Spike The Chicken Writes Again

Daily Verse in the Magic Hour

Spike The Chicken

Spike The Chicken
St Helena, California, USA
May 28



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JUNE 10, 2012 1:17AM

Dream of Spring Cleaning

June 9, 2012

In blizzards of paper
Shopping lists
Love letters

Journals of anguish
Documents of disrepair
Leaflets, flyers

Prayers of all kinds
Written in volumes
Designed for the loving
To grasp as a life raft

Of lofty dimensions
Are lost in the avalanche
JUNE 8, 2012 10:04AM

Seeing Through Illusion

June 8, 2012

We move through time
Behind us, rising in its wake, our form
That to the next one coming in 
Becomes the norm that shapes the world.

We venture forward seeing through the past
Our lenses all configured by what's gone before
We see through all the… Read full post »
JUNE 7, 2012 2:10AM

The Choice

June 6, 2012

From within the ambulance
I saw my mother hail a cab
Her trench coat collar pulled way up
Her brown hair blowing in the wind
Her right arm straight, gesticulating
It was Sunday, Midtown, traffic light

She was ready for a fight
Against the seconds that… Read full post »
JUNE 6, 2012 10:00AM

The Dark Wood

June 5, 2012

You can walk for miles in this dark wood
And still keep coming back 
To where at first you stood

The journey can take on a midnight mood
You feel you're on a path
That's winding downward like a drill

Yet every step is like a rock you push uphill
By some sheer act of will
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JUNE 5, 2012 2:46AM

Summer Rain in Napa Valley

June 4, 2012


Summer Rain in Napa Valley


Call it respite or a grace

A day's relief from searing rays


The fog comes in and lays 

A silver mist upon the air


And veils of coolness on the face

The sprinklers will be hissing anyway


And… Read full post »

JUNE 4, 2012 2:53AM


June 3, 2012


I once heard a woman say
That her ideal of heaven was

An empty room, a single vase
And in it one red rose

Knowing how she loved her clothes
And books and all things piling up

I'd say she had a… Read full post »
JUNE 3, 2012 1:58AM

Witnessing a Sin

June 2, 2012

Witness to a Sin

It was in a white tablecloth restaurant
In the center of our imperial city
Where players on the stage of state
Routinely escaped their offices and ate
Their dinners late, or Brunch, with shining silver
On Sunday mornings. It was Easter.
JUNE 1, 2012 11:14AM


June 1, 2012

Pushing the little boat 
Out into the rocking waves
Warm brown water
Lapping at your knees
Toes in squishy sand
Little brittle shells
Aiming the bow toward east
The rising sun 
The osprey nest
On pilings farther out

Soft warm air
Heavy enough to see
Seagulls… Read full post »
MAY 31, 2012 9:35AM

Drifting into Day

May 31, 2012

As dreams recede
I'm in a flat boat
In a black stream
Breathing easy
Nothing pressing
Gliding toward
Whatever's waiting
On the other side
Of waking

Stroke, stroke
My oars make satin
Ribbons in the black
When I relax
The current pulls me on
MAY 30, 2012 8:52PM

Morning Prayer

May 30, 2012

Morning Prayer

Give us this day
Our daily bread
Such a bold command
Even if it's uttered as a plea
Ill befits someone as full of doubt as me
I'd say instead
Since it's been given
And is mine to curse or praise
I'd just… Read full post »
MAY 29, 2012 8:59AM

Five White Raisins

May 29, 2012

Five White Raisins

Only five
Soaked in gin
The whole night long.
Take before breakfast
Before coffee or tea.
That's all there is
To this remedy.
Said the lady, in her eighties
Who had suffered bad arthritis
Holding up two perfect hands.

Perhaps we humans… Read full post »
MAY 29, 2012 2:11AM

Memorial Day

May 27, 2012

Traffic up on the road sounds like a sea
Cool hiss, fast slow
Everyone going where they have to go.

Now is the time of heroes and memory
Wars and death dressed up as glory
Age after age, same old story.

