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The word: Fret

Disabled with a Dog

I am
a mobster of omission,
my fedora, sharp enough
to cut his witness throat.

But he is calm.
Nothing to witness,
nothing to fret.
He likes to say..
“Doing nothing is
a hard crime to prove.”

We wear down the day
together,
leaving only
the impossible repair of
unfaithful muscle,
broken promises.

He shows no conscience
about days of nothing,
pretends to sleep
through my apologies,
having leaned faithfulness
generations ago.

» Posted By Kevin Geraghty On January 18, 2018 @ 7:44 pm

The word: Voyage

Dinner, On the Road

If it was me out there,
I’d keep eyes on the squirrel,
not the cars.
Jump
some plump part,
search
bloody fur for a grip
Stay
in position to
Listen
for traffic.
Dodge
that pick-up,
Pull
meat and bone
toward the roadside weeds
Hope
my beak
has the lift it needs
to free organs from asphalt.
Our voyage can’t wait,
it’s time to
Swallow
that small smashed life
into mine.
Communion,
then flight.

» Posted By Kevin Geraghty On January 14, 2018 @ 10:10 am

The word: Generosity

I Belong to the North

The Canadian sky
becomes unframed
east of Calgary,
a full generosity of blue
stretches
roundly north
and only north.
My own eyes
feel the muscular pull.
East and west slant downhill
and the green muddy south becomes
only that land behind me.
I’ll follow prairie to tundra,
to ice that joins sky
the way an ocean can do
when the shore slides from view.
Today, I’ll find that place where
God’s lips inflate
the white world
with blue blessings.

» Posted By Kevin Geraghty On January 5, 2018 @ 5:18 am

The word: What if

Longest study ever

“Correlations suggested no significant stability of personality characteristics over a 63-year interval,” wrote the researchers.
What if…
“There is growing neuroscience research that suggests that our notion of a stable “self” is nothing more than an illusion,” wrote the researchers.
What if…

Personality….
the cash cow concept
may be running dry.
And who says a stable self,
a personality,
was ever our notion?
Your tool
Your weapon
Your way to fool us
into shrinking.
We are so used to
life in tiny boxes
we might not ever
stretch
Or ask
What if…

» Posted By Kevin Geraghty On December 31, 2017 @ 10:30 am

The word: Antiquarian

Creamy Irish charm
makes the rounds,

antiquarian brogue
wafts the terminal…

and then the whistling.

“A nice whistle” said I

“That whistle was
my father’s before me”
said he.
“And is it a visit to Ireland
or a coming home
that you’re about?”

“I hope it’s both”

“Then I’ll loan you a whistle”

» Posted By Kevin Geraghty On December 21, 2017 @ 12:26 pm

The word: Chapter

Leaving

I saw the last chapter start,
pieces of us
coming apart
your coat peeling off
with your heart
still in it.
I couldn’t feel happiness
in your skin.
I waited
…but you slept.
Every inch of thigh
of you
every too-large dream
of you
all the storm that
is you
was perfect
in fading light.
I wanted only to fade
that gently.

» Posted By Kevin Geraghty On December 13, 2017 @ 2:49 pm

The word: Crestfallen

The Sunday Visit

Meet the waiting
the wounded
their rubber-tipped props,
broken histories
have stopped.
“Mother is coming today”
“Help me find the way”
Missed buses,
missing spouses,
estranged shirt buttons,
they refuse
crestfallen mortality.
“Can’t you stay?”
“Let’s go home”

Not today.

» Posted By Kevin Geraghty On December 7, 2017 @ 6:42 am

The word: Peace

Sunrise

Sit long enough
to be blessed
in pre-dawn silver
not waiting
nor recording for
another time
only sitting to see
how a planet dances
around a star
How silver fades
to golden sunlight
and tight Aster petals open
in harmony
in peace
in honor of the
planet dance.
Sit long enough

» Posted By Kevin Geraghty On November 30, 2017 @ 4:07 pm

The word: Age

Age of Reason

You once knew the fortune
of tender pink skin,
free to touch
every bit of it,
commit every sin,
when you lived on the other side
of the age of reason.

You had to be told
of innocence
after it had
tumbled down the street,
outgrown, they said
never offered again…

Did you believe them?…

about the weight of
your free will
with no mention of
your wings
and all that sky
so high above you?

» Posted By Kevin Geraghty On November 22, 2017 @ 11:50 am

The word: Happiness

Leaving

I saw the ending start,
pieces of us
coming apart
your coat peeling off
with your heart
still in it.
I couldn’t feel happiness
in your skin.
I waited
…but you slept.
Every inch of thigh
of you
every too-large dream
of you
all the storm that
Is you
was perfect
in fading light.
I wanted only to fade
that gently.

» Posted By Kevin Geraghty On November 17, 2017 @ 1:24 pm

The word: Proactive

My Pink Pony

She Rides, naked and blind
the stallion
who was pink pony
just last week.
Restless in her body,
unsure of what it wants
when it wants to be seen
by sweaty men who smell
of green earth
and see her as blue sky.
Proactive moisture invites her in,
through caution words
now so thin,
she can breathe them aside,
ride and ride.

» Posted By Kevin Geraghty On November 8, 2017 @ 11:11 am

The word: Home

Same Old Home

I hate going home,
finding my bones
so carefully displayed
for me to see
the selves
rejected
left behind,
still wrapped
still waiting to say
“Told you so”.

» Posted By Kevin Geraghty On November 2, 2017 @ 9:42 pm

The word: Humanness

Salty humaness,
enough to sink and drown in,
clings to an eyelash.

» Posted By Kevin Geraghty On October 25, 2017 @ 7:43 am

The word: Love

I know you won’t agree
that I saw you bleed
more than
once
for my visions.
But I did,
and learned to open
my own veins
with razors so sharp that
scars don’t show,
or speak, nor remember
how easy you made it look,
with all your practice,
and heritage,
your swollen goodness.
I said “You’re the best person I know”
when I started
to measure myself.
It never moved me an inch…
until you scoffed,
looked at me
like I was empty.
Told me to learn
goodness with
some kind of grace.
I am at least
a little proud
of small thin scars,
a little surprised
to have learned
anything at all about love.

» Posted By Kevin Geraghty On October 20, 2017 @ 4:51 pm

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