A Pretentious Bit...

and as he walked past me,
I could not believe my heart
and by the way it touched my ribs
I knew there are places I have been
I needed not to go,
and places I surely should have
but did not,
but he does not understand

that he is not where I needed to be,
God bless him

it moves so fast
fast enough to track tears down cheeks
my foot was far enough ahead
so that my hand would not be crushed
as doors open and close so rudely
and metal does not warm
to skin so quickly

I stretch my back so hard it cracks
and isnt that better, Joe?
better, Jane, who's watching Jesus
carry me



Let me dust you off

Companion to dust, stored unready
come out from the ornament
where there's no match for you
and friction is only a dream

What can become of you there?
Love knows few paths through walls
but many more go on through fields

So come out from the ornament
and let me dust you off



This bridge

This bridge is beautiful
and it doesn't hold
not a breath of me has crossed it

It doesn't hold two places together
Senad and Jelena
Oh, and love

They make a way over dark waters
and handsome bricks layer the days
of their lives

-Joe Szczepaniak