July 23, 2017

Trip Wires Are for Tripping

Day becomes night
And we trade handshakes for hugs
Grade A everything
Bank holidays and brake jobs
Forever forever

Frank exchanges
Current corrective currency
Situational, counter-factual, conviction
I don't do eye-spots

And we pick it up again
Grating, greater, groundswelled
The edge of an ocean
All the things you think about the moon
And here we are, going back and forth and back back and forth




Location:Glen Allen Dr,Baltimore,United States

June 15, 2017

Cover Cover Cover

Red jackets and headlights and the month of June

Like history like whoah like all the cats and all the bedtimes

The ways we think now

That hill or town

That horse or tariff

Tavern tarry tarnished till

I mean or I said or I thought or I did

As in you expected or at least I did

As in a very special connection because it's so simple and boredom ain't a thing no more no more no more no more

Like a Triumph put into a garage a smidge before closing time

And elevators have doors

And so on




Location:Glen Allen Dr,Baltimore,United States

May 2, 2017

Transit Trust Trainers

Lollipops that are fantasies.

Taking care of yourself and those that don't.

Walls between walls between places.

Caricatures and crutches and crushes.

Counting as you get older.

Goals that aren't what you thought.

What equals what vs. equality.

All the things I wrestle with vs. all the things I believe.

A good story told over drinks.

When the lights are low vs. when the days are long.

We weren't the first to fish this river and hardly the last.






Location:Scott Dr,Baltimore,United States

April 30, 2017

Foot Drop

I'm down I'm down I'm down I'm down

A flood of salt and a weight and a board across your chest

Reception and receiving

Doors, dowels, drive shafts, and dancing

Shattered Saturdays

Trances

Tried and true and truancy

Pride and proof then fluency

Flatter not, flaunt not

First forgotten, last won

Any number of things will trace an arc

But where will you be standing?



Location:Glen Allen Dr,Baltimore,United States

April 29, 2017

The World We Live In

Hovercraft vs. overland

Re-tread vs. retreat

Old growth vs. barbershop

Fantasy vs. fantastic

Philanthropic vs. fill in the blank

Music vs. amusing

Attraction vs. reaction

Wait times vs. weight limits

All in vs. all in the family

Calling vs. living




Location:Dulaney Valley Rd,Towson,United States

April 28, 2017

All Day All Day

I see you Metro preacher

And you twenty years ago doppelgänger; I've never wondered if you're dead

And robot friends and fellow travelers and all the things we leave out

I see you piles and piles

I see you too long list

I see you blood pressure and daylight and day-long training sessions

I see you grand-daddy of distractions

I see you anxiety and despair

I see you fresh Fall fashions

Humidity before that, decay after that, delays shot through

What're you gonna do with a major American city when nobody agrees on major anymore?

Whaddya say in the face of the faceless?

Faceful? Fateful? Faithful?

Sometimes a straight line is just a straight line

And you still have place to be





April 27, 2017

I'm Not Quite Sure Where You're Going with This

Burned is burned is burned is not better

Butter, bedsheets, beef, beverages

Bouillon is as bouillon does along with all the words you've misread in your life

Spectrums everywhere you look will bump you out of that rut

Lane, silo, crutch, and so on

What do you want to eat?

What do you want to care about?

32 flavors of the Uncertainty Principle

Eat and care; need and want; hope and dream; paint and draw; truck and drive; pull and push, of course and so and so and pain and pained

Sometimes the grass grows up and what you going to do with it?

Do you see the sun?

April 26, 2017

Can You Tell Me Something

Fallen water
One spell, two spell
Frankly, mightily, swimmingly

Forgotten lines
Friendly fire on a Tuesday
Given over to giving in

A circle that's a special square
Better pinned here than pinned anywhere
Look here, look real close

When the sun's coming up
And the street sweepers are done with their sweeping
And all the tickets have found new homes

April 25, 2017

Patience Is a Spell that Might Not Look Like This

Placement über television with outright rigged decision systems together, online, growing, ether-tethered, hitting every register.

String them out. String them along. Paint them into corners. Build houses. Build houses of cards.

Attorney general. White privilege. Pride and Prejudice. Free like freestyle vs. free like freedom.

Fee-based services. Settle for nothing vs. settle for less. More is more is more is more. Time is time is time is time.

Every time something good happens, you end up with new ways to say Survivor's Guilt.

Location:N Smallwood St,Baltimore,United States

April 24, 2017

The Recovery Is a Spell

The Jump Off
The Get Up
The Get Down
Jump in

It's not that you fall down
It's not that you fall down
It's not that you fall down
It's that you pick it back up

Everything is inconsistent and jittery
Everything inside out
Everything closing down

Close your eyes
Breathe
Repeat

April 23, 2017

#Persist

Stay hungry
Stay present
Stay curious
Stay vigilant

Keep moving
Keep eating
Keep breathing
Keep ready

Stay interested
Stay open
Stay forgiving
Stay awake

Keep talking
Keep fighting
Keep loving
Keep living

Stay human
Stay human



Location:Glen Allen Dr,Baltimore,United States

April 22, 2017

I Live in Baltimore, Now

I live in Baltimore now
With the squirrels and the bunnies
The deer and the woodpeckers
The dogwoods and dogs
Foxes, raccoons, butterflies, and birds

I'm living in Baltimore
With the folks planting annuals out in front of the Presbyterian Church down the street
And the people bringing in the shopping carts from the parking lots
And the ones making deliveries night and day
People getting by, people not getting by, people figuring it out

I live in Baltimore around houses
And apartments and new construction
Buildings buttressed with wooden joints
Buildings falling apart and falling down
Condos, restaurants, and hotels
Universities and high schools and parking lots and more

I live in Baltimore where it rains
And the sun shines and rises and sets
And the moon is full on the regular
And the clouds are amazing with the ocean right there

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After being here 13 years, yesterday was the first time I got ugh about my living in Baltimore and The Wire coming fast upon one another in conversation. Don't get me wrong, I love The Wire. I'll talk about the great trajectory of cop shows from Car 54 to Hill Street Blues to NYPD Blue to The Wire. I'll talk about the good guys being the bad guys and the bad guys being the good guys and everyone just living. I'll talk about it being the best TV ever made at its time or damn near it.

But then this morning I was tooling around the neighborhood and saw all the green and the wildlife around me -- sure my current neighborhood is pretty suburban for being inside city limits but whatever.

I'm not high-horsing it here. It's just Baltimore is like everywhere and Baltimore is everywhere. Just better. ;)


Location:Glen Allen Dr,Baltimore,United States