Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Just Right

In the room where we do our living,
everybody has a chair;
Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Cub
(don't call her Baby Bear).

Mama Bear has a rocking chair
to rock back upright despite the news
on the TV that's always on
(she doesn't care for silence).

Papa Bear, when he's home at night, thrones
himself in leather and puts his feet up
(he's had a long day);
now, he's master of the remote.

The Cub (don't call her Baby Bear)
reluctantly rides the couch.
She's got better things to do,
but she's occasionally persuaded

by strawberry shortcake or guilt
to watch Law and Order with the elders.
Who killed Goldilocks?
Just right.

For The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Hand Wash Only

The tag said hand wash only,
but I got busy living life

and careless tossed it

shrunk it down
at least a size.

Oh, my precious, precious hair shirt!
I've worn it most my life,

but now it's tight
and doesn't fit right anymore.

For Poetry Pantry at Poets United

Saturday, July 22, 2017

400 Songbirds

At the foot of a building that is not a tree,
reflected in glass that is not sky,
400 songbirds broken in flight

litter the concrete that is not grass,
the cracked pavement that is merely a path
to the next stoplight.

High above on the 14th floor
at the branch of the bank
where my name's on the door

a crash - a boom -
as of nature at war
with the beast of a building that is not a tree

and its swindling glass that is not sky.
We're drawn from our cubicle nests,
every eye

on the concrete below that is not grass,
on the pavement below that is merely a path

to the next stoplight.
400 songbirds broken in flight.

A rough draft inspired by a recent news story for Kim's prompt at Real Toads

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sin Eater

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Sin Eater,

you missed my hearse
and now I'm bound for hell or worse.

I've guilt within this gilded coffin;
feed before I waste and rotten.

How can I fly with frothy wings
deadweighted by life's sordid things?

Sin Eater,

meet me at my grave;
my tender, tainted soul to save!

For Fireblossom Friday at Real Toads

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Just War

just war - (noun) - a war that is deemed to be morally or theologically justifiable

Trust the church to give us cover
and comfort; war is righteous
to protect lambs
from lions.

But when the lions borrow
talons from the eagle and teeth from the bear -
when the sheet covered bodies stretch row upon row
it's hard to see who or where

the lambs are.  The wool is pulled too tight
over our eyes
to see our Just War is just     war;
both lambs and lions die.

For Midweek Motif ~ War & Peace at Poets United

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

First Date

First date.  Acceleration.  Horns honking.  Squealing tires. A sudden veer
through traffic, and I'm sliding across the seat.  My head
smashes against the passenger side window.  I see something less
than stars.  An elbow jabs roughly into my throat.  He is leaning past me,
over me, screaming, giving some guy in a silver Camaro the middle -
finger.  Curses and spittle fly.  Then, it's done.  It's as if I imagined it all.

Second date.

For The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Friday, June 23, 2017


The dead don't mind
if I sing off key
and seesaw their femurs to rollick along

to the beat
of a heart
bludgeoned and ceased,

but for the beauty
embalmed in my songs.

Bass clef cut -
my hands to start to treble
at all of the insides God's hidden away.
A score finally settled
and spread on my table.
A stillness, a movement,
a sheet to be played.

A little something for the Beautiful Freaks Fest