to those unheeding 

July 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

I could not control my lament


as sun

burrowed crowned head

into feverish horizon
leaving me

stunned at how

how badly we had

fucked it all up
dubbed by the record as

incompetent stewards

undeserving of this gift
when over my shoulder 

I heard the wind whisper 

     don’t worry so much
       the dead will surely sigh


       council the unborn
some it is hoped

                        will listen
(c) 2016 Fred Whitehead 



July 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

I stopped to talk to James


on the last rail of


   ((once a boundary for kids

             who wave

                  now from worlds edge
he went on about

        a place no longer

               being a home

as much as a spot

hollowed out to wait


wheezing ones way to a conclusion


       it is

       he said

just a place to fold

a faded map of nowhere

and to un-dogear pages

that will never be returned to
I picked a slat from the pile


                  the weight of it

wondering about his expression

which was not unlike 

that of a fish


       I could not hear
(c) 2016 Fred Whitehead 

having abandoned the search 

July 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

I employed the church key

his sister gave to me
she removed it from

the key ring 

after they found his Oldsmobile


and idling

near the river


sending a bottle cap

off the bridge

I watched it’s arc 
satisfied that

we looked

longer I suppose

than most would have
what is still unknown is

whether he offed himself 

or simply walked off

              to find unfamiliar


              in the stars
he was often heard to say

that his soul

          whatever that entailed

wasn’t packed properly 

loose in the corners

bunched uncomfortably

in strange places
I like to think 

he went to get a refit
to just once 

stride through the blight of his 

streets and alleys

like a banker on Savile Row
some I reckon are looking yet


I’m just hoping for a chance encounter
a question at the ready

about what 

he has seen
(c) 2016 Fred Whitehead 

Untitled 7/9/2016

July 11, 2016 § 2 Comments

Untitled 7/9/2016
there are not too many

things left to be said she said



         was saying something
so while sitting there

they wandered from each other

       shoulders and knees

       still touching
he was old at a loss for structure

so he ran through every blue he ever encountered

                               trying to

                match that

    of the sky

                 was at a loss for reason 

so she tried to suss out meanings 

in the lyrics

of songs

she was convinced  

she should have long ago

as the day spread thin 

a procession of regrets

came over the rise

each stopping to get reacquainted

before moving on
she dabbed her eyes he

steadied himself to help her up neither one noticing 

a crowd gathering 
as it got closer

faces came into focus 

faces of happinesses        

                of accomplishments

those of celebration 

       elation joy
as the circle closed in around them

she leaned harder

there are so many things left to be said

she said

and that

                was saying 

(c) 2016 Fred Whitehead 

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