JUMP THE MOON

Cashing in On yesterday’s pain Like a bag full of empty beer cans Turn them in For cash back Recycling The Needle and the Spoon Met up with the Candle at high noon And no one Saw them Jump the Moon All the King’s men And all the kings horses All went around the bend…

ANTHONY

They have lived there for near twenty years She was a single mother She raised her kids on her own Like so many others here On this side of the river The workers have been there for about a week now New windows and carpets fresh paint There was an old beaten down couch And…

ONE SHOT AT A TIME

Like ice cream trucks Singing songs out In some neighborhoods Here In my neighborhood We hear Nearby POLICE Gun Range Shots ringing out M-16’s AR-15’s M-4’s MP-5s BRRRrrrap, BRRRRRrraaap BBBRRRAAAppp Popopopopopop Beretta Glock Smith & Wesson 5.56 9mm .40calibre .357 Magnum Sounds of freedom and safety Boom boom boom boom Everyday all day Just like…

200 BLOCKS EAST LAKEWOOD

Where you see Wore out busted up cars And overgrown yards Filled with weather faded toys And shopping carts on the cracked sidewalks Apartment complexes and empty lots Run down rental homes I see Third hand chariots of hope Green worlds for children’s imaginations Dogs and playthings still well loved Signs that someone got dinner…

TEN YEARS OLD AT THE LAKE

The Lake was a safe place for us Wild little barefoot kids Bronzed by the sun running everywhere Campfire cooking gigging frogs Counting stars and listening to the water kiss the shore It was like some Huckleberry Finn vision of Paradise The dog Dion probably had the most fun Once we set to camp he…

NOT A HERO

I cheated On you And you And even you I had all the justifications Lined up Enough To last a lifetime Enough To get away with it One more time I’m not the hero Or the victim Of these sad stories Despite what my ego Keeps trying to convince me It didn’t take much arm…

IT WAS EITHER HWY 93 OR HWY 318

I was on Hwy 93 Or maybe it was Hwy 318 I was lost somewhere between Great Basin National Park And some little desert town called Caliente The old ’72 Nova was on its last legs It was faded from a blue To a grayish silver and rust colored wreck It fit right in here…

A NEW SUIT

They took measurements today length of arm and leg width of chest shoulders; waist and around the neck…. They tell me it’s for my new suit but I know better they never measure my feet you wont see those in the bottom of the box ©workingclassproduction.com 2015

TRUTH IS LIFE IS

Truth is life is… Road kill and passing cars Nothing more than jaws full Of ragged sharp teeth Always gnashing slobber and hot breath At the base of your neck Waiting for that one little misstep Trip up just enough For the maw to catch up To consume devour Grow bigger stronger On the grinding…

HOT WHEELS

Hot Wheels race tracks Safety orange Synthetic snap back cracks Laid across the backs Of Ass and legs Insured That I learned From past mistakes That was the last Christmas That I had any interest In Hot Wheels Or Matchbox Or cars in general Generally Speaking With the exception of the General Lee And the…

AND YOU TOLD ME

And you told me (reminded me) of Hunger- how far these seeds have wandered have spread. So few words left to grow our garden choking upon tough weeds leather skin clad skeletons hung in closets of the mind We are the tenets of the Yesterday dream lost drifting away like gossamer in the fierce sun…

DOG TAILS IN PARADISE

The Gun promised paradise in the pale moonlight parables stuttered in the wind no wise men to answer the riddles or to guide us past the burning street lamps A baby and mother both cry as she presses child to a dry tit of desperation that once carried the milk of paradise while somewhere a…