The Fifty Cent Tour

Sunday, January 25, 2015

paper doll

Image via Magpie Tales

you caught
the stars left handed
tossed 'em back
eyes twinkling
before the sun realized
they were gone

blowing
out your fingers
like candles & cracking jokes
(so i wouldn't worry)
you couldn't hide
what you were

2015-Rene

Sunday, January 11, 2015

tourist

Photo by Elene Usdin via Magpie Tales

girl
she said
it's time
you oughta go

dig
a hole
& unscrew
the anchor

check
yourself
out & pay
what you owe

give 
up the
landline
all of your keys

whittle
life 
down
from one hundred

to free

2015-Rene

Saturday, January 3, 2015

yards


Image via Magpie Tales 

put it on
out there
labels facing north
truth in the wind
catch the neighbors
spinning up yarns
then you strut
&
reel it on it

2015-Rene


Sunday, December 14, 2014

bon voyage

photograph by Robert Doisneau via Magpie Tales


welcome traveler

your desire
is not lost
in translation

here's a postcard
in the mother
tongue

a scrapbook
memory from a
brighter sun

2014-Rene


├ętouffer

photo via magpie tales

i am okay
i guess

i do hope
& suppose

don't you think so?

if only
your voice could lift me

i would run
hard

into silence

2014-Rene

Sunday, November 30, 2014

fizz

Escher via Magpie Tales

your smile
invincible,
elastic

a soap bubble
gibraltar
rising
under an origami
ribcage

or maybe it's just gastric!

2014-Rene




Sunday, September 7, 2014

charmed

moths ( via Magpie Tales )


if i could
i would steal
the sun 
& the moon
swallow them whole
and 
call off the morning

if i could
i would tell you 
everything 
i've done 
or failed to do
 letting the night fall down
unpinned & unafraid

if i could
i would be the star
of your 
40 watt galaxy
& never the moth burned
in the pull
 of your gravity

2014-Rene

Sunday, August 17, 2014

10,000 lakes


Yell Sound, Shetland, 2014, R.A.D. Stainforth


time flew
though
just for a few of us

the rest stayed
stuck between rocks
& sand art ultimatums

beautiful sunsets being the reason

oh how we hastened
That Grand Goodbye, but...
oh how we lingered to go

2014-Rene

Sunday, August 10, 2014

north

keith haring via magpie tales


so which way
are you up for?

have you got yourself
a hunch
or a notion?

go on and
twirl your own
pinwheel signpost

or hop a ride
on a boxcar
sideshow

so which way
are you up for?

your toes
tripping up on
compass roses?

true north is
them good shoes
that brought you

through narrow streets
that defined &
confined truth

so which way
are you up for?

blaze a trail
that inspires
& ignites hope

light a fire
for the lost
to come find you

so which way are you
up to, which way
are you up for?

2014-Rene

Sunday, August 3, 2014

in the wink of a cowgirl's eye

Elizabeth Taylor on the set of "Giant"- photograph by Frank Worth


it's all in the wrist
these ol' rope tricks

what the arm
dangles

is merely
an accessory

a way
to pass the time

while i spin you
violet wild & plum dizzy

it's all in the eyes
this ol' cowgirl throws

a quarter inch 
of batted lash

goes for miles & miles of...
goodness knows

 2014-Rene