June 30, 2015

Bits of Broken Matchsticks

There are all these ages and the layers of sediment they left behind

Robot plows do the strangest things with equations and GPS, which is more equations

The atmosphere is full of trace elements like any good story

And I keep thinking about a pile of matchsticks

Or piles of matchsticks

Rows, cross-hatched, bundled on an end, broken and jumbled up

Did you grow up with Lincoln Logs?

I did

Have you been to Lincoln, Nebrasksa?

Do you have a favorite President?

A favorite time of day?

I like to keep it close

I miss the occasional ice cream binge

Location:Glen Allen Dr,Baltimore,United States

June 22, 2015

Accumulation and/or Cactus Mentality

It sounds good to have been a metal kid, but I wasn't a metal kid

And my allergies rolled up on my tonight

Before that making drinks, drinking, eating, baseball on TV

Each day full of a day's worth of decision

Each day a little bit shorter now

And keep on saying it quieter and quieter and we're all crouching down until late December and you got it

Every time you are dancing and that song comes on it's probably gonna be a good time if you let it

You got your cellphones and your pictures and your hashtags and your good times

You've got your bed and your sheets and your roof over your head

You have a toolbox of tools and a bag of tricks and wooden cross beams and places you like to go

Like, want, need, forget

Naive, national, nature, nine more

Tracks, I mean

Cornering and decisions and going

Location:Glen Allen Dr,Baltimore,United States

June 15, 2015

All Sorts of Treachery Captured for Your Viewing Pleasure

All the sentries you can remember

Scores and scores, scoring, scouring, scrounging

Everything divisible if you have patience and enough decimals

Everything you've shouted and heard shouted

Give thanks for this roof over our head

All the better to project

And thunder that shook the whole house -- have you been there for that and for real? -- it's much more than what you've read

You can cross your fingers or press your palms against one another and it's not the same but you're getting there

What you do with your hair on a humid Sunday

What you do for lunch

That episode where Magnum's dad says tells kid Magnum has to tread water for 24 hours because then he'll be saved and then present-day Magnum treading and treading

Storms will happen all summer

Most clapboard is weathered

And perfect skies will look fake for generations

Location:Glen Allen Dr,Baltimore,United States

June 10, 2015

Cakes for Sale!

The 50s happened for like life

Your favorite kind of bread with your favorite meat and your favorite condiments

Entropy is always against you

But trees still happen and skyscrapers and nation-states

Sugar gets all over the place

You head south, everything heads south

Figures and pictures and real life

Logistics is to the military as triage is to the ER as asynchronous state management is to the 21st century

Your loading graphic is my spirit animal

Go find your own

Location:Baltimore,United States

June 9, 2015

As One, What Are You Going to Do?

Personality is one of those things that slides

What kind of tuning are you gonna go with on this one?

Globes of glass inside globes of glass and so on with ringing

All the things a gloved hand gets away with

Summer coming on in the Mid-Atlantic

Scooters and flip-flops and sunscreen

You write something important on a strip of paper and twirl it into a tight little cylinder and then put it in your pocket

And repeat that again and again until you have a pocket full of very important things

How much would that weigh?

Turn other things inside out

A box can take more doing

Seasonal everything and water and predictions

Everyone loves a parade, so there you have it

Location:Baltimore,United States

June 7, 2015

Whatever What Was Intended

How a bricklayer approaches a place where there's going to be a wall

All the places one may find a furrow

The times you approach a corner, better yet, the times you wonder what waits around that corner

There comes that moment when the phones you knew in your youth are gone

And so many things seem ridiculous

Have you seen what happens when hyenas get their way?

And then department stores, manual transmission, hell, internal combustion while we're making lists

YouTube videos of massive domino runs

On the horizon is gravity and old age and who knows what else

Time, time, mountains

The moon so very far away

Here comes the sun, here comes the night, here comes the sun again and the night and the sun and the night

Have you been in the harbor?

Have you seen it?

Have you walked the shore as the sun does all the things a sun can do?

