Selected pieces from Half-Beaten, Eric's (out-of-print) first collection.

Haiku MomentWishing WellSyndicationInterstate 90Pheurton-Skeurto (Fisher-Price)

Haiku Moment

This is not
a poem -
don't consider it
as one.
It is merely
me
writing,
surrounded by
books,
electricity,
and a globe
as I stare
out
onto dark buildings
and even darker
streets,
waiting
to be taken
home.

2/11/94

Wishing Well

If I threw a dime
into a wishing well,
would it entitle me
to ten times more wishes
than everyone else?
or
If I used my one
wish to negate
everyone else's one wish,
whose desire would
be the more prominent?
or
If I dove into the
well and collected
all of the disposed coins,
would I be able to
control the wants of others
or
would I simply end up
with a pocketful of
spare change?

6/27/94

Syndication

I want to die
a television death,
painless, bloodless
and syndicated.
I want to enjoy
the perpetual
cathode resurrection,
available anytime
via satellite and
a package deal.
I want to rewrite
the has-been files
and reinvent
immortality for the
mindless.
I want to spend
eternity
in prime time
and a contract
that guarantees it.

7/18/94

Interstate 90
          (for Debbie)

Driving through the midwest -
Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota
to be specific -
surfing frantically from
adult contemporary to
classic rock to
six varieties of country;
life just does not
get any better than this
unless, of course,
you add in a few
hot pokers in the eye
and an ammonia enema.

7/18/94

Pheurton-Skeurto
(Fisher-Price)

I watch the little
village burn
as the smell of
melting plastic fills
my nose and the
taste of toxins
wrap around my tongue.
I watch the villagers
watch their homes burn
and my heart is
broken not by the
inferno itself but
instead by the smiles
of resignation painted
on their faces, their
instant acceptance of
tragedy.
Maybe these people
know that there is
another village just
around the corner to
be had for next to
nothing and therefore
sense no void,
but I cannot help
but experience their
loss, perhaps because
I'm the only one
amongst them with
the capacity to do so.

8/1/94