The Tired Way

The tired way dusted
with eye grain headwinds
chills brain deep. Snatches
of conversation not uttered
heard overhead in branches
from where birds fly out
of sight without identity,
lack scent and leave
white poop on binocular
tongues. Hiss, hiss,
denizens coil louder
and louder while skin
tugs and muscles
twitch to keep joints
out of reach. Every fang
a fight. Every blink
a feather. Serpentine concrete
runs out, lizard dirt
feels toe soft sinking in,
knees, waist, neck, tops
of trees sputtering dust.
Enter. Many electric paths
instead of beginning end
here while the universe fills
as many frames
as necessary.

#NaPoWriMo 2017 Day 10


My last task I’m completing tonight. I’m exhausted. I kept feeling and pushing the images. It’s the snatches of conversation lacking scent and pooping, not the birds.

Long enough.


Sweet dreamzzz…

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet. His first published poem, "Roadside Freak Show," arrives on August 21, 2017 in Impossible Archetype.  His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (, on Goodreads (richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).