanded a kick in the teeth

anything to see you 

smile   #katyamills


they worked with chemicals 

and film 

swallowed several shots 

before work toward


extrication of light

from darkness


hopelessly devoted to

the process