david jewell poet



k. casi leaping to the stars



breathe again
no choice
no horserace
nothing up my sleeve
another breath
and then
these thoughts like rainbows or
other things . . .
loop-de-loop spirals pretending
to be real. as real as imagination.
on and on.
we’ve heard it all before.
they all keep saying the same thing.
but whoever this is here writing this is
still an animal that likes sugar and cuddles
and lives more of less for
comfort and not victory of any kind. . .
would just as soon be cozy
on a rainy day and play scrabble with
loved ones or any friend than
go fight or get noticed or hear someone
say look at that, you did it,
you left your mark,
right there.
what mark? I just want
acceptance peace


siri and laslo poem

Vivacious introspection
was hounding me
on that cold
wintry day
I was locked
and I was locked
inside myself

Every time
I turned around
a fire started
every time
I turned around
a gun went off
every time
I turned around
my baby wanted to
give me a book.


balderdash horatio jitters out front dancing to the raindrops.

every second syllable is like some leggy filly full of spice and vinegar.

i step out into the moonlight and the howling begins before i’m even thinking.

neighbors close their windows and disconnect thier phones, oh wait, they can’t do that anymore.

the century is changing color like a clear glass of water with a new drop of red ink every 5 minutes.

the trees look sleepy and peaceful wearing the misty morning but they live so long what would i know.

finally something and then something else but once again it is only the beginning of the mystery.


crow flys to the sun

Crow kept telling Mr. Bones
that he wanted to fly to the sun.

Mr. Bones tilted his hat back and looked at Crow and yawned.
“It’s been done,” said Mr. Bones, “Icarus, for one…and––you––too,
remember? You’ve done it before––look how that turned out.”

“Not all that bad,” said Crow, “I’m still here, aren’t I? Besides,
this look of burnt to a crisp charred black is rather fashionable in the long run, eh?
So, what’s the harm?”

“Do what you want,” said Mr. Bones. “No way I want to talk you out of it.
But, I’m curious. . . . what’s the big motivation to fly to the sun all of a sudden.”

“I don’t know,” said Crow, “I mean, you gotta do something, right?
You gotta do something. . . . I’m down here–– the sun is up there––
I think it’s time to tango.” And then Crow flew, straight up, to the top
of the sky.


invisible matters

invisible matters as
smoke swirls up into the light
of another nightclub dream.

no clear destination
only fantasy of something like happiness
or bliss or maybe just victory.

fire is as easy as the lighter in your jacket pocket
but then the conversation is a maze of clever
double entendres and innuendos.

eventually it all becomes blurry and magical––
things go the way they will go, no one can predict it exactly,
and then it is morning again.


house of ashes

what does any of it have to do with me

I live in the house of ashes

it is so cold I can see my breath when I snore

the air barely moves and all that changes is the dust

I live among the memories and echos

invisible but as solid as bricks

I remember love and the fire and the embers

I remember blazes and sound waves and confusion

I remember a sweet soft settling like flowers on the floor

and then

almost suddenly

the curtains were drawn and the light became translucent

my thoughts became like wires tangling themselves under the desk

I’m not sure it matters but every now and then I open a window

and throw a piece of paper down to the street.