To minimize        sorrow’s splash & sizzle

baby lava drops        slow motion fall

leaving their tear ducts      empty of ways

to transport    the stuff of grief

some lean       toward heavenly things

the blue & white fluff    of paper Mache

obese clouds      of thunderous joy

the pretty and perfect        pulseless distractions

made famous         by the stuff of faith

consumption     is rarely subpoenaed

for questioning             too much stuff

in the gut’s garage           too much mail

in the mind’s cold box         to sort out    the real

from      the almost real    the who the hell sent

this wickedness to me     who has time

for such       stuff


by Daniel Edward Moore

Daniel Edward Moore’s poems have been published in the Spoon River Poetry Review, Rattle, Columbia Journal, New South, American Journal Of Poetry and others. His poems are currently at Lullwater Review, Natural Bridge Literary Journal, Scalawag Magazine, Tule Review, Fire Poetry Journal, West Texas Literary Review, The Chaffin Journal, Bluestem Magazine, The Paragon Journal and Sheila-Na-Gig. Poems forthcoming are in Weber Review, Stillwater Review, Hawaii Review, Blue Fifth Review, Plainsongs, Twisted Vine Literary Arts Journal, Broad Street Magazine, The Museum Of Americana and West Trade Review. His books of poems are the anthology “This New Breed: Gents, Bad Boys and Barbarians,” and “Confessions Of A Pentecostal Buddhist” can be found on Amazon. He lives in Washington on Whidbey Island. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. (

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