A wallowing, heavy laden steamer
is not a slender canoe, 

nor is it
a lonely kayak,

a sturdy skiff, 

an unsinkable Boston Whaler, 

a sails billowing schooner,  

but all dance through dark water, 

leaving naught but a 
     r i p p l e,,,,,..... 

then gone.
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A Royal Flush

A Royal Flush

Even when hidden, 
a pheasant is 


a peasant; 


in color and plumage, 

he is always a royal,

regal and ready
to fly his throne in an instant

when betrayed

and the whirr 
of his flight 
will both 


and delight.
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A Morgue Encounter

A Morgue Encounter
There is a most primitive wailing sound— 
a stricken keening of utter despair—
a mother’s awful symphony 
of savage tongue,
throbbing throat,
and ruined heart.
Identity must be determined. 
A son? handsome youth cut down? 
A daughter? blooming beauty snuffed? 
Father, steeped in rage, refuses to go, 
preferring to drink himself numb, 
and lay blame at a careless God’s doorstep.
There lurks a hidden cavity,
a storage pocket of sudden death, 
murky beneath Seattle’s 
dark, wet streets.
An officer of laws for the living 
escorts Mother down a dim hallway 
to a large viewing window where
teenage boy, lies in state under bright lights 
and hideous shroud of white sheet.
The blanched face revealed— 
Sightless eyes cannot see Mother,
Stopped arms cannot hug Mother, 
Silent voice cannot thank Mother,
Sealed lips cannot kiss Mother farewell. 
Comes the keening. 
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Overheard At The Derby

Overheard At The Derby

I do like your hat.

yes. it reminds me of a lampshade i once knew.

yes. like you, the lamp wore it slightly askew. 
you mean crooked?

aye. awry. cocked just so over one eye.

yes. it’s a fabulous look.
thank you. is your horse running today?

horse? i came but to see the hats.
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Hot Stuff

 Hot Stuff

Whenever my
ego fluffs up
gets in the way

i remember me

how little i know

auto mechanics,
pie crust,

and especially
the unfathomable riddle called

Then things even out
real fast.
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