Posted in Before the Rain


Subtraction –
= addition in reverse
= moving backwards = undoing
= minus (-) : most trusted helpmate of revision.
Infinite subtraction
returns infinity … to zero.

Divorce – marriage – love – error of judgment = single
single – divorce – hatred – loser husband/wife = new marriage.

A man once told me,
he was solely responsible for electing George W. Bush,
after the invasions and the wars,
everyone claimed not to have  …. “so it must have been me.”
Conscience – polling booth choice = absolution.

I almost missed it,
in Saturday’s paper, 8cm x 8cm.
‘We seek ….’
It was the perfect job. It still would be.
I saw it over 30 years ago,
and wanted it. I still would.



Most of my life has been spent on the bench, occasionally called into the game by extravagance or attenuation. Waiting has turned a loner into a recorder - nondescript and inconsequential, more not noticed than overlooked - the non-vantage point of children not yet considered old enough to understand. Orphaned Islands (Un)poetry is a lifetime of picking anecdotes up and not throwing them away. Stories collected like odds and ends placed in a box in the basement, the garage, the garden shed - uncertain as to what their use might be but knowing that one day there might be one.