The distance between

Squeeze my hand
let me feel strength in your fingers
Squeeze my hand
prove to me that you are more than a cold lump of
clay - Squeeze my hand show
me that you still have
feeling Squeeze my hand because you
can still hear me, feel me and I can still
hear you, feel you Squeeze my hand
goddammit Squeeze

-A.Badger 2017


The Prairie

views a series of vignettes
passing before the windows of its eyes
poignant tableaus
big blue sky and laughing grasses
heartache and mirth comingle
dispersing quickly in the passing winds

waits for a train hauling boxcars through the night
cachunkety chunk
click clack click clack
alternating shadows and light
passing before the windows of its eyes
no car standing out
neither the front nor the back in sight

stands alone on the edge of the slough
a single cicada winds an unanswered call to the coming night
no breeze dares to whisper
as the light slowly leaves the land
green fades to grey
no differences now apparent
through the windows of its eyes


-Toshio, 2017