Friday, January 28, 2011

the tired monk swings his axe

wood truck dumped
tumble tossed over
by the garage

cinch robes - roll sleeves

axe swings


sings out by the living forest
frozen splinters fly
dog sleeps nearby

gloves harden
full frozen of axe handle sweat

young monk appears
a gift

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

the Sacred Headphones

for this one...

gotta be Mcluhan
gotta be DJ AM
gotta be Bose
gotta be Dre

these are sacred sounds
rilling rims
hammers, pulls
feedback thrums
bass lines
humbucker resonance
these are sacred sounds

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Tired Monk Pot Sink Meditation

this pot
thousand times washed
and more
                 my prayer beads

the sweet songs
of Elvis,
and Cash
                  my vespers

this ice cold
                 my tea

Thursday, January 20, 2011

just a temp

as time goes by
doing what it does
    healing all wounds n'such

i ponder this time trap
this rusty cage
i say i break 'em
maybe i just shake 'em

after all
in this world
i'm just a temp

i sit too: a tired monk paradigm

i sit too:
at computers, yes fires staring through brandy
or on porches, and around kitchen tables
deep in
flat top rusty string meditation

guess i'm post-zazen

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Whiskey Kiss

settled down
over these years

all those many many girls

                distilled to one

he says "you just need one...

I just miss that whiskey kiss"

Monday, January 17, 2011

the small town monk

no robes                     down jacket
no sandals                  steel toes
no meditation stick      hockey stick
no tonsure                   toque

cold bundled
meting out wisdom
out behind the Zamboni doors

quick cigarette pulls
hockey stick stories
sketched poems
tucked workboot deep

thanx to the dox

Friday, January 14, 2011

Between Songs

the song ends

you know the song that ends
the one you play again
over and over again


the next song starts
low rumbling amp
beautiful flowing feedback

listen or go back?
i'm stuck between songs


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Monastery Rounds


tired monk
heaves himself up
sighs      rounds to do
late night monastery check:

fire stoked
tea poured
temple dogs snore
temple cat  bored
all is well

rounds done


unhinge battered guitar case
for battered guitar

deep in post rounds meditation

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tiger Fades

as year of the tiger fades
the tired monk
reflects, restates, remolds
his sacred vows this case: be the tiger

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

a tired monk guitar maxim


guitar ready
steady in a stand
reach for it
even in a stolen moment
pound out a few fat
swinging chords


don't fret
over precision
and execution
just play

Monday, January 10, 2011

Tired Monk Music

just a tired monk
finding beauty
beauty in static,
vinyl scratches
and slow tape
hiss chords

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

on duty

a study hall of no study
cards slide over
pencil graffiti
FU Lavergne!

texters text

loose boot boys shuffle
to the next table
drawn by pretty girls

the boys joke and laugh
young girls listen

one girl asks me
why are you here?
fodder for endless meditation
for now...
it is my duty

clock hovers above
waiting to release me

Sunday, January 2, 2011

garage beers

not beer busting cold,
just cold

perfect for chilling
the tired monk's
garage beers