We wear the mask that grins and li…
It shades our cheeks and hides our…
This debt we pay to human guile
With torn and bleeding hearts…
We smile and mouth the myriad subt…
When I was young, I used to
Watch behind the curtains
As men walked up and down the stre…
Young men sharp as mustard.
See them. Men are always
You drink a bitter draught.
I sip the tears your eyes fight to…
A cup of lees, of henbane steeped…
Your breast is hot,
Your anger black and cold,
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
They went home and told their wive…
that never once in all their lives…
had they known a girl like me,
But... They went home.
They said my house was licking cle…
I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.
Some declare their lives are lived
The highway is full of big cars
going nowhere fast
And folks is smoking anything that…
Some people wrap their lies around…
And you sit wondering
When you come to me, unbidden,
To long-ago rooms,
Where memories lie.
Offering me, as to a child, an att…
When I think about myself,
I almost laugh myself to death,
My life has been one great big jok…
A dance that’s walked
A song that’s spoke,
We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of lonelines…
until love leaves its high holy te…
and comes into our sight
Your smile, delicate
rumor of peace.
Deafening revolutions nestle in th…
Soft grey ghosts crawl up my sleev…
to peer into my eyes
while I within deny their threats
and answer them with lies.
Mushlike memories perform
Pretty women wonder where my secre…
I’m not cute or built to suit a fa…
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
Keen toed shoes
High water pants
Saddy night dance
Red soda water
The sun has come.
The mist has gone.
We see in the distance...
our long way home.
I was always yours to have.