The Darien Gap

Darien drove a truck off a bridge
Right after he told me
He’d rather be eating seeds
Put it into gear no apologies

Darien and I would go out alot

One time we were in a club and a girl slipped and fell
When she was getting up well…

We saw it all. A’hem. Yea that.

We just stared and oh hell –

He thanked her.
He. He thanked her

The shallower the river, the deeper the flood

Darien drove a truck off a bridge and I’m sitting here thinking about him while you tell me about your day

Hey lady

I wanted to apologize
For taking notice only of
those eyes
All the years you bought them
Torn, the hidden clues
Those Lies
And the tears you sought them
Painted upside down

Born with baby blues
Skillfully how you made them brown

Thank you for changing the world
Making it to work on time
Despite the challenge to their game
I want to declare my pride
But I feel instead a sense of shame

All I can say is

You’re real pretty


In my house of detention
I see a field through the mirror

Out there a smiling dog

Chases a stick. Jumps up above the

Than disappears

A dog who smiled
Ear to ear
His jumps timed to my song
Though he can’t hear

“If you always look out the window, you’ll never go anywhere”
-first grade teacher

So I fly a plane

Worker bee

Today I left work early

Just got up and walked away no one even noticed.

Bob even smiled at me with stupid eyes

I went to a pool. Just sat in the water watching birds

They always know just what to say

A teenage boy arrived

Without hesitation, no testing the water just a plunge

Upside down. Cannonball Again.

Water in the ears. So what



I like the way the water sounds when it hits the filter

Heavy reigns

It rained a lot yesterday

Washed out the pile of dirt

Beside the driveway

I found your favorite toy

From when you were four

Remember him my baby boy?

You remember little firehorse?

That family vacation when we drove

About an hour away

You started crying, Couldn’t find him

But I wouldn’t turn back no way

That was the trip.

When you got sick

Things would never be the same

Firehorse was always there waiting to play

In the pile of dirt

Beside the driveway

Chamomile tea

I always thought you were a handsome man

Though I’d never seen you in a suit

Until you were laying with your eyes and mouth sewn shut in it

That final forced smile

The thing I pondered was your stubble

Forced through your chin like


we shared a sandwich. A jack n coke

Other things.

It wasn’t there yesterday

I guess hair still grows without our trying

I’m just waiting for the water to warm up