Swirling

swirling
gaze transfixed
eyebrow cocked,
ready to fire

sand bottleneck
grinning mackerel
on the tarmac
swirling

Remain Always a Child

Inept leaders
murdered millions
with the stroke
of a pen.

The humiliation
of a people
sentenced
millions more

Mutually assured
destruction,
stand-in
for peace

Moving closer
to midnight.
lessons of the past
ignored.

Fault Lines

numb limbs
toddler rampage
and for what?
self-pity.

morning flares
path illuminated
’twas always there.
footfalls need be mine.

Light Slices

twilight remnants
sly orange peek
phrenic expedition
carpe noctem

Gardener

calloused hands
strikes his face.
bruises
prod.
second hand
pricks
incessantly.

ceaseless march
to oblivion.
never
the denouement.
cultivates
his
garden.