Former Head of Security

  The Major did not chat but with a kiss on the cheek marked each daily encounter.   Surely, we wondered if his temper made us safer: motorcycles, rural landing strips, Putumayo.   Charged as guard of a Colombian Vice-President, a needless Doberman where a Labrador could have barked.   The Major spoke into his speech, […]

Burden to Savor

  A soft, holy morning like this Awake in bed before dawn Forcing my thoughts of you   Upon you   Full, ready body Full, ready thoughts Soft, holy distance   All upon you   Keep yourself well and happy For I know certain things about us That are likely to trouble you But I […]

Overdue Love Letter

  Minus the saliva on paper The hesitant comma Barely smeared   Impatient still Signed and dated Sealed   I offer every swerve Soft wrist and stiff neck   Dear, This is my wet black ink   Written 2005