'Friends You Know' (c) 2005 Graf-hick
'Friends You Know' by Graf-hick
Poetry Collaborations by
Interrogation w/ a Writing Tool

Your steadfast question -
Strips of light or length of thought,
Standing in panic or moving without meaning

Falling forward almost;
Not quite scrapes on face,
But we dream of loose distance mourning

Spinning words from one to nowhere
Wheeling winks and whispers
Never a wing

With your sweaty palm engraved
Nervously upon white stone,
Your lucid teeth scrape away the distance between men.

Preference Peel

I like drawings that are almost erased,
Mornings that you haven't quite broken into,
Drawings that recall hauntingly but never shout.

The black line rings -
A frame might know what your name contains,
But not upon which walls it reverberates.

Insanity from laughter or tears,
Walking the wire with a long pole,
Toe first, then heel.

Change almost misses our eyes,
Altered favorites, glances miss -
But the self that melts the ice cube stays here.

Glass can never be
As perfect and delicate
As an insect.

The ice cube begs
for the watch to
break the distance of its glass.

Ice-Age Fashion Alert

Woven straw hat
filled with a glacial stone
breaks the wrist of a man with a scratch on his watch.

Striated gemstones after ice melts.
It is very true: nothing has changed,
Blow on your fingers to thaw them.

Viscous and Crack

Asymmetry of creation and destruction of glass.
Hot ooze sand fusion and brittle shatter.
Moist greenhouse air mixing at the door with Chicago winter wind.

Chihuly's dinosaur eggs hatch,
Leach the yolk of tomorrow alongside
Cycad wrapping the fallen child.

Jungle breath above fern foot step,
Breathing within primordial potential:
Frozen mid swallow.

An Untitled Guy Down the Street

a stranger singing from a window
and we are still free to believe
the myth of the infinite

a singing
cleared out around
pin-point sting

but even if the world
gathered itself to a brimming brink
a whisper would have to leap out

Music by Christopher Aitken
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