Take a Walk by Your Graveside

Halloween Two Ghosts

Take a Walk by Your Graveside
(R.I.P. Bob and Lou with thanks to K.N.)

This Halloween we’ll swoop, swoop, rock, rock
Take a walk by your graveside,
Hear the music without the musician,
Marvel at the magic without the magician,
And all the young queers in the bathhouses,
Will shed a tear for bygone blowjobs,
And all the boys in the backrooms
Who died of the same,
Every hairy teddy bear and shaved tom cat,
Will swoop, swoop, oh baby, rock, rock
As we walk by your graveside.

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Depth Charge: It was my first boyfriend who introduced me to Lou Reed’s album Transformer. I had heard Walk on the Wild Side, but the album in its entirety was another thing all together and, for him, the song Andy’s Chest held a special significance.  Also, at this time of year my thoughts always turn to my friend Bob Read and his death on Nov 1, 2000.  Fortunately, Halloween and friends bring all these memories into the present and the music can live on without the musician.

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For their camouflage of snow

Mountain Passage

Suddenly we see
Birch trees—long and straight and white—
Spike the mountainside
Bone-thin and exposed—they wait
For their camouflage of snow

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Under the threadbare branches

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Me—sitting in thought
You—through the cold approaching
We—share the same needs
On this October morning
Under the threadbare branches

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Unmasked

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This Hallowe’en Bert
Is stepping out on Ernie
With a cheerleader
They get out of a taxi
Disappear into a club

The weather has turned
Wet and cold and revelers
Don’t linger outside
Dressed up as slutty nurses
Paired with serial killers

Carrying six-packs
They move and laugh in small groups
Then one of them will
Cast a nervous eye my way
Wonder—Is that a costume?

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Meanwhile stars die silently

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What’s this attraction
Childish impossible gods
Exert over us?
Meanwhile stars die silently
Their passing left unremarked

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Depth Charge: I consider this poem to be a descendant of The long-dead stars though nameless and part of a continuing reverie on Oscar Wilde’s assertion that humans will believe the impossible before the improbable. As for the creepy photo accompanying this poem, it stands in front of the Carmelite Convent here in Montreal. The gates are usually locked, but every once and awhile we are permitted a peep.

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Flying is easy

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Flying is easy
When you are young—two strong arms
Are all that it takes
To lift you skyward—laughing—
Land you in a warm embrace

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October’s Lilacs

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Heart-shaped—hanging tough
Lilac leaves arrived early
Refuse to depart
Do they dream—but know not why—
Of springtime buds purple-white?

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Imagined Meteorites

Three Streetlights and the Moon on St. Low

Imagined Meteorites
(Lest We Remember)

The October wind strips the trees,
Exposes the relentless lamplights;
Their garish glow takes over once shaded streets,
Gives them the monotone appearance of public restrooms.

Although it is still two hours before sunrise,
I cannot see the sky for the streetlights’ glare,
So I must imagine it full of falling stars,
Each trailing its own bright thoughts behind it.

And in your own arcing fall into grace
Will you completely disappear, like many I have known,
Become a transitory meteor that never reaches earth,
Your very trace erased by this damnable, ever-present light?

Will you burn yourself out in memories of what you were,
Become an all too brief history that precluded your possible futures,
Or will you strike the ground hardened and black,
Freed by forgetfulness and the forgiving dark,
Full of alien elements and ineluctable dreams?

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One in twenty-four

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After the graveyard
Shift—you arrive bone-tired
Just an hour to sleep
Before you must work again—
I would warm your body more

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(for Cutty)

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