avocados on sale

boys chase around the aisles with sacks of weighed apples. avocados on sale. mom pauses, picking the purple textured skins. hopeful. but what would we trade out for it? almond milk? Diana Ross sings over the din of bar code scanning. she lifts her head and closes her eyes


Vegas 12.26.2022

Vegas. 5am. i take the elevator 20 floors down to the lobby. slot machines. whoever on the last dime. an old man smoking a cigar. a young woman with a pained expression. a dog under her arm. pulling for 7 bars on 5 lines. the dog licks foam off the lid of her coffee.


no love 4 history revisionists

denying you did something you did when one witness to it describes how deeply it affected them hurt them is fucked up and as hurtful if not greater than the original offense




we pressed the paper map into the table 

compelled to the north through the mountains 

i gave in easy because i love you

south. through the desert

my imagination can fill in 

any vast expanse of



iphone city

she padded around

in leopard print slippers 

giving the plants glasses of water


raccoons huddled up

after dodging cars and found

a broken window to climb into her garage

they were stronger and bolder

the iphones 

made the humans




you stole my heart 

but i am stubborn and do not stand for thieves

signaled by the wren’s song

with a final kiss i took my love

and left you 

waking up 500 miles away

all my belongings in my car 

drinking coffee 

falling for a sunrise 

wrapping my arms around



to Vegas

out in the Mojave and halfway to Barstow

i was feeling mighty lonely

flirtin with the speed limit when

Loretta Lynn started singin 

her heart out 

i stopped for some coffee 

gave my phone to a pack of coyotes

then rolled my happy ass east 

carefree as a tumbleweed

headway into the sun


next to nothing is something

a fight over nothing

in the car in the drive through

moody. half starved

a woman lying in the road
overcome by emotions

a man rushed to the hospital 

time stops or slows and speeds up again 

false alarm

someone took a pill 

to ease a worried heart
in the rain 


the fish cannot see above water

i was running through a city park
dead grasses bordered an ominous sky
a man lay unconscious on the riverbank
where he had been fishing

desperation in a friend’s blue eyes
asking could i help?

the sun setting 
no hesitation
gotta be there for 
my brothers




her lips parted to speak

radio waves flooded the room and

soaked the floral kitchen 


the brief winter daylight

lengthened several hours around

her persuasion

we all fell asleep