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Nuts upon which to wrench
this one looser, this one tighter, ah
a field of these happily adjustables
spread out reflecting in some morning
oblique light enough to prevent focus
rows of shining facets wanting turned
and I'm the one to turn them I say
1d · 99
The Time I Have
The time I have elicited
elongates or even
telescopes to this' end

Reaching into the dark
bag of tomorrow
disappears my hand

Could it be on you
forever dismembered
leading a happy second

dancing in neural halls
now imagined in mine
absurdly drawn
2d · 38
The Water
You've got a clef in your note
just there, use your banjo
or guitar to pick it out

you have to scream and then
they say, you have to shout
it's very certain to work it all out

I'm an orphan of endorphin
pharmacologically uncertain
about to dissolve it all out

You see these waves washing up
you see this shore of heart
weathering about everything

you know it wants to sleep
you know it wants to keep
and listening, it turns around

the water, the momentum of ought to
thrown against hard tomorrow
halt is ground out
Nov 20 · 46
Clam Bay
Dennis Willis Nov 20
Bang a slang gang
I have to rhyme a crime
cram a frambe' hey
big brain in a sleigh
what is a frappe
anyway
say
I have
to hey

I'm down here
tapping away
Nov 20 · 25
Cup O'
Dennis Willis Nov 20
I am spilling out
here in a chair
hair above
nothing there
not even square
speeding some
where is away
from I heard
from I am
from

that excavation
is done

as is you could
brush away

the crumbs from
your smile
and be happier
Nov 20 · 44
a Gain
Dennis Willis Nov 20
I'll take this space
adequately filled
with no one

And I'll drown it
introspectively
with ire

Conspicuous
consumption of
high regard

of breathless absence
and your presence
so willful

straining against
flitting away
from here
Nov 16 · 54
|Thinking of a Poem
Dennis Willis Nov 16
I am thinking
of a poem
I might
write someday
that is so good
you will
love it
and
tell everyone
and then
I will
be happy
Nov 16 · 30
Nailed It
Dennis Willis Nov 16
this is my goal
head drooping
nearly unconscious
barely able
to get up
and collapse
into bed
darkness
Nov 16 · 42
Ways2theSide
Dennis Willis Nov 16
This is a nevermind write
something I started without
a light
Something I push on am not
pulled|And I recoil here
And run off.  Or try.
What cravenous
keeps me here
incongruous with the night
and your desires
Nov 16 · 145
Thas a Moment
Dennis Willis Nov 16
Searching thru the
"there is"'s I might employ
there is a way
there is a thing
there is a certain
and flipping 'em over
I find the lifter
of I am telling you
the penetrant  
of the membrane
invading
every molecule of now
you sitting knees up
happy in that chair
there
Nov 13 · 232
If So
Dennis Willis Nov 13
I can't write
I can lie
I can pay attention
in the wrong direction
and raise questions
that do not care at all

because you
are safe aren't you
I can't ring your phone
or rap on your door
to ask about your hate
hidden smirk appears
Nov 12 · 32
Waterline
Dennis Willis Nov 12
This is how high the river got, he said
pointing to the line at my head level
half way up the door frame

This rising above which I hold my head
Marking its climb in lives bright line's end
and the thrashing about of my protests

These slashes and the abruptness of missing
Limbs of my life, upon which I have clambered
thinking them permanent turned out other

Time is a razor working tirelessly at trimming
away everything to make room for everything
and I am just these lines moving out of sight
Nov 8 · 531
Notions 11
It came to get me
this notion of you
dragged me over
some rough road
Nov 8 · 82
Still Lazy
If I stay fed up
you know I won't
Nov 8 · 40
I Wonder
why does it hurt
just there
when I press in
like this
Nov 8 · 52
Please
These hatreds I feel towards you
since you're rich and good looking
and lucky; enough to have my envy
in your packed pockets too

What comfortable shoes you wear
strolling magnanimously through
my imagination my inflammation
my constitution my restitution

