FANTASTIC DANCE

His ascension came twenty-one days to the day he left his beautiful body. A silhouette was all that we could define through the sun drenched smile he wore. It is impossible to mistake his world-class smile for that of any other. A starlight flurry of goodness blotted out the pain of our broken hearts just…

KING OF THE GOLIATHS

In various shades of suede stood Rex, King of the Goliaths. The Great Dane beauty had lived his life according to universal laws. Kilos of muscle, tendons & fierce intelligence griped the cliffs to Heaven’s Gate. Behind him, carrying a pail of lotus leaves, galloped Alex. I loved him for that.  I witnessed a field…

PROUD OF MY PRIDE

  I am a Lion, a child of the Sun. I’m proud of my pride and royal blue blood. I listen to all but answer to none. I am a Lion with wings on my sides. I use them to flee but never to hide. I’ve known sorrow and wonder. I have laughed and I’ve…

PRAYING MANTIS WIDOWED BLACK

A diva doused in deep scarlet diamonds, black sable, and hair electric blue, held her place before me as our elevator fell free from the top of the World Trade Tower. Between heaven and hell, I fell in love. This much I could feel, this much I was sure of. I felt shame at being…

ROGER, COPY THAT

I watch his hands move with loving precision over the Cessna’s instrument panel. It is hard to trust someone even when you have no choice. I know that an eight-inch piece of aluminum and a diesel engine are all that keeps my brother and I suspended over the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge. It is a…

Mitchell Ray Walden by Scott Utley

Mitchell Ray Walden   October Sixteenth, 1965 October Eleventh, 1995   Here Lies Interred the body of Mitchell Ray Walden Who Suddenly Departed This World On The Eleventh Day of October Anno Domini Nineteen Hundred And Ninety Five In The Twenty-Ninth Year of His Age Just a boy He’s just a kid The most bedazzling spirit…

CITY OF ANGELS

From this primordial caldron, sulfur and nitrogen compounds fume, ghost-like, into the ether. Here is where stars are born and here is where they die. Here, a lizard is apt to check you out up & down as fast as a rattlesnake can rattle. Here is where the trickster Coyote crosses my path. No matter…

FOR ELENA ~ ДЛЯ ЕЛЕНЫ

FOR ELENA Should the scorching heat of love’s desire sear my spirit’s flesh, I shall dress it in a balm made from the nectar of your soul. ДЛЯ ЕЛЕНЫ Должен ли палящий жар желания любви Мертвое тело моего духа, Я одену его в бальзам сделано из нектара вашей души.

THIS MOON TONIGHT

There is no way you can avoid this moon tonight. Do you hear me? There is no way you can avoid this moon tonight. At this moment, He is framed by my giant regal avocado tree in bloom. There is the face of Buddha in His. That is very clear. Or should I say, ‘He is…

A NIGHT SUCH AS THIS

On a night such as this in a land far away came the Raven ~ joyously surfing the warm winds of night, a breathtaking sight, such effortless might mocking the dusk with her spellbinding flight. A luminous bird with jet black bright eyes. The truth in her passion seared holes in the sky. She held…

HAWK & THE RAVEN

I recall full moon silver upon frosted eves & glassine dew upon sycamore sleeves. Sagacious spiders, masters of weave, slept snug & warm beneath an eave. The creek roared fierce with a late spring rain. All things full must surely wane. Perpetual blossoms should not be sad, yet I cannot sing when I am mad….