Archive for March, 2010

within mine spindly bloom

cotton thistle

crevice and protected cave: womb, bellybutton, orifice, vagina

big belly built to hold all the painful love snaking through miles of intestines

soft and flowering, crab-like lungs

This is a nest. Two cupping palms. Insides resting in support and moving outwards.

who knew it’d be purple?

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“The ground submits to the sky and suffers whatever comes. Tell me, is the Earth worse for giving in like that?”

– Rumi

scraping the bottomest bottom

this shall pass.

to be swallowed up again fondly

by the intricate beauty of it all

[keep on, Virginia. keeponkeeponthiswillpasskeeponyou’reok . . ]

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Cupping Tuna Vapors

I am hopeful that I can dispel these false notions

but I don’t know how long it will take

how many lives I’ll interfere with in the process –

paths to be dismantled with my own personal artillery.

Nothing worse than an idiot with a pocketful if innocent grenades.

The cards tell me something is ending and hint that it’s false clingage

i hope it’s my ignorance

The moon says quit complaining show gratitude and let go of olds

old woundings

scores of eldersores


where’s the puzzle peaces falling into place? I’m looking for that lock-click offering

the pads of my feet on the mat

I’m looking for home.           Settling. Alast, rest. Beauty assuredness of beauty

promising not to fear

or schmear

myself too thin


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I have been meaning to write you and say you’re not crazy. I am really sorry for how I must have treated you last summer. I just re-read the email you sent me last fall and a lot of the things you said rang true. Even my response to that was cold and unfeeling. Since we parted, I met someone last September who basically reaffirmed all of your complaints. He’s used the phrase “hot and cold” to describe how I behave towards him. The hard thing is, I don’t do it on purpose and I’m not even aware when and how I’m doing it. I have begun to conclude that I must be an incredibly selfish person. Essentially, I am incredibly attached to an idea of independence and freedom, and the moment I sense any infringement on that I go haywire. I tend to demonize the thing or person that seems to be impinging and this results in me treating them like an enemy and/or making them feel like they are an inconvenience to me. Making them feel like their needs are wrong or unimportant if they conflict with mine. In sum, my attitudes and false attachments to some arbitrary and probably unattainable notion of independence results in me making people who are close to me feel like shit if their own defenses aren’t strong enough. Even worse, my nature disarms people from their senses first, because I am open and nurturing with the effect that people trust me in response to my seemingly loving, blatant honesty.

It’s a huge contradiction. On the one hand, I crave real human connection, honesty, openness, support, and love. On the other hand, I shut down when people take me up on the offer. I run away. I close off. I make them insecure. Even Shannon has told me the reason she remains my friend is because she “admires my independence” and had to come to terms with the fact that I wasn’t going to pick up when she called and I’d get in touch with her when I wanted to.

I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I don’t want to be a person of empty promises. I have an inkling that my notion of independence is entirely false and I need to eradicate my destructive relationship with that notion. None of us are independent, after all. We are all products of the universe, inherently brothers and sisters with everything from the grass on the ground to the hair on our neighbor’s toes. I must realize that gaining the responsibility of establishing truly loving relationships is not a limitation in any sense. Quite the contrary, it should work to set everyone involved free.

I’m just having trouble with this, though. I feel like I can begin to conceptualize it, but that isn’t enough. How to internalize it. How to live it.

What I’m saying is this: I realize that I hurt you. In doing so, I also imprisoned myself. That explains why I began to feel that I didn’t like who I was around you. I haven’t fully analyzed any of the particularities so unfortunately I can’t articulate them for you. But you are right; I’m liable to end up very lonely if I don’t solve the barriers I face internally which prevent me from letting people love me and vice-versa. Hopefully my life’s nowhere close to ending because I’ve got a long way to go and lots of learning to endure.

Love from a friend who gets down,
who clowns,
who trips and falls,
who’s trying to do some kind of best. And failing a lot. But making some progress, I like to think.

