Author Archives: Arlan

Take Warning, My Delight

Hem Red sky, red and pink Orange and purple and gold and blue All aflame in effulgent glory The hustling clouds cannot quite contain Halted, astonished, embarrassed, amazed Stained with excess incandescent grace 1/11/2020


A Better Word

“Step light and holy. Your fellow worker’s souls are at stake. ” So wrote a friend when I told how little I enjoyed my new boss. I did not know what he meant, or what connection his words might have to my plight. Some time later I thought of Shylock: “Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, Read More


Breeze

Unfinished Cat On a porch, With a purring cat, I have welcomed the spring sun. Such a cat Should not be moved By the call of lesser chores As I pet, Her claws dig in; And I have other thoughts. From my lap I must resign her, Unsettled; but I must go. 7/29/2004


Legion

Out of nowhere, apropos of nothing in particular, talking to myself: “I’m going to blow your fucking brains out, motherfucker.” Another voice, also internal, says “Yes, that’s right” – not as a jeer, but because it fits, it suits, it conforms; it feels like climbing under warm covers on a cold day. It feels like scratching an itch – ahhh, Read More