Having lived through the drug culture of the 1960's "The Tie That Binds" was written as an allegorical metaphor for those who got hung up figuratively or literally and did not make it through to the other side. Those who have now - in one way or another - become iconic llovers of the reckless - forever dangling from the edges of periilous cliffs.


The Tie That Binds

She wears


            a long




                          loosely adorning

                             her cleavage


                                         black blouse



          at the second-hand store

                  or rather

                              "Pre-owned Garment"



Not knowing


                 in 1973


                            his activist




                                             by it

                                                   from a rusting

                                                              tenement basement

                                                                  sewer pipe