“Alternate”

wolfish archetypes
stand-off streets,
hawk coloured glass
and candy cigarettes.

stretch the verse
thin your meanings,
speck in the moon
wax about reflections.

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“Bookshelf”

the titles reached up high,
the mountains of fantasy
dominating the upper reaches
in long stretches of hard-to-say
names and strange england-like
lands, then came the crime
in black-and-white city streets
and men with eyes too haggard,
then bright-souled coming of age
novels, asking for optimism and love.

at the bottom sat the poems
tucked into notebooks.