1. Awareness of Joy
  2. Birds at Recess
  3. The Call Back
  4. A poem to commemorate dennis's road rash, broken rib, concussion and the bruising of his fourth cranial nerve
  5. Oakland Is Burning
  6. Finding Paul's Marker
  7. Freeway
  8. Carolton
  9. Grief in a Dry September
  10. A Headache on Tuesday, February 26, 2002
  11. heaven
  12. A Hillside Pond in the Rain
  13. Hoarder
  14. L.O.F. (In Her Door)
  15. Intersection
  16. Iporaõ 1960
  17. A Janitor on Hansen Way
  18. laundry
  19. Lucy in the Streets with Ashes
  20. The Man in Blue
  21. When the Morning Air was Cold
  22. Night Stand
  23. objectification
  24. (Quoting Emily Dickenson)
  25. Racoon Eyes
  26. Red Lips
  27. Reflections on a dislocation
  28. The Runway
  29. sails
  30. San Antonio Station, January 3, 2005, 4 Pm
  31. Scene Report
  32. Shark Teeth
  33. Prayer for an Old Woman
  34. Encounter in an Unfinished Room
  35. Y Sovendo Morréu com Raiva
  36. On the Strand
  37. Tethered
  38. Before the Beast
  39. The Ties that Bind
  40. Viewing Bald Eagles
  41. Voyeur
  42. What I Learned on Summer Vacation
  43. What I Learned on Summer Vacation
  44. Without You
  45. Love Poem to You Written on a Mountain
  46. Your Tongue is Soft and Your Teeth Slide in Easy


I listen to the ways the world says 'you';
The soap used to wash your socks,
The water flowing from them to the drain,
The scent left on the feet of you.

The taste of your armpit tamed or wild,
Fresh or aged, shaved or cultured
Always eternally you.

The scars of your skin
Vigorous, healthy, the life of the earth in you
Exuding from you, you becoming you

As when fresh bathed, you
Come to me strong and familiar and always shy
Asking, learning and leaning and asking
If I am happy with you.

This 'yes', and all the 'yeses' of you
From me to you, others to you
You to me again and again an "I do, I do, Oh I do."

It's not just my tongue
Massaging the names of you across my lips
Or just my brain recognizing the scents of you.

Even too, the warmth around my heart,
The swelling of my blood
Has become a name of you
Like the place in my arms
The niche in my most inner guts,
This ingredient of my cherished dreams.

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    July 18, 2004

Stephen Riddle,
July 18, 2004

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