parkingspaces

with the curtains pulled down
the vibrations&
the machinery sounds
might easily
be just
a complicated architecture
of organs
& tissue
that has swallowed-up
a community
of plywood dependent
animals

& the rattle&bump shakes
_the couch
_the floorboards
& chemical smells fumigate
every sq.foot
with the presences of
important looking vehicles

this seems an exaggerated exchange

for clean
visible

parking spaces

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Badeyes

some nights, i think
tonight,”i’ll be
attacked
usually __ walking home
when night wears its weight
around the middle
it’s eyes
it’s always eyes
&poorly disguised viciousness

i take my hands from their
pockets
turn the corner
,ready
&
nothing
but empty
anticipation

some nights these thoughts
_________find me
laying in bed
something awake keeps me staring
at __the __ceiling
&
i
feel
that living alone is interrupted

by hidden
unwanted

visitors

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commercialdom

go ahead
tell me the story of
your meat
singing in unfurnished rooms
like windchimes

tell me
how anxious since a child
to be touched
by Christ

how disillusioned
by the fraternities
of Sex

how you applied optimism
to the institutions
of workplace
of politics
of marriage
& bankruptcy

& i’ll tell you
of my
involved refusal
of these established

norms
& we can go together
on voting day
to cast our ballots
for a future
generation
of slaves

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earthship

lower the television
volume&listen
to Attenborough narrate
a dance of seabirds
mediate the language of Kingdoms
this
is background noise
i, from my individual won’t
revive the reef

feed the North Atlantic
rescue warming meltice
likely
though (i) might
vicariously
live through these vegetations

share a den with wolves
dream
deeply pungeant hibernations
blanketed, fungal
in shroomlattice
& sleep

numbering the foot trails
of
tiny insects

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a review

i would like to
apply myself(oh, yes) to developing
an identifyable misunderstanding
a
prickly personality
a drama-artist
pseudoanalytically re-
interpreting established text
,the kind of person

that others could look at and say
“Hey,
everybody look
there’s so-and-so,
i know him.” or,
“he enthusiastically
such-and-such.”
but
just
what
in Hell

am i going to do(?

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learned nothing

i remember crashing in through
the tiny balcony
like a plane nose-first
on the carpet
that

whole evening walk
started with badgrass&suspicion
chasing as people emerged
from shadows, from the moon
from the sidewalk

i hid in the kitchen
knees to my ears
waiting for
the headlights
the loud voices
to stop
&the quiet
to return

i learned nothing about
privacy
patience
,or love thy neighbour
“chickenshits,” i heard myself say

and i answered back

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Strawman

i think mostly never
that strawman should have been given

brains
for he knew quite well
that he was flammable
ergo, was self-aware

his ought to have been courage,
courage to brave
the inevitable pyre

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story

it all falls open
,you see(?
even this, a page empty
is filled

a trick mistaken for
magic
but there is no true creation
it is as nothing
from nothing

here you are
because you are searching
&I am here because
a
you
exists to find me

un-molded clay taking
shape
equal to the sum

of your heart

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Me and Everyone else

there aren’t enough hours in a day
for the amount
of sleep
i want

i don’t like schedules
why must i

wear socks without holes
trim my beard
wash my face
brush my teeth three times a day
use medicated acne creams
shake hands
be polite
say yes when the truth is no, or
no when the truth is yes

or remain silent when i have nothing nice
to say

observe (etcetera) etiquette

i would rather burp when i’m full
fart when i’m gassy
&swear
at ____ rotten children

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Saturday

i told her
the bed was too soft
&it made my
back hurt

an order was placed
online
&i would have
three to five business days

but i was diagnosed
at an early age&
(she knows this)

still,(she)
felt the cure
for a too-soft mattress

was
memoryfoam
so,

i’m on the bus w/
this sweet
ridiculous
gesture

feeling
awkward

i will write (her) a response
Monday

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redrum

the refrigerator is alive
with
biological smells

when the green
was
greening
grew there in silent
snatches
a thought inbetween a dreaming

Giants.
what about the defeat
&the
inevitable(?

but there will be many
newvictories
before

the decrepit moss becomes
un-bearable

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