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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NOVEMBER 5, 2012 8:58PM


November 4, 2012


Rocky upward path
Horse shoe imprints in the clay
Dry grasses hugging stones
Grey greenish hanging moss
End of season. End of day

The wooden sign reads
Danger! Mountain lions
Maybe that's enough, I say
You say, Don't worry
Puffing on. I keep turning
Looking back.

In the evening chill
T… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 5, 2012 8:58PM


November 4, 2012


Rocky upward path
Horse shoe imprints in the clay
Dry grasses hugging stones
Grey greenish hanging moss
End of season. End of day

The wooden sign reads
Danger! Mountain lions
Maybe that's enough, I say
You say, Don't worry
Puffing on. I keep turning
Looking back.

In the evening chill
T… Read full post »
OCTOBER 17, 2012 3:12AM

Orion Weeps

October 16, 2012

Orion weeps

In the arc of human aspiration
Stars the limit
So it seems at first

We share a crowded stage
And wait behind the curtains
Taking turns before the lights

Some nights
The waiting seems too long
The audience dispersed

OCTOBER 9, 2012 10:58AM


October 9, 2012


Water and trees and sky
Blue, gold, white and blue
Stroke, stroke, breathe

The color of sunlit skin
Orange sherbet glow
A shock against the blue

Baptism of desire
I plunge my head down in
The current combs my hair

OCTOBER 5, 2012 3:46AM


October 4, 2012


The grey cat sits at attention
Deep night silence rings in his ears
Time, the construct, bothers him
Not at all. 
He is unencumbered by remorse.

In the absence of philosophy he sees
The universe unfold before his eyes
Dusky moth wings flutter in… Read full post »
OCTOBER 2, 2012 11:08AM

More Perspectives

October 2, 2012

More Perspectives

Flying or free falling
The light on land is sweet
And quickens the heart 
With sweeps of airy gold
Like moments of awakened love

All in your point of view
Says the man as he descends
Eyes focused dead ahead
Through the torpid… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 6:56PM


September 30, 2012


The new day wakes.
Crows' darting cries arguing their points
Gunmetal skies exuding light
Tree leaves curling in the oncoming chill

A stillness shivers in the core
Not akin to dread but more
Like feelings that takes hold
While peering past the edge of… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 4:03AM

After Midnight

September 28, 2012

After Midnight

Rules do not apply.
Time falls off the clock.
Words come and go
Without translation.

Think of all the people
Sitting at their laptops
In the afternoon cafes
Talking of "transition."

Life is short.
Feel the moment.
Even as your feet slip… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 2:54PM

The Color Green

September 26, 2012

The Color Green

I like the way it frames a piece of sky
In which just now I see two buzzards fly.

And how in contemplating this serrated leaf
I feel somewhere relax the grip of grief

That like an anchor holds me to… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 12:54PM

Bridges and Lines

September 20, 2012

Bridges and Lines

If you're the first to make your way
Down the path between the vines
In the early morning fog
When sunlight oh, so faintly shines

Your face may break the pearly lines
That cast across what would be miles
If size and… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 12:17PM


September 17, 2012

A woman I once knew
Black swinging hair and heavy brows
And challenging Irish blue eyes
Told her frowning psychotherapist 
She felt like nothing more
Than a fading spot upon the floor.

This was before she packed her bag
And set out for a change.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 10:44AM


September 16, 2012


In Camden Hills beyond the woods
And an arm's reach from the sun
The blueberries
Are fruiting by the path

Small and tight they cling
To the glinting granite and the moss
In the stinging wind and frigid mist
And penetrating light

Potentized… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 3:17AM

Speaking in Tongues

September 14, 2012

Speaking in Tongues

The world of sound has countless languages
I know the rudiments of tree
And am conversant in the vernacular of stone
And understand the idioms of river flow

Moving up the scale things can get a little slippery
What is said and… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 8, 2012 8:19AM

A New Day

September 7, 2012

A New Day

To get from here to there
One rooftop to another, say
You need to throw a line

Great snaking line that arcs across the sky
And hooks a brick and fastens to a dream
Life is only what you let it seem… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 6:23PM

Course Correction

September 6, 2012

Course Correction

Tumbling clouds of purple dust
Come roiling in on a northeast wind 
Crazy laundry flapping white
Bites into the bleeding bruise of sky

Yapping dogs and shouting mothers
Slamming doors and windows
Starting cars and sirens in the distance
Emergencies and cha… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 12:31PM


September 5, 2012


Sometimes you need to go
As far along a certain path
As old momentum pushes
Or until you sense 
That even though the price 
For getting off is steep
To even creep ahead would crush your bones

Sometimes a sudden wind of fate
SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 10:59AM


September 1, 2012


Blue moon nesting in the western trees at four
Inky garden waking, singing low
The sound afloat on waves of crickets' tones

In the room, a string of sound, high G
On which as if by clothes pins hangs
The sounds of ticking clock… Read full post »
AUGUST 31, 2012 8:51AM


August 31, 2012


We walk by letting go
Leaning toward the new
And swinging one foot free

Progress unfolds
Following intent
Or so it's meant to be
We dream a life
Unroll it as we go
Then write the text

We gobble up the miles… Read full post »
AUGUST 28, 2012 8:37AM


August 22, 2012

Fog hangs
Heavy as a dread
Cool black morning
Still as emptiness

In the quiet moment
Between the night and dawn
The silent trees 
Exchange their thoughts

They think into the ground
They imagine into stars
They inhale the life of birds
They offer… Read full post »
AUGUST 24, 2012 3:28AM

Way Finding

August 23, 2012

Way finding

There are times
When you can't
Find the light switch

And the dark hall
Is absent of doorways
And your wide open hands 

Grope high and low
So cold is the surface
Of lostness

You want to sit down
AUGUST 15, 2012 9:43AM


August 15, 2012


Lucifer has light enough to spare
And sends it shining into places
Where the needy lurk and
Talk in terms of Must
And Have, as in,
You must 
And I must have.

It's really shocking to behold
How sweet he is.
And charming as… Read full post »
AUGUST 13, 2012 10:52AM

Making Preserves

"To love that well/ that thou must leave ere long"

That is the tricky part
I sense a holding back
As if unpinning, one by one
Each photograph that fastened on

Makes up the picture that is me
As if dismantling my image
I can face the parting… Read full post »
AUGUST 11, 2012 10:17AM

The Moon in Jupiter

August 11, 2012

So silent, this August morning
With its zinging flat line pulse
Occasional spikes of crows 

The moon and Jupiter
And also Aldeberon, cymbal bright 
In the Southeast sky

On mornings like this
You dread to go on
While everything waits to be done.
AUGUST 8, 2012 9:27AM

Public Relations

August 8, 2012

Orion is chasing the moon
Wild dogs are tearing at bones
Not a good time for dressing nicely.

Invisible slicing devices
Separate people like Moses
Shouting at the bloody red sea.

Is it the season? Some bad moon?
Some shadow dragging over the land?
AUGUST 6, 2012 1:17PM

New Morning

August 6, 2012

New Morning

Harvest drawing near
Crickets singing in the dark
The vineyards sleep

The delicate Pistache
Breathing at my window
Entertains the cat

All manner of explosions
Sheer chaos might await
But now the sky is velvet black

No Dopler swishes clean the… Read full post »