City

An old woman gazes from a second

floor window as humidity rises

from cracks in the sidewalk.

 

Cars crawl in the street and

pedestrians race the red light

taking it green.

 

I walk slowly and gaze into

exotic shops stopping here

and there.

 

A gallery, a co-op, the news

stand, leather goods and a

coffee house.

 

I smell deisel fumes and stop to

watch a truck negotiating a

right-hand turn.

 

The old woman looks down at

me and says, “They always have

trouble on that intersection.”

Abstracts

Dark feelings,

fantastic meanings,

spirits uprising,

fantasy lying.

 

Journeys untold,

actions unfold,

fearsome avengers,

shysters and lenders.

 

Hearts agrieving,

manifest and seeing,

mindful willingness,

imaginary finesse.

 

Fanatical pleasure,

wanton treasure,

oddity and wonder,

souls to plunder.

 

Control of mind,

frontiers to find,

capable of wanting,

a mysterious haunting.