Sunday hallucinations

I walk these streets

lined with maples

where the mighty oak should reign

From windows gaping I am assailed

by bourgeois houseplants

External trappings look the same

These constants ignored

I am the variable

but am I still sane?

Or some spare fruit

of solemn contemplation


Orwell’s ghost

The voices heard in the dark

are mocking, mostly laughter

Orwell chortles from the grave

Whos laughing now?

Under any banner

Big Brother all the same

No obligation to listen


tells what you don’t want to hear

I will not be silenced

Die Gedanke sind immer frei


A change of bedding

We witness elemental shift

without premeditation

Random acts less brilliantine

Cause and effect

Their purpose unknown

A furnace spent on final fury

while air fills the vacuum

Like new sheets

descending cool

There is still water

flowing underground

David Byrne swims against the current

This time between

Same as it ever was

Austin 82

Mid summer, sun retires late

across the courtyard

Shadows crept into the eve

Lights out, on the floor

we watched through the bottom pane

Only television flickers

The Braves on TBS

The Fixx on the stereo

Moonrise on crank whores

Stand or fall

They queued for that peanut butter

Stand or fall

Communion from a needle

Red lips and eye liner

a parade of sad clowns

They only had one way out

and in the morning gone

Yet every night the same



Forty years on now

Can see Friday’s lights from here

Return to scene of the crime

Boulevards unchanged

untainted by the shadows of years

and still bathe in afternoon’s

waning light

Bricks hold no memories

only echoes, then vanished

Familiarity donned

like old slippers

Do not lament forgotten years

Done and gone

Fixed for all time

against the mutable spirit


Toronto 83

Wind swept blue waters

A March wind, biting wet

CN Tower distant

and a lakeshore always in reach

Take the Queen St. trolley to western edges

where Etobicoke youth waver

escaping their suburban cocoon

Don Mills freaks and Yonge St. denizens

all these pilgrims shelter at 999

Summer, short and glorious

Her Autumn streets adorned

and Winters white and cold