Monthly Archives: July 2015

With the Dawn

With the Dawn


Admiration for those able to discover

sublimation in the tracks left by coyotes

in the snow; envy, as well, when one

captures the scent of honeysuckles in bloom

on a balmy July twilight. Here, beneath

sodium lights and stale cigarette smoke,

beauty assumes different gradations.

Across, always

across the room, someone stirs

an amaretto sour they have been nursing

for over an hour, each sip a prayer to lesser gods

from the pantheon of loneliness. Each time

a couple leaves, the glass empties a bit. Another

follows another before the lights

send the solitary out into the shadowscape.

Before the sun

spreads warmth to staggered patches of asphalt,

I will stop and breathe deep the diesel fumes

of my people in this concrete wilderness,

and I will feel gratitude when I see the streetlights

flicker on once more.


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Polyhedral Arcana


Polyhedral Arcana





take many forms.

Punish the bad ones;

smash them with a hammer

if they constantly roll low.

Kiss or blow on them with each roll.

Never touch another gamer’s dice!

Good ones deserve a separate dice bag,

maybe chainmail. Others? Crown Royal bag.

Anoint new dice with holy bourbon—

the higher the proof, the better.

Stack them up in-between rolls.

New character? New dice.

Pray to Great Nuffle.

Encourage them

with whispers;

chant, then


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