Chris Gordon

Born 1966 in Toronto, Canada
Living in Eugene, Oregon, USA
http://antantantantant.wordpress.com
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you return with
a second bottle it’s cheaper
and goes with fewer foods

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

an automated message
from the library
it cheers me up

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

tucked in her back
pocket a pink packet
of artificial sweetener

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

looking at the veins on
your hands I think about
the planet Neptune

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

on the blanket on
the grass a few magazines
their different odors

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

waking in a strange bed
without my pants
a seagull at the window

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

above the bowl of
apples a mosquito
slow from the blood

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

swollen in the shallow
creek a novel open
near the center

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

a love letter to
the butterfly gods with
strategic misspellings

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

dusk turns gray and
hazy and breaks off into
several angry girls

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

the pill in my pocket
looks smaller
than it did this morning

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

the breakfast special
missing a few letters
not quite spring

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

at the urinals
we talk about our allergies
the war loses ground

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

a weed in bloom where
the fence’s torn back
the links gleam

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

the rain sounds
different when I lean my
head against your head

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

the fly that kept me
up all night I find
him on the shelf

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

in the parking lot she
notices the two notes
stuck to my door

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

in a small white bowl
the lentils
no one is going to cook

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

looped over itself
once a rubberband in
the drinking fountain drain

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

the smell of heather under
the bridge the black water
makes no sound

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

she says it’s like
eating a pecan after
having walnuts

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

one tied to the other
a pair of shoelaces
floating down the river

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

it’s been about
a year she suggests
you take a vitamin

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

when I look back
the light is gone from
the blue pine

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

your sock in the corner
of the closet a thin shoot
sprouting from it

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

the office at midnight
a grain of rice
in my chair

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

one light on at
the laundromat a blue towel
left on a dryer

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

while he’s talking
to the cop she
eats his hot dog

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

its view obstructed
by blossoms the room
a little darker

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

we barely speak
she leaves me a pear
she picked on a farm

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

just beyond the reach
of the light the plum
sags on one side

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

I meet the twin she
never mentioned the mist
lit briefly by the sun

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

the doctor’s office
a magazine left open
face down on the couch

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

blown down by the wind
stiff white washcloths
holding their shape

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

the blue jays have a spat
some cherry pits left on
a three of spades

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

the girls on the bus
discuss places
on their bodies

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

a headline declares
the war goes badly the red
umbrellas closed up

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

on the toilet she
mentions that cucumbers are
related to lemons

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

in the dust in
the corner the curling
tops of tea packets

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

reading the lives
of great people I shave
a little more frequently

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

pieces of the moth
that got stuck in the envelope
slide out

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

lit briefly by
headlights a tree at
the edge of the woods

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

other analogous
rifts in your story
about the plums

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

the slow guy who
just got fired he asks me
if I’ve seen a bear

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

the lump in the pillowcase
a pair of her panties
I’ve never seen

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

we get home from
our trip the brown crayon
we left on the table

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

the hand that always
aches a girl wants to talk
about long division

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

in the old peppermint
tin pencil shavings we
argue about pronouns

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

the anguish of snails
something to do with
fluorescent light

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

a screen door slams
shut the scent of
approaching rain

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

left on her desk
three paper cups
each with a little water

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

warm rain the homeless
guy offers me a cookie
from his pocket

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

my landlord who doesn’t
like crows she opens
the door without knocking

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

a cool August evening
in the shopping cart
some crushed daisies

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

following me from room
to room a gnat tries
to get in my mouth

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

a note from ten
years ago says you’re
going to the store

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

a patch on the road
where the streetlight’s out
the sound of moths

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

rug burns on my knees
I feel them in line
at the post office

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

a chair on fire
in the dumpster melts
the snow as it falls

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011

 

some noise in
the dark kitchen it
must be the potatoes

Cucumbers Are Related To Lemons antantantantant December, 2011