2.02.2020

Going Out In a Blaze of Maybe


Foolish 
enough to fall
for the idea of a person
so that even after fireworks
when seething ashes
have turned bitter-blue
and almost forgotten
the idea of that person
remains
faint but always present
one still-warm ember
brooding below
capable of igniting
the memory 
of the idea of this person 
and tending it to full-blown
catastrophe


For Kerry’s February word list @skyloverpoetry on Instagram

2.01.2020

Heart-Root


My heart’s 
like a succulent
retaining 
a lifetime of wrongs
fleshy with nerve
Hardy
equipped with tools
for surviving 
long periods of neglect
blooming infrequently
if at all
In feast times
I’ve learned 
overstoring leads to rot
and after long drought
replenishes
So I adapt 
but it’s hard to cultivate 
new growth
in this climate


For Friday Flash 55 offered by Joy at Verse Escape

1.21.2020

Sorrowing


I am a mourning dove
considering what to do
about a day grey with worry
and consternation
Have I saved enough
studied taught enough am I
what is enough?
Uncertainty
like pigeon milk
roiled in morning’s belly
sunrise swaddled but I am
erect
perched with coo
It is up to me to decide
no permission required
sovran and innate
so I am
bragging my old wings today

1.07.2020

Conflagration


We’ll require
more helicopters 
to enforce compliance
with the national curfew
and ensure that nothing
gets out of hand
during our regular
celebratory bookburnings


Weekly challenge at Earthweal: FIRE

1.05.2020

Circular Logic


Listen 
for the sooted canaries
springing from rain grey
January days
concomitant moonless nights
as they
reveal the consequence
of unrestrained might
sustained disregard
for their faux-winter song
right in front of our earthworn 
weary and solitary faces
they are trying to warn us
if only we would 
listen


For Kerry’s January word list @skyloverpoetry on Instagram

1.04.2020

Ever-Rising Star



My Sister-Poet Kerry O’Connor created this precious gem for me
in response to my last music prompt in the Imaginary Garden
and in honor of our friendship, for which I am always grateful
and may it last forever. I had to share to kick off the new year.
Love, love you, dear Kerry! Here’s to a creative 2020 xoxo