All copyright © 2003 remains with the authors.
All copyright © 2004 remains with the authors.

Frank Parker

gray cat haunches up
head down
the edge of bird bath
drinking in the cool
desert dawn
there's doves above
Palo Verde branches
thorns pierce the sky
describes a pivotal point
myself, I like description

(sorry to be a day late but Thursday is a day off for me, easier to write then...)

Frank Parker


Wish I had some weed. If I had some weed Wednesday would be better.
Understand today aint exactly bad but weed would make it better. Though
did jam some blues on bamboo flute with Otis Rush, some weed would
make the
music making better. Have I said "better" yet? How 'bout "weed"? Got
Good Humboldt bud, not that scruff from Mexico full of seeds. I mean
I-don't-wanna-be-this-high-weed. Know what I mean, Billy Jean?
bloom out of nowhere over mountains, horizontal lightning cracks the sky.

Frank Parker, USA, 9.9pm, 7/23/03


Zig-Zag Journeys in the Sunny South

a gray cat on the edge
of a bird bath drinking
in the desert dawn
there's doves above
Palo Verde branches
and thorns the sky.

wipes warm and clean
my worn out seams
died and gone
to heaven or hell.

when I slide into my blue car, a
gaping hole bleeding wires where
Sachdev's flute used to sing.

worlds crumble
do everything
do nothing.

Driving to work, at the first light

day laborers swarm a corner, their
brown hands, brown bags, Circle K
coffee. The light turning yellow, I punch the accelerator
belly up to the salsa bar

Frank Parker, Tucson, AZ 08.06.03


New Morning

it is good to begin with poetry, water the garden, taste some
coffee, play a few notes on the flute, B sharp, G
the wild flowers

Frank Parker


Frank's Home

a gray cat on the edge
of a bird bath in the desert

Frank Parker Tucson, Arizona, USA


Frank's Home

a gray cat on the edge
of a birdbath in the desert

Signal Hill

a family photo
turned into wallpaper

"the longer human history petroglyphs suggest"

Frank Parker


saguaro blooms


Palo Verde branches and thorns


Frank Parker
Spring, 21 April '04
Tucson, Arizona, USA


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