Author Archives: caroompas

About caroompas

musician, poet, songwriter, day job toiler, political junkie

Fall Ballet

A voice tumbles out of a secret wind; there is no shelter. Darkness settles like a friend; exquisite blanket. A boy trembles in a doorway, waiting. Siren wails somewhere deep in the city. No sun today can break the certainty … Continue reading

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Redline

She stares at me without looking, without even knowing she stares and me at the bottom of the stairs waiting for a moment, for a second hand minute to ring the bell and rain will fall again if not sooner … Continue reading

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Medication Junkyard

It’s a game I’m pretty good at; take a bite, find the delight, crave it and just try to walk away. You’ll cry all day and night and finally cave and there is always another doctor, another friend to lend … Continue reading

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Safeway Meditation

Those twisty ties are my soul tonight, keeping the bag closed around the goods but tenuously and without much design – my pear-shaped organs and lettuce-like lungs all converged beneath this melon head (but above the stalks, the tubers) any … Continue reading

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Passage of Minute Empires

Dynasties that have blossomed and fallen in the course of today, relegated now to internal history lessons and the oversight of a less-than-generous gatekeeper, they lie smoldering or overgrown or crumbling, over-serious empires that came to see themselves as righteous … Continue reading

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Ticking

Terminal, a place to wait for the ride – a river hard and wide, come on: juxtapose the poetry with the prose – you matter in the pan and the fire and you matter after (thus the laughter) so quit … Continue reading

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Novel

Subject: the hurricane of your heart. Object: the red-hot stone. Article: the perfumed scarf around my memory. Motivation: the answer to taut and swollen flesh. Obstacle: mountains, horses, clear-running winter rivers. Protagonist: divine heart beating out a sunrise. Antagonist: my … Continue reading

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Horses

I ride a magnificent steed, white as steel breathing fire as it rears elegant frightening elastic ready to run no to glide no to fly on magic muscle barely straining over ground as hard as stone but soft after we … Continue reading

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The River

Sink into summer, as summer sinks into me, languid, half lost in vague heat, restless among this hissing kiss of brittle grass against my ear you disappear again, hair red a sunset rising against moon with Venus rising sit there … Continue reading

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Right After This

The shadow screams from distance, screams from light, screams invisible and sacred and scared in the middle of my workday, screams when silence runs the gamut. Rails smooth running right down the tube, slick sliding not quite silent and the … Continue reading

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