Teach Me

Teach me

how to spy

on you

with just

the corner

of one


Teach me

how to whisper

in a way

only you

will hear

Teach me

to speak

in humid


Teach me

to explore

the ridges

of your flanks

the pools

of your


the piano


of your chest

Teach me

to know


like I


the moon

and stars

Teach me

like I’m

a failing




Rain (for Iain)

Skies wept today
in Hawaii it came
in sheets and
01rainsprinkles it stopped
and started like a clogged
hose now my eaves are
dripping like the
boy and the dyke
skies the color of my
den a softened mouse gray
covers Diamond Head
and my tiny house the crest
of the volcano surrounded
by white balloons of rain
Waikiki is bustling not bubbling
effervescence of residents
dampened by moisture
skies resemble late afternoon
prematurely darkening gloom
lands on my valley like a lid
rain is coming down now
clarifying my streets and
alleyways the dirt going down
drains anticipating blue skies

Hawaii Beach

I went to the beach

sand and sun

you could smell the surf
and feel salt on your skin

you laid next to me almost


I too ashamed of myself
sat uncomfortably in the
sand like a turtle

flipping over onto your back
I saw your chest expand
and relax the mounds of
muscle found their rippled
beneath winds off the water
the trail of hair trailed from
your nipples to a straight line
disappearing beneath your shorts
where they swelled with your sex

what’re you staring at you squinted

nothing turning away ashamed

you can look

you said

it’s not looking that I wanted