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“Moon Dance”

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Here is another poem from my first collection, BONES WILL NOT SUFFICE, published in 1997 by Black Lion Press.


Hidden from all
but the most haunted,
there’s a place
where dreams go to die.
This muddy graveyard of giants
belongs to the naked dancer.
When rooting for riches only
unearthed by a hairy hand
one must remember:
bloody bones
belong to the hyenas.
Your reward lies deeper,
beyond the scent of memory.
Sniff. Remember the taste
of wet fur and warm milk.
You know the dance.
Raise your muzzle to the moon.
The Owl will tell you when.
The snake will show you where.


“Bones Will Not Suffice”

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Here is the title poem from my first collection published in 1997 by Black Lion Press.


A backdoor beggar,
the brindled bitch
is more than another stray mongrel
scavenging breakfast
at the butcher shop
door. Bones
will not suffice
to fill her hollow hurt.
She is not the first knocked-up love
to be knocked about,
kicked out and left to fend for herself.
Her whines are not self pity,
just a plea for touch.
Ask her.
Nights bring their own hunger
when you’re on your own.

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