The afternoon garden breathes… Read full post »
MAY 27, 2012 3:04AM

From the War

Two bronze bullets

The size of flower vases

Stared down from the mantle

All the years when I was little.


They were silent

But imposing

Granddaddy, in his chair

Kept his silence too.


Sometimes he glanced their way

As if they held his secrets

What he saw in France… Read full post »

MAY 26, 2012 2:49AM

Sudden Summer Shower

May 25, 2012

Just after noon
When all outside shone
Like a cymbal crash of sun
I was lying by the window
On the couch
Buried in my reading
The New Yorker
Woody Allen
Laughing line by line out loud
When suddenly
There came a strange, pervasive smell
The smell… Read full post »
MAY 25, 2012 1:20AM

Potato Navigation

May 24, 2012

Potato Navigation

Down East
Which to those who do not live there is
Up North
Old fishermen in coveralls and heavy boots
Delight in telling about heading home to shore
In densest fog, in deep of night
In wind and rain without
A light or GPS… Read full post »
MAY 23, 2012 9:58AM

Past Forgetting

May 23, 2012

Past Forgetting

The road of many endings
With its potholes big as Cleveland
Led me here.
To where?

Look up. 
Spiraling in the cloudless sky
You can see the pages 
Sailing in the wind
From all the unwritten novels
Starring me.

I the mermaid… Read full post »
MAY 22, 2012 10:28AM

It Doesn't seem Like Much

May 22, 2012

It Doesn't Seem Like Much

At first
Just sitting here
In the room
With the ticking clock
The passing time.

Outside in the garden
In languages I do not know
Dramas play out I can't resolve.
The big blue bully bird
Scaring the dear ones… Read full post »
MAY 21, 2012 10:16AM

Garden of Mystery

May 21, 2012

I, the human, walk among the trees
And strain to hear them speak
What do you need? What do you love?
But their language is more subtle than my own.

They speak in tone, the color green
The sheen of sun upon a leaf, the angle… Read full post »
MAY 21, 2012 12:59AM

The Eclipse

May 20, 2012

The eclipse had reached its peak
On the card, its crescent shape.
Out in a rippling field of waving gold
Underneath a flight of geese.
I photographed it all.
You had planned it well.
The way you do
All things.
In the photograph
Your hair is… Read full post »
MAY 20, 2012 2:32AM

Napa Valley Summer Rain

May 19, 2012

The olive trees were raining in the Valley today
Sending sheets of tiny flowers shining in the sun
Sweeping down the streets 
And piling up in gutters like a dry rain
Riding on a hot summer breeze.

Tomorrow, there will be an eclipse.
A time of… Read full post »
MAY 19, 2012 2:49AM

Fear of Heights

May 18, 2012

I read about a poorly brought up man.
Who made a couple million when he ran.
He ran from Africa to China then Japan.
And broke all records since the world began.

I read about a man who when he saw two towers could
Not rest… Read full post »
MAY 17, 2012 10:05AM

Running on Empty

May 17, 2012

Sometimes life seems like an Eagles song.
Someone to blame, someone done wrong.
Too much effort is part of the deal.
And struggling's how we get real.
How do you feel?

I can't move any longer.
I just want it to stop.
My resistance… Read full post »
MAY 17, 2012 12:45AM


May 16, 2012


In the dark
The viney tangled path
The steepness of the trail
Whose length I cannot see
To defeat me

Who has a proper light
That shines the whole way back
And sees through all the cracks
And caves and broken rocks
MAY 15, 2012 9:23AM

Give Us This Day

May 15, 2012

In the early dark the creatures' voices rise.
Mirroring the stars, like pinpoints of light.
A chorus in the leaves, swelling up on earthy wind
Lifting up the curtain on another day.

Intermission over, all the dramas start again.
Once I saw an old man on… Read full post »
MAY 15, 2012 12:16AM

At Day's End

May 14, 2012

At Day's End
My head is like a ring
In which the fighters have no bell
The darkness starts to fall.
The residue of dreams
Grapple each other down.
Shadows black as vulture's wings
Circle overhead like fate.
It is late for looking back.
Take this off… Read full post »