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Nat Lipstadt Feb 26
a man privately asks, can you help?
you say, sure-no-hesitation

let me think on it for a day or two, he says
yet you act even before he comes back,
too late, you say, when he returns,
too late, he repeats in puzzlement,
yup, my check is in the mail,
cause one senses the need is dire plus,
plus you well recall the immutable obligation when  
a vague commitment of “just ask” was inked in a long ago message,
a poem born from/in the days when you slept in the car on the street

this vague promissory,
a more enforceable judgement in your own court of law
than any state construct or the judgmental eyes of a silenced god

word, honor, do.

thus it begins, an unwritten contract inked,
an egregious interest rate of 0% proffered and agreed,
commences a plain white envelope trickle,
a check inside, by postal mail, slowly it came,
month by month, inch by inch, Niagara Falls ^

years go by, and then comes a day,
when the accompanying check and its gift wrapped note says,
Paid In Full!

and so much for the tedious minutiae...

like kindness, I do,
Thank You and Your Welcome
are high on my list of proofs of
daily human extensions existential,

Paid in Full,
now rests at the top of the list

let me be blunt, the thrill of being a party
to a deal with no handshake, just coated in the
honorable words waterproof sealant,
with a person I likely may never meet,
made me so better assured of whom many claim I am,  
a mathematical proof revered and kept mind inscribed,
it was an aspirational ****, an unforeseen monthly blunt,
the best feeling good smile,
a kick in the pants about what really matters

being paid twice over and me,
getting by far,
the humanity confirmation,
the better half of the deal

write too often of honor,
and yet, will instinctual do again,
again overpowering my rays of will,
for there is no deflection, only reflection

for the glorious riches gifted and received,
without compare
the return on my honorable investment the best ever


oh brotherhood, oh brotherhood,
I am paid in the currency coined from brotherhood...
^ from a Laurel and Hardy routine
yup, true story
"This above all: to thine ownself be true"
which denies the escape
of being false to any human.”
Nat Lipstadt Nov 2018
strike my eyes lovely


for S. B.

by way of introduction,
when you have gone to confession,
freely admitting you have nothing left for others to harvest,
no seed to plant a new crop, and lies and laughter, interchangeable,
there is no poetry left, not even raisin scone crumbs,
one good friend informs that a forgotten five month old poem,
a computer has selected & resurrected, for distinction

so months later you snicker for you have been seriously
self-kicked away from writing, all your vocabularies,
trite and yellowed overused, and you read
really good poetry and are
slapped-seen-outed by the impoverishment of
your own no-winsome word-smithy,
no delusions, even this, but a-quick script, more a thank you note,
and it’s the only lasting quality is the
genuine nature of its intent
but the poem itself falls bottom of the cliff, short on quality,
a victim of your dissatisfaction

let me explain better

she messages you while the time difference works in her favor,
she reads while you sleep the sleep of the soul-exhausted,
she, scoffing at your claims of motivation deprivation,
as she cherishes this forgotten one,
with words that cannot be ignored

the poem

                 strikes her eyes lovely

daggered, this morning phrase cannot go unchallenged  

for this a compliment that any poet would
weep for, be inspired by, stung into action,
provoked, ego flattered and challenged to-do more-better,
what writer could want for anything more!

who can own this ability  
accept this ultimatum of success, a cross-word crucification

to strike down lovely
the readers eyes, almost all once,
almost excuses me forever
for trying and failing so many times

you smile
but not in the chest where
lovely
needs to strike you

for if you cannot strike the readers eyes again and again, then...
let the moment gleam, and then disappear,
again and again, stored but not restorative

11/21/18
Miami
Hazel May 2017
Klokken er 02:52
Jeg har lige røget en cigaret
Blå king's for at være præcis
Alt er mørkt omkring mig
På nær et rødt lys som garanteret lyser
mit ansigt op i mørket.
Jeg sidder en smule ubekvemt i
en rød sækkestol som matcher det eneste lys i rummet, lidt corny hvis du spørger mig!
Her sidder jeg så alene, men det gør ingenting, fordi regnen på ruderne får det hele til at fremstå levende, i et ellers dødt ***.
Klokken er nu 02:57, det er 5 minutter siden jeg begyndte at skrive alt dette.
-Hazel
Hvad skete der
Hvad fik jeg sagt
Hvilke tankestrømme spyttede jeg ud i dit lyttende ansigt
Tårernes aftryk, mærker jeg på min kind
Din lyd runger stadig i min øregang
Det du sagde
Satte sig på hjertet
Afgørelsen blev aldrig gjort
Gør den nu?
Jeg vil ikke glemme
Men lad os pakke det væk
Trøjerne er vores teaterpladser
til aftenens halvkølige forestilling
udspillende på det store blå lærred

Den handler om bølgerne
om hvordan der aldrig er to
som er helt ens

Veje af skovbund bærer
vores kroppe på cyklerne

Med uophørlig tillid
lader vi dem lede os sammen.
Sofie Esmeralda May 2015
låser døren
tænder lyset
sætter mig i stolen
tænker
Sofie Esmeralda May 2015
8//
dem der af alle eller ingen
grund
er oppe om natten
mens det dæmpende tæppe af mørke
synger alle til køjs
de åbne øjne i natten
dem der ikke burde være
men alligevel er
dem der har mest at tænke over
og mest af alt burde sove
Jane Deer May 2015
flyver på nattens sidste timer
Med friske minder på min krop
Jeg kigger op på månen
Som *** rejser gennem natten
min evige følgesven
Jeg kunne forlade denne jord for hende
og for evigt vandre i hendes sølven have
med stjernerne til at vise mig vej
Ordomkasteren Jan 2015
Nat
I de aller
længste
sorte, mørke nætter
fyldt til randen
med regn
er det så rart
at vandre
forpjasket
fordrukken
over det brolagte
søgende efter det
absolutte ingenting
i mørke kopper
med den næste salige lykke i.
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