Charlie Brown

A kite in the tree
the crab apple tree
Want to get it down
the kite is stuck
and you only shrug
Say “Let the dog in”

This is your life
Charlie Brown

A Monarch in the tree
the kite is a Monarch
Stuck in the tree
In the crab apple tree
Still you only shrug
Say, “Let the dog in”

This is your life
Charlie Brown

Look at that kite
Up in the tree
This is important
The kite stuck in the tree
Again you only shrug
Say “Let the dog in”

This is your life
Charlie Brown

But Chuck is stuck
Up on a tree
He is no Monarch, no kite
in the crab apple tree
Finally you only shrug
Say, “Let the dog in”

This is your life
Charlie Brown.

A kite in the tree
the crab apple tree
Want to get it done
The kite is stuck
Finally, you shrug
Say, “Let the dog in”

The Monster Behind the Door

Behind the door, open almost always
are small black puffs of Labrador hair
flecks of white, red from a couple pits
maybe a strand or two of husband/wife
brown, his being a bit darker than hers
a small but growing mass, protected
behind the door, open almost always
hidden from view and from broom
which too infrequently makes rounds
a mass of hair, gathering unto itself
like a beast gestating in a dark lair
unleashed only by closing the door

 

Sleep

Floating on foam with a memory
under cover of aviary clothes
Pulled up just right to chin

Laying on snoreless left side
Preventing midnight elbowings
adhesive strip stuck to nose

Mean morning siren set to blow
at the time it was told to go
it’s screech bottled for now

Two mutts curled on pillows
running down sleep’s rabbits
yipping in rhythm to feet

Slipping further from noise
from tightening shoulders
and the detritus of day

Kite — A Poem about Feeling Hopelessly Stuck

A kite in the tree
the crab apple tree
Want to get it down
the kite is stuck
and you only shrug
Say “Let the dog in”

This is your life
Charlie Brown

A Monarch in the tree
the kite is a Monarch
Stuck in the tree
In the crab apple tree
Still you only shrug
Say, “Let the dog in”

This is your life
Charlie Brown

Look at that kite
Up in the tree
This is important
The kite stuck in the tree
Again you only shrug
Say “Let the dog in”

This is your life
Charlie Brown

But Chuck is stuck
Up on a tree
He is no Monarch, no kite
in the crab apple tree
Finally you only shrug
Say, “Let the dog in”

This is your life
Charlie Brown.

A kite in the tree
the crab apple tree
Want to get it done
The kite is stuck
Finally, you shrug
Say, “Let the dog in”