Saturday, February 13, 2016

Reciprocal Altruism

"Don't trust the cannibal just 'cos he's usin' a knife and fork!"
                                                                  --- Terry Pratchett

For you, my cannibal love,
I've blinded the jaundiced eye.
I see a hot bath
in the boiling pot;
protection in the knife.

For me, my cannibal love,
you fatten and feed for nights
of hunger as I safely ripen
in your hands.

For Magaly's prompt at Real Toads

Friday, February 12, 2016

So Much Depends . . .

1.  upon a miracle,
     the recognition of a miracle,
     and the realization that the miracle
     is a red wheel

2.   upon why
      the white chickens
      the road
      in a red wheel

3.   upon pretending
      I understand
      what depends so much
      upon on a red wheel
      and soggy chickens.

For Fireblossom Friday at Real Toads 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Somewhere Between

Somewhere between
the rabbit and fox,
bluestem rests
on the breasts of the stars,
heat lightning tongues
her red dirt love,
and my hips
are a chamomile cradle.

Somewhere between
the rabbit and hawk,
wind walks with women,
the prairie grass poets -
we big-bellied sisters
with brown berry children
squat birthed
in sod, sweat, and songs

sung and gone.

For The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Derby Horse

My heart lazes in my chest;
then flings itself against my breast
and gallops like a derby horse -
all at the sight of you, of course.

I try my best to rein the beast;
still it drags me, flustered, to your feet.
I stammer and blush; I'm mortified!
But oh! You make me feel alive!

55 words for Kerry at Real Toads.  Also submitted to Poets United.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dos Equis Marine

Bought beer,
bought gas,
soaped Tuck Fexas on my back glass,
and cut my Friday Con Law class
to make a Red River run

down to Dallas
to cheer
for OU.
Didn't make the game, but you got a tattoo.
Me? I got pierced just to impress you.
Might have worked,

but Dos Equis Marine
got there first.

A road trip for Corey at Real Toads.  

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Saturday's Monsters

Saturday's monsters shamble through
Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, too.
They're weary by Wednesday,
heads hanging low -
still Thursday and Friday to go.

For The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Monday, February 1, 2016

Featured at Poets United!

My very favorite Wise Woman Sherry Blue Sky is featuring me at Poets United today.  Sherry does such a fabulous job with her interviews; go show her some love!