Yet you sit in your small space
and wonder at my accusations
wonder at your own perniciousness
and why you haven't recognized it before

it's that you lack imagination specifically mine
it's what writes you in and out of confusion
it's what gripes you into roles so guilty you may as well
resign now and admit I've got you
Nov 5 · 45
Ink?
So I went to the gods
and beseeched them
to give me more ink

they laughed mightily
and gave me a lifetime's
before going digital
Nov 4 · 409
Some Thirst
I've run out of sober
and am left
with inebriated

Sober, what art thou
I'm wondering
with Sarsaparilla

To a tee
I fit
some feeling

And it isn't
the one
you think

It's closer
to one
you drink

with sunshine
I am
slaking
Nov 4 · 224
Dang, ling
On my way here
waiting for the box
I forgot the line
that I thought of
Oct 30 · 117
Favorite Lies
Dennis Willis Oct 30
I'm successful
I have my **** together
I'm not alone
You'll read this far

What are your favorite
lies to tell?
Oct 30 · 25
That Should Do It
Dennis Willis Oct 30
I don't even
like my stuff
anymore
unwrite unwrite
unwrite
Oct 30 · 31
Eh Since
Dennis Willis Oct 30
There is a spender
in the attic
of time and silly
ness as if it was
essing on thru
yesss I borrowed that
an' won' give it back
Oct 28 · 194
I Live in Fear
Dennis Willis Oct 28
When I am out in here
and think of things
I can say to you there
I'm not here nor there
I am nowhere
and talking about
being there
as if it were
somewhere
and its always
too hot there
Oct 28 · 76
Say
Dennis Willis Oct 28
Say
If I were gentler
these are the
things I would
Oct 27 · 43
Dear Reader
Dennis Willis Oct 27
This latest poem is early
and burley
and surly
and isn't going to sit still
for any nonsense from you
Dear Reader
Check that reaction
that exaction
That Narrowing down
past my crafting hand
to your wanting
your line here

Or something
of piercing beauty
like you
Oct 26 · 47
Sornyom
Dennis Willis Oct 26
Sornyom Ah nisbaum
anabow muh hannem
you are welcome here
Oct 26 · 72
He Sit Ate
Dennis Willis Oct 26
In the wrong place
Oct 26 · 333
Meant
Dennis Willis Oct 26
I'm not sure how to stop you
from reading further
Oct 26 · 34
Gen
Dennis Willis Oct 26
Gen
I'm already broke down
and it's a good thing
I've been afterthoughted
left bobbing along here
by the wave of time
eddy my new exciting friend
has my head spinning
that's when I thought of you
needing something
I could see from here
your hidden longing
and if I just acknowledge it
I take part of it with me
and you exhale or inhale
and we all know
Oct 22 · 175
Bro
Dennis Willis Oct 22
Bro
Will this sound
ever catch up
with your vibe

is this still
part of you
vibing

you always
remain part
of the universe

really not
sure about
the multiverse

this verse
however
carries  you
Oct 21 · 48
Unhappen About That
Dennis Willis Oct 21
I reject your rejection
now what
I combat your
combativeness
fooling no one
I'm negative
on negativity
particularly yours
I perpetrate myself
further on
forcing a happening
upon happening
I'm thinking
it's laughing I'm
not happening
Oct 21 · 41
Take Up
Dennis Willis Oct 21
We should never
create a hate campaign
I heard a politician say
on Amanpour and Co.

They say it is not hate
we just love how we are
Love which excludes
is the same as hate
Oct 20 · 30
Scalloped Moments
Dennis Willis Oct 20
scalloped moments
like following curves
on skin to our begin

again at losing our minds
we press in
for escape out
into not us
no longer
worried I

only something
wagging a sine wave
into a grinning day
Oct 19 · 313
Next
Dennis Willis Oct 19
This shattering light
showering through
the tips of our fingers
spraying out of diodes
off the backs of skulls
onto the backs of hands
with enough pressure
Oct 19 · 76
Approx
Dennis Willis Oct 19
I am undetectable
this is a castigation
of a perspective
I slip away from
we aren't seen here
at this synapse
as much as structural
the nuance is not
our nuance it is
how the weight
of our notes
shifting suddenly
derails every vein
and you and I
pump out
endlessly
maybe even
rhythmically as
far as we know
Oct 19 · 26
Clear
Dennis Willis Oct 19
This sip
of the firehose
will be the one

