Poems

Indifferent Sky NEW
Indifferent Sky by Michael Channing your eyelashes and birthday smoke
fetch nothing from an indifferent sky
Commencement Address
Commencement Address by Michael Channing i have no advice to give
no pearls of wisdom to disperse
Umlaut
Umlaut by Michael Channing it lives on basement dank and starves
its own dreams just to make them stronger
Game On
Game On by Michael Channing the dice drop nothing but eyes
Like Button
Like Button by Michael Channing oh the rush of accomplishment that comes with that click
Alone
Alone by Michael Channing what you find you keep to yourself
what you love you love alone
Hope Fled
Hope Fled by Michael Channing hope fled and i sped after
in a '98 taurus shaking like a wet puppy
and reaching out the window every twenty seconds
to wipe the rain from the windshield
Block
Block by Michael Channing you leave all the pages empty
the ink unspent
Eleven Haiku for Ella
Eleven Haiku for Ella by Michael Channing How can a perfect
stranger come into your life
and hijack your heart?
Overhead
Overhead by Michael Channing above the broken dunkin'
donut promises
Rock and Roll Haiku
Rock and Roll Haiku by Michael Channing All the girls swooned for
A guy who could play guitar.
I took up the bass
Anthology
Anthology by Michael Channing poor aurora
like a sunflower heavy with lovely
bent by the weight of her own light
Example
Example by Michael Channing write
down a word
quickly the first
that comes to mind
Reflection in Barstow
Reflection in Barstow by Michael Channing i looked into a truck stop mirror and saw
Next Time
Next Time by Michael Channing next time i say no
i'll mean it
To the Child I Hope to Have
To the Child I Hope to Have by Michael Channing we fully expect you to hate us once in a while
almost as an after school hobby
Drive
Drive by Michael Channing into and out of the parking garage
through the front door with a card swipe
the elevator is waiting to eat you
A Month of Haiku
A Month of Haiku by Michael Channing tight black power lines
cut the sky into ribbons
the clouds do not mind
My River My Woman
My River My Woman by Michael Channing my river is a woman
as beautiful and fearsome as any i've known
Hard to Find
Hard to Find by Michael Channing i will never be a rich man
but i can give you poetry
Scrapbook
Scrapbook by Michael Channing now reach again
into this fire
it is also your heart
Roost
Roost by Michael Channing a loud and lonesome bird
has built its nest in my heart
Wink
Wink by Michael Channing far greater than any sunset i've ever seen
or any ocean i've ever challenged
are the soft weapons of her eyes
The Tree Outside My Window
The Tree Outside My Window by Michael Channing i prefer my tree
dressed in april
Debt
Debt by Michael Channing his eyes follow me
i sit only a few feet away
and tell him it's not safe here
Restless Toy
Restless Toy by Michael Channing when it begins to break
hold your heart in your hands
feel it kick like a restless toy
January Lies
January Lies by Michael Channing january lies and says you're forgive
Dark December Elves
Dark December Elves by Michael Channing dark december elves
scuttle cross the rooftop
tuck and pitch down the flue
Right With the World
Right With the World by Michael Channing unfamiliar with the usual posturing
i prayed from my chair over coffee
Rainbow
Rainbow by Michael Channing i live with a black cat named rainbow
Teach My Kiss to the Cactus
Teach My Kiss to the Cactus by Michael Channing the sky rolled like a funhouse barrel
and she fell tumbling to unfold at my feet
HA!
HA! by Michael Channing everything was easy
cash like a pad of post-it notes
and time enough to ramble and pause
This Weekend
This Weekend by Michael Channing don't come calling this weekend
my phones will all be melted
my doors will all be dumb
Nothing Wrong
Nothing Wrong by Michael Channing astronomers and meteorologists are hard at work
even as i speak
to find a perfectly good explanation
for the rain of blood
Exterminator
Exterminator by Michael Channing all junkies must be destroyed
Firefly
Firefly by Michael Channing one remains between granny's nails
blinks and buzzes and worries its wings
Sleep 13
Sleep 13 by Michael Channing My heart moves like a shuffled deck.
God Damn America
God Damn America by Michael Channing i believe if god touches us at all, it will be with the back of his hand

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Vestigial
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Vestigial by Michael Channing