The Scale

too much


it’s never


It Is You Do Every Time

is it ok to
kiss him back
even though he
doesn’t seem to
know where he is?

when he tells you
how beautiful you are
do you believe him

even though he doesn’t
remember how he got there?

do you answer the
tap tap tapping
on the door
when you know
exactly who it is

even if he just
looked up suddenly

not sure how it happened
but knowing he meant it?

It is.
You do.
Every time.

~ 7/15/18


On Call

I’ll always
be there
you call.

Not because
I’m waiting.

Because you fit
ever so seamlessly
into the life

I create
for myself
by myself

a little richer
every day.

I’ll always
be there
you call.

Because I know
you’ll always call.
Boys and girls, everything is coming up Betsy Roses.



Don’t promise me.
You know better.
Or, you should.

If you don’t
then we have
bigger problems.

Don’t say
you’ll stay.
Just stay.

Don’t insist
you’ll change.
Just change.

Don’t assume
you’ll deliver.
Just do it.

Don’t promise me.

I like to believe I’m pretty low maintenance in the sense that the last thing I want from you is empty promises, and I don’t need anything at all from you except the things you tell me you want. That’s all. Don’t say it if you don’t mean it and if you don’t mean it don’t say it.