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too many inroads

my brain awash in the dishwater, peanut-butter floaties and no-names leaving skids and skuzz and goop millipeders thick on my hollowed skull basin.

Making friends with writers. Internet fighters. Burning through new karma and leaving what? behind

CONcentrate on trying not to hurt yourself.

distract from the urge to maim

your body’s nothing but a speck anyway

what determines its use for any fewl?

What determines your right to look in the mirror, girl, and to judge what you’ve seen there? Mostly it’s this out-of-body understanding that’s not I. pleading eyes

Yet the shirt comes up each time

an examination of how much has accumulated lately

and why my skin’s noticing the mazecage of this belt\noose

Where’s the rubbin spots? What shapes am I making now. How can I blow

or bust through the rocks of this hard earth. Sinking


drooping to crispen, a christened burning of sallow cremation

nowhere for these ashes spreading.

I feel even my dishonesty must be dishonest.

Too lies make a truth?

which personage belongs here anyhow and why come none are physically recognized.

writing seems to make everything realness, like I need that recordation.

I get it: everything that happens has a consequence. Con. CON CON CON. A negative. A trick.

the other side

I am a living CONsequence, rife in CONtradiction


I have CONditions. One in a moment, millions at a time. “Condition.” Akin to disease or rather experience? Guidelines? Condition; Softness.

billions of one suggested coughing-blood cottony incident.

It’s like,

you’d ask me who I am

when the answer’s a constant fluid, ripping through a plastic bag into a fireplace.

not to mention blasting past any hands outstretched to catch

lightning in the sand, becoming then an iced sculpture skulking saltward, ebbing out.

Or an answer seems not to make sense

because the opposite seemed also to be true, simultaneously.

How unusual and unlike lifelike (.)

what a damn nuisance it is to be ignorant –

or greater, to have knowing and deal with the ignorant. Tolerate them. Mistakenly love them when their naivety prevents them from weaving a net underneath you in return.

Is that too simple?

what frustration. More, what ache. What selflessness to take the hand of some dirty girl, embittered and caked in the cum of wrong-cousins

spider-eyed with doubt that one can ajar minus defense.

Boy, I don’t know. I just feel tired. And seeing that this love’s developed in me and a crater in you, like I scraped your earth to shape my own thirsty pyramid-

scraping, with a wooden spatula, the man’s tongue clean out at the dance-hint of a threat. Like he was going for an imaginary gun, truly just a statue inside a stranger’s car: a tool for lighthearted relations.

If that is what I have done, (and I have, but perhaps not finitely) I wish you’d pirouette away, wispy-dancing in the clouds like you belong amongst the pink harnessed satins and richness of beyond. A Gate to that place. The OUT sign: exiting a fence into an open field, where cows and folks and caterpillars merge together steaming like the bed of a forest floor



you’ve BecOME.

I just wanna be a pile of leaves after all. exhaling fermentation

I just wanna crouch down mid-dancing, catch a bloody baby in my arms while crying tears and bouncing

smoothie up the coming placenta

and gullet it one swift popeyeGulp.

I just wanna clean my bowl with soup

and drink my urine on repeat

till I’ve sweated-breathed-hoped it gone.

Then shrivel.

disappearing with a trebling PUH of a leaf letting go; the dried up umbilical cord dropping off and getting snapped up by the next wolf who manages to scrounge by.

I offer this to the hungry ghosts; all centuries of them dwelling inside of me. Those which I transferred to you when we pricked the insides of our elbows and pressed the mothersunspots together



throbbing and cantankerous sexperiments


I am sorry we passed more than blood in that bodily exchange.

maybe if we’d known we wouldn’t have opted

to drink all the sins and gas from centuries past.

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Heart Cave

Cross-posted from the tumblrs of my darlings Remi and Vanessa.

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Disturbing the Piggery

Virginia is bigger than her skin
when she dances in swift turns
she speaks from a grander place
than her size should permit
Virginia whose deftness of thought and feeling means
she seems to understand me whether I speak clearly or not
whether I speak English or not
whether I speak or not


– Owen J. Harris

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