The Who’s Who

Red Dress Blue
Glasses and Cream Sweater
All-Black Suit
White Hair Red Jacket
Blonde Turtle–Light Blue
Floofy Black-on-Tan
Lavender-Gray over Black

White Hair and Beard
Black Jacket
Converse and
Large Cuffs
Sparkles on Red Socks
Dark Plaid and Coif

Suit and Tie, Sharp
Red Tie and a
Bald Spot
Brown Curls and Necklace
and a Very Large Beard

Kalypso

You may find her in the heart
of an island out at sea,
giant leaves fanning her,
little nymphs at her feet

and when you find her
you may bow to her,
sing her songs, give her treats
tokens she holds forever

even after you leave,
because you know you are destined to leave,
to keep looking
for some distant queen–

because something about
her being a goddess
makes you think
you want to stay

but nothing about
this island
appeases you quite
the same way.

First Day of September (2018)

And some leaves are already falling—
not red, not orange, not yellow, nor beautiful
but coarse, crinkly, and brown—
and already the air feels cooler, the breeze crisper
or was that just the placebo’s whisper?

Yes, this is best:
a cosmopolitan on the balcony
the leaves of the trees obscuring the sun
and your dog at our feet, warming his chest,
wagging his tail for anything, and anyone.

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Slut Queen Dreams

for Leslie King

I

Hey tickle tickle, the snail and the pickle
The rat meows in bed.
The street kitty barks, a rabid delight
And the snail crawls all over it’s head!

II

One, two, “I like you.”
Three, four, “Clothes on the floor.”
Five, six, “Got nude pics?”
Seven, eight, “He comes, you wait.”

III

Estrellas! Estrellas!
I call out to thee
Obscura! Obscura!
The nothingness I see

Viento! Viento!
Trembling in the trees
Tonight I wish a miracle:
For this fuck boy to text me!

IV

Slut Queen, Slut Queen
Had a little dream. First there was a pauper
Then there was a King.

Then they had a castle
Then they had a dream: two little babies
In their bed, asleep.

What Ever Happened to the Meatpacking District?

You listen to classical music and to the cars
which seem to carry the melodies of
Moonlight Sonata right before your very ears.
Even the construction workers beat in time.

You remember a time that seems
not so long ago, the goofy glasses from New Years Eve
in year 2000, which seem ancient now
along with flip-phones, candy jewelry,

and the idea of children playing
or walking to school by themselves.
I’m not sure if it was the transition from
child to teen, or something that happened

outside of me, that changed all that.
All I know is I’m tired, the whole city is tired
and history only serves to teach me
that some things just never change.

Erotic Romance Novels

1

Alfonso, Alfonso!
King of the Night!
Rest your head upon my bed, 
and never do take flight!

Your mouth is all but wanting
your eyes are full of spite
so take me here! yes, take me now!
to drown in love’s delight.

2

He dreamed of her hungry body,
that surging bed of hair—
she was passion, ready and willing,
a grand piano secret lover.

3

Juanito, principito,
darling of the wind and sea.
You come and go through my window
like a feral cat through the trees.

Oh, Juanito, stay a while longer!
I’m perspiring, can’t you see?
There’s something I’ve been wanting
to tell you…but first, kiss me, kiss me!

4

He lapped up her touch, her beauty,
he felt his loins ignite—
her lust was his doing, his duty, he thought
and like a man, he must do what he must.

5

“You savage!” she cried
as they ripped open burning 
desire, his big dog entwined 
with her eager breast—

her naked body barking at the moon—
she had been only “satisfied” until then
but then the doors flew open
and it was none other than—

6

Alfonso! Alfonso!
It’s not what it looks like!
We were just doing yoga
and this is how you do it right!

7

He dreamed of her virtuous body
her verses, her promises, their strife—
it seemed she had given them up
to make a pass at a bohemian life.

And so goes the recipe of love:
two parts treachery, three parts gin
a splash of lime juice and bitters
and just a dash of sin.

El Vampiro

I come to your house looking for you
but find only your middle child
seeking visions.
I call you by your given name.
You do not come out.
The doors are unlocked and
a
mangey
bird
sits
by the window you left open.
It says,
Camp out overnight! for surely
the man enamored by darkness
shall then return.
The life of the room is
antique
and
dusty
I clean on my hands and knees, &
at dusk, you finally call.
You were abroad with your mother
blood in your mouth & a coffin
by your bedside, a tiny demon
encroaching on her bagpipe womb.
I
thought
I
told you,
snarling at others is dangerous, but
you were never one to be afraid—
I knew it was trouble from the phone call
for your mother, who is dead,
only visits you when you are
suffering. I look through your things:
cards,
papers,
jewels,
they tell me where to find you.
I follow you to the bridge
where you are playing the hangman
and your mother is three birds on a beam.
I send a hand towards you—