When you roll up your khakis, grab wayfarers, and become President

When you roll up your sleeves and get down to work, and your hands covered in ink stains

When you take off your glasses and everything's blurry now but it's a cinematic indicator of new perspective and that moment right before inspiration

Or rubbing your temples

Or your hand on the bridge of your nose as everything falls apart around you

So much to tell every day you walk this Earth and surely long after, when you are wandering the stars and making all sorts of discoveries we'd never imagined

Location:Baltimore,United States

May 31, 2015

There Are So Many People and So Many Things

You see that it is specks in the far corner of specks all the way down

I mean that you're on the edge of this huge thing and it is on the edge of this huge thing and so on

I don't mean to be repetitive but god damn

And I think about Athena and how she sprung from Zeus's forward fully formed -- I think about that all the time

That's what a real myth looks like in our world and we cling to it

Erase the past, believe in genius

Because it is comforting even when it leaves us out -- like when people without means vote for politicians and policies that protect those with means because I'll be rich tomorrow

Who's out there gathering up all these American modern day myths into an Ovid-like single place?

Sunday is not for soapboxes, Jamie

Sunday is for soaking up all the things

Like sunshine and chores and afternoon baseball and all the work you need to get going on

Like the 350 million people in this country and the 6-something billion people around the planet

And that that is a huge percentage of all the people ever

And that surely some dinosaurs were warm blooded

And that it is always good to remember that chickens are dinosaurs

And so on

There is so much all the time

I don't have much to add to that just now

I'm reading a book about a guy that's trapped alone on Mars and trying to not die there

I mean it's a book, but I'm reading it on my phone

Because I do that a bit these days

This weather

Location:Glen Allen Dr,Baltimore,United States

May 28, 2015

Granite Is a Type of Stone

Granite is a state

Type of kind when when

When you wait for a taxi

Shovel is to spade

Pick is to stone

All awls on shelves ask questions and tell lies

Lower pressure at lower altitudes

Bellow to sing on high

Below this

Beyond what else

Location:Glen Allen Dr,Baltimore,United States

May 27, 2015

Somethings Are Strong

What can happen with words over time

That you can fight the ocean -- ask the Dutch

Really big things followed by really small things

All the meanings of resolution piled on top of one another

All the front doors of all the Starbucks everywhere

Or all the kitchenettes in all the apartments

Raveled things unraveled and laid out for everyone to see

And that story where that get to the innermost room and it is white and bare and empty

What makes the letter O so wonderful and all the cultures that mired through life before we invented zero

There's more onion under each layer of the onion peeled away

But that isn't the point

Location:Glen Allen Dr,Baltimore,United States

May 21, 2015

For When They're Up to Their Neck in Getting By

Read like you own it

Style points, stolen glances, standard rates

Self-correcting sentence structures

Static like on the radio and static like this block of stone

Sometimes the song is afraid, too

Sometimes the air quality is less than what you'd hoped for

Coalesce as a driving principle

Cantilever as what you want

Without the repetitions you don't need

At least at least at lost at like

Turnips turned trying

You admire, you preserve, you enjoy

Location:Glen Allen Dr,Baltimore,United States

May 19, 2015

What Is It That You Want?

When you are silly, time slows down

When you put a sugar cube in what it all rushes away

"Not like" can help you flip through shades like you're getting somewhere

You are surrounded by jewels everyday

The air is full of water, the ground is full of air, and clouds are heavier than airplanes

Everything will still depend on you, though

These conditions will never be repeated, but that doesn't make them matter

We still believe in gravity

somewhere close by a clock is ticking

a kid down the block is bouncing a ball on the driveway

the dog is sprawling out on the floor because it's humid

The fan is trying to do its thing

Put it together

All of it

Location:Glen Allen Dr,Baltimore,United States

May 18, 2015

A Little Bit More Everything

Off and rain

Like often

There were dresses and the century-odometer turning

Because every TV show comes to an end

There are all kinds of gates across this land

There are free countries and dry counties and the land of tomorrow

There are valleys full of dinosaurs

And dinosaurs full of regret

A pitcher of water in the fridge so you always have some cold water to drink

The world's gonna do what it does

Location:Glen Allen Dr,Baltimore,United States