4.23.2019

Can't Shake Hard Times


Hard times
gotcha by the collar
right up in your face
with its sour breath
and spittle

Hard times
pours from the sky
like it’s never rained before
floods your basement
with its guttural gulps

Seems like hard times
is counting your mistakes
then multiplying
by a factor of 4
some days 400

What to do with hard times
but eat them for breakfast
lunch and dinner
as hard times is all
you can afford anyway


#NaPoWriMo Day 23!
Kind of a horror in daylight? Sanaa? Tuesday Platform
Skylover’s Word List: SHAKE

4.22.2019

No Substitute


When you set
your foot upon grass
intoxicated with dew
and air
and freshness of things

Remember
your good fortune
Reflect upon the earth
as it’s long past time
to atone


#NaPoWriMo Day 22! It’s Earth Day.
For Shay in the Garden: POOR SUBSTITUTIONS
Skylover’s Word List: FORTUNE
And Merriam-Webster Word of the Day: INTOXICATE

4.21.2019

Seasonal Covenant


Seems ridiculous
to make promises
in a broken world
except there is still a day
in April
after such a long brown
when suddenly
everything turns green
forsythia and dogwood pop
for a few days of color
and the rain smells so sweet
I almost
want to promise you
everything


#NaPoWriMo Day 21!
For Skylover’s Word List: PROMISE

4.20.2019

Three Spring Shorts



Spring blooms
like tempers
easily inflamed














Sweetest blooms
traced closely
by the blues






Hope peeks
from behind
cascade of pink













#NaPoWriMo Day 20!
THREE SPRING SHORTS for Magaly in the Garden
Photos by Marian!

4.19.2019

Nesting


Finally
completed work
on my most comfortable
nest with a view

Decorated with photos
of us in happy times
enjoyed a good night’s sleep
since I don’t know how long

But as I discovered
that someone stole my ladder
now I’m thinking
on whether to stay here

Or to burn the damn tree down


#NaPoWriMo Day 19!
For Kerry’s prompt in the Garden: MY OWN MUSE

4.18.2019

Such a Pretty Girl


Pinch-lipped smile
painted pleasing pink
hides super-sized incisors
biding toothtime
just aching to strike


#NaPoWriMo Day 18!
For Skylover’s Word List: PAINTED

4.17.2019

Beautiful and Dumb


Time
was
we were
stupid, had
no idea the cost
of joy, its frayed edges faded,
thinning, splinters at the heart
        of things, always cold


#NaPoWriMo Day 17!
Sanaa’s prompt in the Garden: THE MIND ITS OWN BEAUTIFUL PRISONER
And Skylover’s Word List: TIME

4.16.2019

Gram's Favorites


Glass vase
holds violets
gifted
by a toddler
entwined
in springtime
memories
a gift from you



#NaPoWriMo Day 16!
Skylover Word List: GLASS

4.15.2019

Apples to Oranges


Hard rain awoke me
from workplace dreams
arranging by spreadsheet
comparative thunders
and cephalophores


#NaPoWriMo Day 15!
Skylover’s Word List: COMPARE

4.14.2019

In Which I Admit to Lacking Faith in Human Ability


In this virulent season
flowers might confess
to a resistant case
of imposter syndrome
and take back their blooms

Birds might
simply refuse to sing
trees could just give up
say fuck it all
they prefer bare and grey

Wonder whether we humans
could pick up the slack
for color and fresh air
song and altitude
in this spring confessional


#NaPoWriMo Day 14!
Skylover’s Word List: CONFESS

4.13.2019

Light Up Ahead


Driving all night
listening to Son Volt
your hand on my thigh
eye out for the pulsing
neon Open 24 Hours


#NaPoWriMo Day 13!
Skylover’s Word List: LIGHT

4.12.2019

Unexpected Piano


Aroma of dewberry
     (retired)
precedes your entrance
& should be accompanied
      by sax solo

Resort to defacing
glossy chick-magazine
      spreads
with ink moustaches
and horns

Against all logic
gonna need another hit
     of CafĂ© Bustelo
to swallow down
   this desire


#NaPoWriMo Day 12!
For Fireblossom Friday in the Garden: LOVE
and Skylover’s Word List: DEFACED

N.B. All love & respect to extraordinary Shay, always! xo


4.11.2019

None of This Is Mine, It Is All Yours


Sometimes I am deep
in the loss of holding hands
while we cross the street
and missing your sweaty head
on my arm
in my bed
at night

Now I sleep while you write
in the most delicious
role reversal I can imagine
and I am a supporting character
in the story
yours
to plot


Happy 13th Birthday to my daughter Anne
with all the love now and forever
xoxo Mama

#NaPoWriMo Day 11!
Skylover Word List: MUSE

4.10.2019

Where Are They Now


The boys
who dismembered
daddy long legs
under-the-bridge
crick crayfish
my kitten
whose name was Katy
What happened
to the boys
I was scared of


#NaPoWriMo Day 10!
Prompted by Skylover Word List: CREATURES

4.09.2019

It's Only a Dream


A collection
of opuscula deriving
from my dreams
would describe
tooth decay
flesh decay
maze of city streets
losing my children
repeatedly
graphically
long haggard squalling
who would want to read this


#NaPoWriMo Day 9!
Skylover’s Word List: FLESH
Merriam-Webster Word of the Day: OPUSCULUM

4.08.2019

Listen


To voices
of constant pain
chronically unheard
abysmally facing
deficits
of understanding
acute fear
and deepening harm
our monuments
to grief


#NaPoWriMo Day 8!
Prompted by Skylover’s Word List: MONUMENTS

4.07.2019

Just Another Day in a Shopping Mall in America


What are you doing? Leave
her alone is what I said

You racist fuck is what
I thought but did not say

Next time I certainly will


#NaPoWriMo Day 7!
For Just One Word in the Garden: ETIQUETTE
And Skylover’s Word List: GRACIOUS

4.06.2019

Rabbit Run


Earthenware rabbit
observes
from a highboy bureau
joy and sorrow
pleas for easy death
the cultish weight of adulthood
pressing
dreams of fields of clover
wishes it could scamper
away from here


StarGazing Rabbit by @jasonlimberg


#NaPoWriMo Day 6!
For Kerry’s ART FLASH prompt in the Garden
featuring the wonderful pen & ink drawings of Jason Limberg

4.05.2019

Life Like Viral Videos


Memories approach
and recede like waves
sometimes assaulting
those who were only there
for a snapshot


#NaPoWriMo Day 5!
Prompted by Skylover’s Word List: SHORE