The Eldredge tie knot.

cotton candy theme
tie and shirt in harmony
sugar and cotton
Cup of tea.

every steeped tea bag
mood and alertness improve
—the bladder alarm

thinking it’s still there
my thumb rubs index finger
“phantom ring syndrome”

A thief’s possession?
silent in some dark corner?
anywhere … nowhere

cup of tea.

A four-day weekend
I’ve forgotten how to work
time to remember

My dog Quasimodo, he is a Puggle.

forced to remember
how I hate being outside
—my new best buddy

pack of strawberries
increase cereal value
for the next ten bowls

my laptop hard drive
couldn’t take it anymore—
no suicide note

pack of blueberries
strawberries overshadow—
victims of neglect

DOS

terrible graphics
nostalgia-colored glasses
better than Xbox

virtual landfills
submit links and articles
where no human treads

submit articles
infinity orifice
feed the index bots

a research paper
just to earn a single link—
water from a stone

pain of gassing up—
solace for ninety-nine cents
gas station coffee

bags under my eyes
nobody seems to notice—
but I notice theirs

Baraka

a Tarkatan grunt
mostly unremarkable—
peculiar name

bathroom tiles

a pleasant surprise
double ply toilet paper
happy birthday me

Tea Time

pile of akbar brand tea bags

Earl Grey treasure trove
already getting upset
only three day’s worth

Cup of tea with tea bag on a paper towel next to it.

tea, extra sugar
an ideal energy drink
shared with paper towel

No Tea

miserable cup
yesterday’s coffee lingers
a tea-less office