“A Pound Of Flesh”

A teaspoon of honey

Glazed in gold, fruits of flower

Snails to the end of the silver spoon

Steamed milk in lavender cups made in China

Bovine and lattice mingle in the dour of day

It looks like rain

Belladonna is calling from the shade

A whimper

The stale of subtle plague

To have my cake

A pound of carrot

To eat my cake

A pound of flesh

To lay in dewy grass of double chin

Sated in scone and tea, I sing as the merry martyr kisses the garden

To channel the soil and inherit the soul

To give up Arcadia and rest in the mud

To bury ones pride to colour the bloom

Grass is greener equated with blood

A pound of flesh for an ounce of love.

-Joshua Tool 05/26/18

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“Pocket Watched”

They are painting the streets again

Pot holed, bumper cobble stone

High noon & moons reflect the invisible lines like cataracts

Gauche is bearded men in neons

A cigarette for lunch

A sun-beaten man plays harmonica sloppy down the road

Metronomes like meteor crash

stomping the earth

Hair peppered with Memphis smoke

He never asks for the time

He too of cataract maps

Despondent yet diligent

Water cracking in his cup

A cigarette for lunch

Besotted, I stare

The orchestral hymns of garbage trucks guffawing through the slender side-streets

Fusty, foul fragrance

Yesterday now spoiled and forgotten

Church is letting out

Brilliant colours of the congregation doled from the pews to drab sidewalks

Gray women in bright wicker hats

The best saved for the seventh day

Sartorially suave And scrumptiously sweet

Like ripe cherries would share to greener the leaves

They are painting the streets again

Emphatically bleak

Bleached on fault lines

Crooked as teeth

I stepped on wet asphalt

I fled to the tracks

To balance the map

of who is staying

And who’s not coming back

-Joshua Tool 05/25/18

“Tumulus Nimbus”

My Headstone

Moss ridden and wormy writhed

A chisel misquoted my demeanor

A forgotten face like analog

They hover with nosegay

To pet and pray, my marrow-less shell

Entombed in a echo chamber

An ever lasting anatomy

of a decomposing time

To stretch like my once plump fleshy rolls

Cats claw pink down my sides

Crinkled corners passed down to type

They have misquoted my demeanor

Lost in the swell of cicada song

Shed thin as light

A rapture of the rising tide

Complaisant, emaciated bellow the shrine

Warbles and willows

As the graveyard groundsman mows the lawn

They misquoted my time

-Joshua Tool 05/24/18

“I Purchased My Soul On Credit”

My cheeks, speckled milky and flush as turnip

From bitter liquor, mislead as rainbow chard

I fumbled into the backseat of a black Uber XL,

Mane frazzled

Lipstick smeared

Yet unfettered, my inner woman, gave birth to new words

as the mindful man murmured Lazarus Lamaze

My garrulous gibber masked in muddled asterisks on mistaken monograms

Inebriated idyll

On carriage of dark horse

in gurgle and gauntness

Homeward bound behests my unencumbered rant

To the hooch hound’s hibernaculum

Wheeling the streets on South Broadway

Oblivious of back fire

Nay, backlash of gun blasts

Jesting the modern cabbie

Of crooked stories and impulsive turns

For the belly of the beast, lest not rest

Til famished belly stretch in late night delicacy

To sleep fat & steadfastly slurred

Grease & guts are gorged in heat

Slacking jaws like unhinged snakes

To pass through porcelain of midnight summers eve

To now

A bloated pelt and desert tongue

In the heart of the city

Nomenclature fell in mirrors of morn

To find my ambiguous skull from last night stubbed

Protruded crown like two turret spun tusks

And the blue birds withdrew their songs

A coffee, an aspirin, an ampersand on question marks

A kiss on strangers lips and moonshine mouth

Texts from last night, the fight, the floundering falsities

A baby born in snake oil

As the internet is forever

Charge it to the game

And I purchased my sole on credit

-Joshua Tool 05/21/18

“Troubadour “

Monochromatic morals

Preambling pious plight

Oysters sheen and coral

Our worlds not black & white

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Ambiguous by moniker

Rebuke such tasteless trite

Love is simply conqueror

Resplendent through the night

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Colors of the troubadour

Sing songs of endless might

The beauty in the boudoir

Ineffable sound and sight

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Clandestine to the churchy folk

