scavenger hunt of sorts

so my queen has given unto me
orders to find for her
new ones, specifically
which lemme tell you
if we’re speaking off the record
there really is no such thing
at this point as ‘new words’
but i catch her drift and
whether or not i think it’s
feasible to find new words for her

when an itty bitty
warrior queen
asks something of me
’tis my duty as her king
to at least make a seriously game effort

and wait here i’ve got a picture
of the two of us together


she is so pretty
brave and wild
and come on
look how happy
she is to be with
me on a bridge
that leads to a bench
we didn’t make out on

or maybe i’d just make a diorama.

it would take way too long
for me to
write out all of the
things i do not know
and like it would be
a nightmare like how would
i organize it alphabetically
maybe inverse order based
upon what i ‘should’ know
like gosh that’s intimidating
to think of putting into writing
and wait how would i even
be able to express what i don’t know
if like um
i don’t know it so then i’d have to
decide do i begin with at least two major
categories things i know i don’t know
and things i don’t even know at all

let’s breathe together ok


i love you and right yes what i do know is

you make your daddy very happy.

one-man life jacket


sometimes metaphors

come to life

for just a moment

and sometimes

we are fortunate enough

that capture that moment.

(also sometimes
we’re lucky enough
that our arms look
in that moment and gosh
look how sweet she is
rubbing her eyes oh my
darling and my love)

because my memaw is feeling better

Hope cracked the closet door
the hinge squeaks this time of year due to the humidity
and eased it open
she stood facing dress after dress
eyes washing over fabric and color and style
she slid out of the somber black number
she’d worn over the weekend
stepped free from pooled polyester at her ankles
pulled a bright jumper
patterned orange and blue
from the rack and onto her frame
adjusted the straps in her full-length mirror
on the closet door
it was here when she moved in
and smiled at her reflection.


‘just let me change into something less visible’

he walked whistling by the graveyard

but only because the gate was locked

the security guard was in his line of sight

and he was wearing a shirt and tie

(and they – shirts and ties – have no love of climbing wrought iron)


lined pajama pants

i sat down to write you a poem.

needless to say, i did, because here it is, but i am not sure how i feel of its quality.

the problem, dear, is i had the television on,

and i also suffered from the hunger, slightly,

and have we discussed how my hands get cold easily this time of year?

poor circulation is my guess.

so, i wanted to write you a beautiful poem

and what happened is this little mish-mash of proesetry

written while i wear lined pajama pants on a Sunday night, in my living room,

one lamp on, the other off, because i plugged it into the wrong outlet a week ago and am too lazy to fix it.