2.29.2020

Skirmishing


If I could only start
my words would race
pandemically across pages
threatening the unsteady détente
nurtured for this long
between nightmares and daytime tasks
organizing the immediate
and planning a future free from what 
is impossible to write down
waiting impatiently
for reconnaissance skirmishers
distracting just enough
for constrained imaginings
to go viral


For Friday Flash 55 offered by Joy at Verse Escape

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