20sunnysky01It’s not the heat it’s the humiliation. I overheard someone on a cafe patio say “I’ve been prostate with the heat this summer.” I feel pretty sure he meant prostrate which means “overcome or helpless” as opposed to prostate which is a gland hidden safely up one’s ass. Though I do have to be prostrate to really enjoy the heat of that gland. But feeling that heat is not humiliating.20sunnysky02What is humbling about this summer’s relentless sun has been the need for sunblock. I’ve general wear 100 but some days I bump that to 110. I’m not going to get into any discussion about the effectiveness of sunblocks but trust me when I tell you I burn easily with anything less than that unless I carry a tube to constantly reapply – which is too much work – you know how many table napkins it takes to degrease one’s hands? 20sunnypark03If you run into me & think I’m looking rather pale – it’s my sunblock not my natural pasty white skin tone. I’d rather look pale than deal with skin cancer. A proper coating is good for about 90 minutes in the sun before it starts to sweat off. The next level up will be clown white 🙂20sunnypark04I’ve also added a sunblock neck & ear cover which I adapted from a baby carriage net made of a uv rated sunblock fabric. I doubled it & then added yet another middle layer of handkerchief. I can take it on & off as needed. It fits under my hat & gives me a rather desert rat look, flowing over the ears neck & shoulders. When it catches in the wind feels like having long flowing hair. The next step up would be one of those bee-keepers hats with full around the head coverage but I suspect that would be too suffocating & even more ‘odd’ for street wear. Too ‘odd’ for me.samp01

Motel Still Life (San Francisco)

the constant slur of traffic

on the overpass by the motel

hot sunny afternoon

dusty breeze seeping under the door

fried corn-bread tingles the air


the king size bed

hiding us naked on top of the covers

too hot for the heat of the moment

glancing at the mirror

wondering should the lights be out

was it too bright for either of us


touching for an hour or so

shower drip

music on the laptop blurs car slur


another twilight sprawled

alone on the same bed

arms and legs stretched

so skin can breath in the humid air

a scrape of suitcase wheels

along walk from room to room

doors open close sirens tvs

shouting get the fuck over here

you stupid asshole

the sound of night clawing to a close

half asleep from the

barrage blur of tourist delights


phone rings on his way over

he comes

I come he goes I sleep


cover170x170-1on going 🙂 when new podcast are posted:  Deliciously iTunes

September 1-4: attending FanExpo 2016 (I’ve already registered)



October  6 – Thursday Toronto, 8 pm, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St.



November 1 – 30 Participating NaNoWriMo



December – Thursday Dec 1st – Toronto, 8 pm, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St.divine



April season 3 FINALS – Friday April 15th Buddies in Bad Times – early show – 7pm startgames


June 2-4: attending: Capturing Fire 2017 –



check out these poets from Capturing Fire 2015: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx5KD1eDccdjdTdQ28kZRNg


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