Winter Leaves

The patches of skin 
Of the dead clinging tattered 
To barebone branches 
 
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Some assembly is required

For awhile they burned
Embers red hot in my mind
Ever present bright
Now they are scattered ashes
Dull grey lost along the way

Things that were once shared
Become the sole property
Of others—castoff
Childhood toys with a warning
Some assembly is required

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An ember under your breath

For the first few months
After—you would rarely smile
And never laugh—now
You’ve begun again—my heart
An ember under your breath

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for Cutty after his stroke

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Morning Fog

Sky down to the ground 
Through the dull grey a black crow 
Flies alone strangely 
Mutedcoming towards me 
An old man walks an old dog 
 
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In the Dying Days of 2016

So far it’s coming down as a cold rain
Through the dying branches of November
Speeding the decay of newly dead leaves
But soon—very soon—it will fall as snow
White as all the white men in the White House
Who’ll stain its false promise of a fresh start
With born again crimes of seeming reason
To bleed the horrors of 2016
Into the bones of a new year stillborn
They’ll start—as they always do—with the weak
Whose final cries to them will be laughter
Amid back pats and champagne corks popping
All the while deaf to the resilient
Beings already growing underground

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Depth Charge:  Even as the American media rushes to normalize a completely abnormal presidency, Donald Trump is assembling a team of committed white supremacists, homophobes, Christian nationalists, anti-Semites, misogynists and corporate thieves to pillage America and blame the resulting havoc on the weakest and most marginal. Hope is hiding in very deep places.

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One Bad Decision Away

Don’t know about you
I’m just one bad decision
Away from sleeping
Empty beer can and regrets
Like that guy on the park bench

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DEPTH CHARGE: This one goes out to the USA on their decision day. Choices! As Tatiana would say. #ImWithHer

Choices Tatiana RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars

 

 

 

 

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Foul-mouthed Sweet People

As you’d say, “Fuckface,
You’ve been dead sixteen years now. ”
If you could know though
You would know—not forgotten
Still there are silent spaces

You once filled for us all with
Profanity and kindness

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Depth Charge: Written on the 16th Anniversary of Bob Read’s death.

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Moon Tanka for Eliza’s Birthday

And you with the moon
Make this strange world stranger still
Changing shape and shade
With incarnations
For the curious to share

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Depth Charge: Eliza Griffiths will be exhibiting new works at ELLEPHANT, 1201 rue St-Dominique, Montréal, Qc H2X 2W3 Canada, 5/11/2016 – 17/12/2016. Vernissage: November 5, 2016, 16:00 – 20:00. Image:Detail of painting by Eliza Griffiths.

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The Gift that Keeps on Giving

About their own deaths 
The dying can know nothing 
It is their final gift 
To us as they take their leave 
One that one day we’ll re-gift 
 
This is what makes me  
A rich man beyond compare 
Having been bequeathed 
Their jewel encrusted skulls 
Each a precious death shining 
 
So choose friends wisely 
You’ll be the dullest person  
At your funeral 
Befriend those quick with a joke 
And those with long memories 
 
The storytellers  
Whose words will mask your silence 
And give to your death 
A sinuous cohesion  
That your life completely lacked 
 
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A Reason to Live

This life comes complete 
With all the reasons you need 
Not to keep living 
Danced in delicate tangos 
Full of promise and peril 
 
At the year’s closing 
Even leaves are free to fall 
Dead to the cold ground 
You give me reason to live 
I kinda hate you for that 
 
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