A universal light

For I am the troubadour

My worlds not black, it’s bright

-Joshua Tool 05/16/18

“To The Top Of The Turret Shell”

Manically myopic I have found myself in black opal

In the glean of your gaze

A constellation of cygnets danced in the mood of onyx

A salsa on the sand

One thousand miles and counting

In our amorous abode of the rising sun

I picked the carrion pith from my teeth

A chagrin in my carry

But not need for the sullen, the heart bleeds and pumps

A lurid language of lust and persnickety restlessness

My moon, your moon, theirs as well

Careening our carnal deeds, the current pulled in

I hung my hat and flag

You lay with moxie, me and him

Compelled in our quandary to find the centaur in the sky

Flaming arrows to light the streets

1,000 miles and counting

To drive or retreat

-Joshua Tool 05/15/18

“Scotch Bonnet For The Masochistic Mother Earth”

Tumultuous thick white-noise tapped and slapped my pane and sill

In the liminal ebony and bright of flustered flash

My teeth ground to beetroot and flesh of goose

Not for fear, for elated eyes to be encompassed with the songs of wan whirring whirls of wind

The background copse correcting their cast

I think of the juniper wind in late July

The lilac and aster thatched for the cellar door

My nest for next of kin to name

Honeysuckle lapping up the force fed feast

The secret stones and cool of underground gardens

The sconce impervious to fizzle, but to burn a path like a scotch bonnet to the tongue

Will you meet me in the woodbine?

To taste the frozen sky and warm in the whispering dim

I think of subtle sweet on your lips

The safety of the vines

The knavish blight on skyline lain

Could never fast our fiendish fain

-Joshua Tool 05/13/18

“Zugzwang”

Loitering the weekly chess match

A park and a landfill betwixt

Chrysalis complimented flight the insects coaxed the breeze into kaleidoscope melodies, like frogs in bogs

My moor of peaty wanderlust with a lowbrow stagnancy of wasted earth catty-corner my serene solace land

My famished furver found facet of a dream

We are left here without boxes

Without circles

Though we are birthed ear-marked for an inexorably nostalgic future

To be remembered only by our online presence and digital love

Lamenting for simpler times

Stead the over-saturated air waves

A trite & tousled trap

Hexed in bewildering and tenuous thought

The malleable make good cities as the myriad of martyrs build better jails

A forced hand in the farce of society

Inured ingrates mocked the sun

The icebergs

The flood

The round earth as it spins on its axis

No poker face bled your physiognomy

A lier to himself

It was time to chose a forfeit or slow passing

Zugzwang

And the clouds did shed their acid tongues

Checkmate

-Joshua Tool 05/12/18

“Nocuous By Nature”

Cryptic flowers;

Chartreuse , Lavender, Cerulean, Blush

Bloom & pilfer the sun

Boasting proud necks and handsome colours

Black permeates the eclipsing clouds

They march closer in timpani rolls

as flash-bangs light their way

A late afternoon without sun or moon

Forlorn in the ether

Such affluent clusters of corrupted colour

A conduit to qualm

I strung my nihilism into a daisy chain

I drove my feet through the rhododendrons until morose became moot

I cyphered your colour wheel

The nascent of my afterthoughts

A beginning to and end

-Joshua Tool 05/11/18

“I Don’t Clean Myself For Me”

My face, blanched and cut with rose

Niacin flush, naive as prose

Chattered teeth bequeathing cold

Spiting my face, I cut my nose.


Orange aura with palpable pulp

Belly burnt like gizzards gulp

Pathos purge and pencils dull

Writhing hearts swallowed whole.


Golden guillotine, ring my neck

Picking your brain up off my bed

Pillow talk with musky breath

Salted skin pressed on my chest.


Your voice carried between my sheets

Robbing river banks for free

Murders flock and black the sea

I do not clean myself for me

-Joshua Tool 05/06/18