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


No Substitute

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

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


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

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


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!



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


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


Beautiful and Dumb

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


Gram's Favorites

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

#NaPoWriMo Day 16!
Skylover Word List: GLASS


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


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


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


Unexpected Piano

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

Resort to defacing
glossy chick-magazine
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


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
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


Where Are They Now

The boys
who dismembered
daddy long legs
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


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
long haggard squalling
who would want to read this

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



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

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


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


Rabbit Run

Earthenware rabbit
from a highboy bureau
joy and sorrow
pleas for easy death
the cultish weight of adulthood
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


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