Santa Monica Chicken Hawk

Twink, twink
little star
Suck me off
in my car
Take your twenty
Go away
I’ll be back next week
Same day.


This kid comes over to smoke weed in the garage,
To light up some dab, inhale some premium shatter.
It comes on so fast, he says,
one hit and your worries are gone.
He looks younger when he smokes it,
The tension comes out of his face and he is just a boy,
happy and unthinking.
He’s looking for someone to take a shift for him
So he can move his sister out of their mother’s house.
His mother is schizophrenic and she’s not doing well.
There has been a fight,
and his sister is only sixteen.
He’s “back of house” now
and back of house is all life is ever going to give him.
He makes just enough money for shatter,
and to move his sister.

An hour to north of us is a lake.
And at night, when the water is still,
You can see the borealis reflected in the surface of the water
dancing like the spoken word,
and I believe that is called

El Tres de Mayo

Don’t look away,
If only for a second:
In Goya’s painting “The Third of May”
there are two animals.
The first can have only one orgasm—the penultimate orgasm—
but only on experiencing its own death.
Dying and coming are vertiginous experiences,
You can only wonder.
The other too, comes with death, but this one comes with the act of killing.
It releases with the trigger, the knife, and a still-beating heart
It’s second best,
But that animal can come as many times as that animal wants to.
I know what one I am
DMT: is there anything it can’t do?

There is a moon of marigolds
It soars above the steeple
It’s above the church
Above the shining path
That leads down to the river
The river is full of people
There is a moon of marigolds
It soars above the steeple
There is a moon of marigolds
There is

Up from the River

At the Fay Tolton archeological site in South Dakota,
Near the ancient course of the Missouri
Are the remains of a five-to-seven-year-old male
Found in with the remains of others
In a ruined dwelling
Of a sort typical of the era
Examination of the remains
Show that the body provided trophies
In two different acts of violence
There is the presence on the boy’s skull
Of the characteristic scalping lesion
With some bone remodeling
Indicating that the child survived his scalping
By as much as two weeks
Before he was killed in a later raid
When the boy’s hands were been removed
By breaking the radii and ulnae toward their distal end
It is assumed that the boy’s hands were kept as trophies
With no scalp left to take there were only the hands
The perpetrators are unknown, but
Would have only had stone knives, or bone, and
The horse had not yet been introduced to North America
So they must have walked up from the river
Both times
It can only be guessed as to whether one alone
Took the scalp and both hands,
Or the trophies were divided amongst many
But I know
They didn’t walk up from the river
For nothing