Crazy for Carol

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Crazy Carol is the most beautiful girl

I’ve ever seen, yet she is very alone.

She slinks around town with her dog

In that same old Goodwill ensemble

And is quite confused that everyone

Acts so nice and friendly to her face,

Yet no one wants to be a real friend.

Standing before her spider-webbed

Full-length mirror, she sees herself

Broken up into all those pieces and

Asks aloud, “Could it be the cracks?”

Well, maybe I’m crazy too, because

I’m falling for her, craziness and all.

alien world

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I remember when as a young boy

playing house pilot in my F-16

I would throttle back and

rapidly descend into

my mom’s junk

jewelry box

where I

would

glide

over

the

odd

world

of metals

and watches

and alien stones

and was so bewitched

I had to fire the afterburner

to make sure I’d clear the far wall

 

–photo by me

rewind

blue balloons

when day turns into night

and dark defines the light

imagination gladly serves

to commandeer our sight

 

we might see gory goons

or birthday boy balloons

intense phantasmagoria

or disneyesque cartoons

 

since all we see rewinds

soon every person finds

there’s consequences to

what we feed our minds

 

zombies

 

ghost town

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the ore is all gone

it was gone long ago

yet folks lingered on

they had nowhere to go

now even the ghosts

have dissolved in the heat

and the only things left

are this side-walk and street

 

i remember this street

on the fourth of july

as we stood on the curb

my best friend and i

with the firetruck’s lights

and their loud sirens on

but it’s history now

the ore is all gone

 

–photo by me