I can tell
by the feel
as it courses

I have on
one sock
my left

the language
has changed
again

hasn't it
this means
that

again
and I'm swimming
I think

upstream
by the lessening
scent of you
Oct 18 · 30
Not Knowing
Dennis Willis Oct 18
It's this hum that starts in me
that has to get out
that starts generating
feelings that sound
like words as
my back arches
shoulders stretch spasm
pulling my neck in
and then I type
and stare
spent
Oct 15 · 363
Anymore
Dennis Willis Oct 15
Answer my own question
swallow my own lie
lay here and die

Get up to pie
and toast
and coffee

Heave a great sigh
settle around
death's discomfort

Riddle me why
we husband these lies
paint 'em so high

they are nigh
to the wind
on scuppers of rye

all out
we cry
lay here don't cry
Oct 15 · 46
Young Single Mothers
Dennis Willis Oct 15
This world misses
the bodies
we stare out from
this midwife of life
so used so often
so alone outside
our enterprise
when they should be
the center
Oct 13 · 82
Why
Dennis Willis Oct 13
Why
If I wanted you to actually get it
I'd write it differently

I'm not going for
a touchdown

I'm going for
a distraction

That might lead to an
unraveling

Of something
you weren't aware

was raveled
and needed to be un
Dennis Willis Oct 13
Dear Father
I am having another birthday
number 54 without you

I remember what you said

I think I have been in that place

you told would exist

might be here now

Dear Mother
this is number 1
without you

I hope you are laughing
in some solar wind

riding photons *******
over North Dakota's snowy ground

as you spread through
these universe thin of life
Oct 13 · 31
Arriving Uncertain
Dennis Willis Oct 13
Arriving uncertain
that I want to be here
or anywhere really

well here is actually terrific
blah blah blah
my fingers are being hijacked

by feelings that don't know
where they are headed
just not just not can't say it

this taut band
snapping

Mollifiers appear don't they
saying sensible hate-able things

misplaced misplacements
accumulate on my imaginary fire

even if it is snail slow this is burning
down the rollicking house

typing in a safe space I imagine
such consternation

or am, not sure yet about prepositions
or today's direction

cardinal things undress
past wanting
Oct 12 · 177
S'wine
Dennis Willis Oct 12
I'll crush you

I'll crush you
an' your hard
mentionables

I'll crush you
unless you turn out
to be a higher form of life
which happens
really really often

Such that  you would think
I would get a clue
you worthless reader
and I am bereft of hope

barely can I type on
reporting the ebbing state
running my almost arms
onto  oh onto this forever
Oct 12 · 39
12
Dennis Willis Oct 12
12
Let's make it 12
for those who think
they aren't
able to save public
Oct 12 · 23
Resists
Dennis Willis Oct 12
The "write" button
resists my click
I've laid it on thick
10 times into
a satisfying click
I'm counting
you don't deeply
exist here
while there
I'm sure
you are 100 percent


you know
you
are not


therein
resistance
is hot

you scorch
Oct 12 · 70
|Sigh
Dennis Willis Oct 12
If I talk to the heat
above my head
it is of mayhem
and sage and rosemary
and the breathing in
of a chestful

Take yourself
in your arms
for a moment
don't admit
to a caress

Slink into some
darkness calm
delicious warming
envelopes and
you are still
Oct 12 · 27
What
Dennis Willis Oct 12
I prayed with them
at some alter
little knowing
Oct 12 · 54
Topia
Dennis Willis Oct 12
I've lent
myself out
and, later
drank
Oct 12 · 36
Hah
Dennis Willis Oct 12
Hah
Can I be in love with you
for a little while
I don't want
your whole life
that's too much
for anyone
but you

Can I recognize
Can I surrender
Can I stick my tongue
where I believe
it will do you
the most good
Oct 12 · 20
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