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N E X T
DECHIRICO  DREAMS

Alienation
So stark and pure
like a 1950's movie
But on the edge of another century
Or alone at night in Idaho
And everywhere you turn
The light is brighter behind you.
THE  EXCHANGE

Wanting something Holy from them...
Maybe the names of the trees?
They ask for money instead-
"But only if you use it for booze!"
first published in The Temple.
ONE  NIGHT

A tree exhaled the cloud behind it
As moonlight sat on me
But all I felt
Was the dark.
NO  SOLACE

Will the sun shine only to cast dark shadows?
Is hope an ember to be stamped out by a fool?
There is no solace for a man's small heart.
ALL THOSE LIVES

All those lives
never spent with her,
glowing like Buddhas'
just over the next hill.
     AWAY

20 miles away
inching back home
in a snowstorm
so peaceful
we cancel each other out
quietly
(c) copyright Louis Pirro 1997-2001