Monday, January 30, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Small stone - Jan 28

At halftime the girl's team all come onto the court.
They grab the practice balls from behind the boys'
bench and try to palm the ball. One girl can do it,
showing off her blue nails, others spill the ball,
and one simply holds hers in an upturned hand.
Laughing, they pose for a photo, then scatter
as the boys reemerge from the locker room.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Small stone - Jan 27

From below the polished wood of the bar
the man in dreadlocks pulls a gleaming can.
The first taste of Strongbow hits my brain
with a buzz that makes everything seem better.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Small stone - Jan 26

Thousands of CDs to catalog
gifted children of hard labor and hope
now sloughed off in stacks of arbitrary value
Ten dollars, five dollars, one dollar
Free.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Small stone - Jan 25

The basketball coach is a colossus,
fully six-feet-seven. Yet he stoops
his head, pulls his limbs inward, like
a box turtle in a giant green turtleneck.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Small stone - Jan 24

In a darkened hallway somthing sharp
bites into my bare left foot.
Reaching down, I discover one half
of a dull white tooth...