we would go shopping in Henrietta 

the sprawl near our town 

parking lots stretched forever 

watching from the left side of the car 

it felt like another planet 

fluorescent and asphalt 

its monotony broken by signs 

the kind you’d find in airports 

I’d get nauseous in Henrietta 

from the traffic and ice cream 

the dazzle of a new toy to take back 

to Penfield 

we all now live in Henrietta 

mom’s gone with the sheen 

we find occasional pleasures 

amidst flash food warnings



I will do the wrong thing 

I’ll do it with style 

just to prove 

I’m alive 

of course you’re correct 

of course you’re clever 

that’s why I’m burning it all down 

just to start over 

Like a human 

 Like a human 

love takes off our pants 

leaves on our masks 

settling on lands 

claimed by earlier peoples 

running our rackets 

offering blankets 

reading histories 

to learn about our evils 

as Sinatra plays 

we go on our way 

smirking at prayers and players 

in the chapel 

We call it a day 

robbed of our fates 

unsure if anything we did 

was ever helpful

On Vibrate 

On Vibrate

vibrate the metaphors

fly the songs 

attack tomorrow 

with all you’ve got 

sex the silence 

dazzle the verbs 

eat the film 

cos there’s no cure 

Situations Circumstances Complications Consequences 

 Situations Circumstances Complications Consequences

where does time go 

in these times 

like to get some back

yours and mine 

I can read the news

almost make it rhyme 

but I get so tied up in 

this life of 

situations circumstances complications consequences

there’s no confusion anymore 

you’re expected to know 

what it’s all for 

and the things you learned 

don’t add up to a future 

what do they expect out of you 

I know something about you 

I know how we feel 

how we move 

further than that it’s all 

a trap do you blame me for not 

believing the truth of 

we might never get our day 

but we’ll fight to make it change 

moving in a möbius comic 

Beautiful Objections 

 Beautiful Objections 

there’s what you want 

what you need 

what you feel 

what you believe 

what you eat 

what you breathe 

darling we’re 

living things 

with beautiful objections 

nice problems 

keeping us occupied 

within this life 

there’s your time 

your need for space 

your desires 

your need to be correct 

your morals 

your parents’ photos 

that symbol 

around your neck 

your dreams 

what you think of me 

this fucked up 


beautiful objections 

a great mess 

hidden logic 

patterns undetected 

what we do 

how we dream 

the weekend 

my money 

another meal 

another kiss 

things on your mind 

sudden flowers 

Favorite Films 

 Favorite Films

I’ve become someone else again 

under the influence of a film 

something I’ve read 

and the weather 

I just can’t understand how 

I do this job 

pay the rent 

why we’re still together 

leaving is always strong 

quitting never feels wrong 

familiar disappointment’s 

my secret drug 

my favorite superhero movie’s 

the one about people 

who wake up happy everyday 

and do their lives 

Not Yet 

 Not yet 

they’ll get 

all they got coming 

watch them gloat 

with a satisfaction 

bordering on sadism 

give them their moment 

let it get into your blood 

so for when we strike 

late at night 

you won’t feel 

the slightest 




Where did it go-your promise 

to yourself or the world 

you’d held it; protected it 

for all those years 

to release to 

an audience of fools 

it flew like an untethered balloon 

or a deli bag on the wind 

the sense of loss or regret 

tempered by the beauty 

of the dance 

of life’s currents 

all promises to the wind 

as you wake up 

and recommit yourself 

to the present moment

Limited Edition 

 Limited Edition

this is a limited edition 

short print run 

there’s only one 

extant copy 

you’re the one

there’s an invisible mission 

you can’t understand 

you get a few breadcrumbs 

that fall out of your hands  

and most won’t know 

a thing you’ve been told 

and many can’t see 

what you can truly be 

this is a limited edition

it can’t sell out 

it only goes up in value 

with all you’ve done 

we can speculate 

they can counterfeit 

but when you’re gone 

there’ll be none left