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asphalt nile

driving to work

sleepy eyes searching for signs

of life

rounding mount adams

on columbia parkway

asphalt nile

church of the immaculata watching over

queen’s tiara skyline

the city unfurls

buildings rising

to meet the sunlight

morning glory blossoms

in cincinnati



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as you arrange dead flowers

i’ve painted all of it
on the ceiling of the library dome in alexandria
to study the profane scope

better understanding the history
the higher i ascend
through falling ashes

this is what i know

my interpretation of the pattern

you only acknowledge the sacred
as you seek to destroy it

you’re sick

you take such pride in your trophies
heads mounted on the wall
all wearing your mother’s pearls

the manner in which your
opossum eyes delight
in fresh kill

wax romantic about your bloody left hand
as you arrange dead flowers

i’m impervious ever since
you gouged out my ability
to experience pathos

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cleopatra upon her litter

i have become

cleopatra upon her litter




carried aloft in a bed built for an inconvenient queen

above the melded glass sands of blood and grain

desert winds my howling comfort


cast out by a tyrant brother

ptolemy’s thirteenth incarnation

each generation more of a reason

he must die in the nile


little husband

and his geldings


i am chained by the ankle for you

to this land

these people

we are egypt


through my opium haze

i see my blessed alexandria

and pray before jackal headed gods

to return me from this death


my eyes follow the light

of the marble watch tower

emanating from the isle of pharos


ancient port


deliver me guidance and knowing papyrus

so that i may find my way

to the great whore mother streets

her libraries

and temples built


i shall seduce caesar and his army

if the gods make it so


resurrect the statue of me