Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Yelling at the Sky

Pizza Clock
—Photo by Cynthia Linville, Sacramento

—William S. Gainer, Grass Valley


on the porch

yelling at the sky.

The thunder


She has no idea 

she's done.


—William S. Gainer
Been using
the magazine
from a .45 automatic
for a bookmark.
A little bulky
but it works.


—William S. Gainer

If I decide to
my first choice
would probably be
chrome sunglasses—
maybe a new hat
and a pair of red shoes.

I’ve always liked
red shoes.
I’m thinking they’d
go good
with a new hat
and chrome

Ashland Wood Sculpture
—Photo by Cynthia Linville

—Tom Goff, Carmichael

Lyric is still running, says the quickly
punctured e-balloon on my office computer:
It’s desired that we use this damn great
new instant messaging setup for god
knows what which I will blithely ignore
thankyouverymuch. Oh if you, Lyric,
were a woman, if you, Lyric, were a poem,
could I utter such contemptuous words
about you or to you? Lyric, you are a poem,
you are the barksprouting, leafshooting
bareassed demigoddess the sun god
worried into a dead green crown and still
never captured, never understood, forever
making music from the bafflement of his
rut wish. Lyric, you are the one woman
whose flowing brown hair I’m aching to caress,
run my hands through as the god skims
his fingers through the rippling strings
of his invention, liquid made structure.
Oh how I could structure and stress your
exquisite skin into a rippling lyric. Your
sweet-scented hair, your strong warm hands,
your small breasts all passing through my hands:
A Daphne unlaurelling, I muse as my dog
sleeps between my legs in bed, or as
the pop-up snaps right up & perky to tell me
Lyric is still running…


Today's LittleNip:

—Max West, Sacramento

When no song is right
Because you’ve never heard it,
Don’t know
The name of the band
Or can’t remember
What album it’s on
You either sing your own
Or suffer the silence

I’m currently of the opinion
That it’s equally important
And satisfying
To do both


—Medusa, with thanks to today's contributors, all of whom will be in the new issue of Rattlesnake Press's
WTF which will be released tomorrow night at Luna's Cafe, 1414 16th St., Sac., 8pm, hosted by Editor Frank Andrick. Be there!

Ashland Unicorn
—Photo by Cynthia Linville