Sunday, June 22, 2014

World Cup Sonnet

It was the summer of ’94 and
I remember it because it was the
year the U.S. was hosting the World Cup –

and up in Palo Alto the Brazilians
were dominating the games to the
rhythm of their metal drums & djimbés

and we could feel the energy coming
down from Stanford to where I lived in San
Jose, in the barrio and farther south

into Los Gatos – they were dancing &
celebrating : the pulse of the salsa
and the hard hard rhythms,
and the futbol.

And I would stay up all night in those days
& stand bare-chested on my balcony
overlooking El Salvador’s house and

he, waking up early, drinking canned beer,
watering his plants & shouting up to me,
Did you see the game last night? Beautiful!

In Los Gatos – all night, man! – the women
and Brazilians wearing the yellow and
the green – the colors of true champions

Monday, January 20, 2014

Me English Degree

My English degree
is great at teaching me
to think for myself;
exactly what's discouraged
in this modern business world

#tanka #micropoetry
8 August 2013

Funny How When

Funny how when
the boss says, have a good evening
it sounds as if
he truly means it; that is
until I look at my paystub

#tanka #micropoetry
8 August 2013

There's Something About

There's something about
the shame of talking to my
HR department,
even if I'm not in trouble
I feel I did something wrong

8 August 2013

As the First Bite of Peach

As the first bite of peach
makes juice explode in my mouth
I rush to the cafeteria;
I don't want my coworker
to call me a pig again

8 August 2013

Friday, January 17, 2014

You and Your Fancy

You and your fancy
spreadsheet, you try and convince
everyone you've got
a handle on why everything's
arriving late, we're an OEM

7 August 2013

If You was a Flower

If you was a flower
and I was a bumblebee
wouldn't I do better than to sniff you
because of the strong chance
you're loaded with pesticides?

7 August 2013

A Good Attitude

A good attitude
and a tight lip is generally
required for this job
that way you won't complain
much about the low wages

#tanka #MicroPoetry
7 August 2013

They Say a College

They say a college
degree is required for this
position, but why
wouldn't they pay someone enough
to pay back they student loans?

7 August 2013

Is it Thursday Yet

Is it Thursday yet
'cause I feel like reminiscing
on a day & it
don't feel quite right if it ain't
Throwback Thursday?

#tanka #micropoetry
7 August 2013