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We do not speak / Exchange pleasantries I ignore the building noise Focusing on the beep; Beep Her hands guide my groceries Across a sensor / this causes the monitor to blink After every beep She sweeps my goods then into plastic Bags become barriers There is no escape I pick them up from handles … Continue reading


Francine sat outside the entire night.  Unpleasant as the cool darkness was, she never moved.  Finally, her owner strolled her way as the sun peeked over the horizon.  He opened one of her arms and let himself in.  A small metal shaft penetrated her then rolled toward the right.  She didn’t awaken today like she … Continue reading


“Why do we accept being ruled at work, but expect to have a voice in government?” – Eric McCarty That could get me fired Voicing thoughts like that could get me fired I’m not irreplaceable; I’m no engineer I’m no firefighter – I’m not flame retardant But there’s a sense of survival instinct Awakened by … Continue reading

Reasons: II

Idea glutton (of-) disorganized joy Fiddling (with-), fumbling through clutter Mopped out along carpet Like a playful child’s toy arrangement Following removal from (a) holding bin(s) I’m my own neurologist This channel I’m on is empty of (fellow-) viewers Forever submerged in {{static}} Silence is an illusion; the chatter I hear is endless                I can … Continue reading

Reasons: I

Sometimes intellectual dandruff shakes          away             From my Memory                    Showering                                            down                                                        from my thought-roof My comb is a chisel That nibbles against flesh Teeth gnawing off debris Feeding the air with Leaping crumbs I gaze around the brown round table of minds And retrench myself in reality; They don’t know I just left the room; … Continue reading


Blooming high beams undress the darkness of highway 55 Then disblanket the posture of a mature doe Who is as still as if breath were unnecessary At these speeds friction screams For the death of bugs sucked into the vortex of suction/ This is the deep nothingness of lower Mississippi At an hour considered both … Continue reading

Hard at Work

     As I occupy this rolling chair of slight discomfort, my thoughts venture far far away from my work-related tasks. It’s a way to exit the cubical I’m contained in. This is what keeps me sane, I would tell a psychologist. Not that I need one, or not that I’d admit to needing one. Hell, we … Continue reading


     Ah! He’s home! I can’t catch my balance. My tail flings me toward one direction and back toward the other. That thing has a mind of its own.      Pet me, pet me. Let me out, no leash, let’s go exploring.      Wait, you’re shutting the door? Maybe he doesn’t see me. Ambush his legs, charge! That-a … Continue reading

Lunch and Love Poems

I’m in your arms, I typed this while watching the digits on my computer clock walk backward. Don’t let go of your hold Just allow me to fall asleep slow When my head wobbles I’m nodding-off I’ll fight this slumber until I mimic the dead Blood travels toward my head increasing the weight I’m dreaming … Continue reading


Creativity I hung my only cape at the back end of my closet; Since being infected with a virus My unfortunate immune system is about as Active as healthy young children should be; If a brain exists in my cockpit It’s got a starter button that needs a finger To lunge forward in one prolonged … Continue reading


I’m only another possible corpse Spirits whisper this into my sound cave No one is comfortable Here except the near Deceased – the refrigerator room Preserves the pain Sky blue paint coats each wall with The hue of despair Silence probes me into a muted trance Monitors are moons – they are The only eyes … Continue reading

History is a poor man’s nicotine; inhale the past

Death is the only excuse for an absence I open the plastic escape gate Finger the box and pack it [[This particular set is no ordinary Huddle of cigarettes It’s a “Black Leaders’ Limited Edition” The man behind the counter Described it this way, “You want Black history widdout readin’ a book, Just ignite a … Continue reading

Sex Games

My chess piece drowns his loss in pizza sauce That plastic cup that stares at the ceiling Labeled marinara – it cradles my king He’s too big for this pool, hmmm I say this As he bathes his hard head in the bucket He’s ruled over many-a-victory Like most kings he won’t slaaay the enemy … Continue reading

My Thoughts

Writing to me is often an exercise in bravery. It allows others into your psyche. This crevice inside one’s head is viewed in privacy. This is one of the benefits of writing: the writer is not necessarily present when another reads their work. This gives the writer, in this case me, time to hide before … Continue reading

Trying to get a Pilot

         “Ladies and gentlemen, the ten of you have been chosen to present your script to Mr. Cartwright. You were chosen for one reason or another. It’s likely that your script sucks and you just happen to know somebody that knows somebody. One or two of you may actually have good work in your hands. We’ve … Continue reading

Last Words

“Well alright.”           “Talk to you later.” “Speak to you soon.”           “You be good now.” “I will, have a good night.”           “You do the same.” “Will do.”           “Bye now.” “Alright then.”           “Yuh.” “Yep.”           “Uh-huh.” “Mmm-hmmm.”           “Yeh-huh.” “Bye.”           “Bye-bye now.” “Be good.”           “Ok.” “Ok then.”           “….”           “Bye-” (click) “You still there?” “Alright then.” (click) – Eric McCarty … Continue reading

technology detox

{One day we may all vomit from anxiety {Spewing goo until only soft dew protrudes from the lips {Painting unfortunate hues on the tips of shoes {Periodic spasms jolt the bodies of deprived addicts Wealth secures the luxury of machinery DVDs sell on black markets like vials of heroin Desperate exploration hastens the birth of … Continue reading

Chasing Infinity

That feeling of floating in zero-gravity A lazy swim in oxygenic space What a weightless delight           I want to eat this moment           I’d even vacuum away the crumbs [seconds]                     Imagine an arrow suspended in flight                     It moves not forward, but rotates                     Twirling like the digits on a combination lock                     Hovering by God’s invisible string           That … Continue reading

Gold Teeth

     I expected to see ravens or crows congregating around disturbed skeletons. But no one was here; even the birds respected the “No Trespassing” sign on the gates. The moon was to be my only candle tonight. My flashlight refused to come to life on my travel. I had cursed the batteries and launched the flashlight … Continue reading

The Word Thief

I hold a hollow head Like the suction cup of anti-gravity; Dumbified I wish I could take your words and run away with them Effectively make them mine Rearrange your memory Feed them to you and watch your world shake like a snow globe It’s only right I’m only being polite – Eric McCarty (1/19/2012)