Thursday, July 30, 2015


Starbucks, Starbucks;
why don't we go to Starbucks?
They write your name right on your cup,
and I won't have to explain

that though I'm pretty good with faces
and we've shared our private places -
groomed and roomed in each other's spaces -
I can't recall your name.

So . . . 

Starbucks, Starbucks;
let's just go to Starbucks.
They'll write names on both our cups
and spare us both some shame.

Inspired by the Dustin cartoon in today's paper and submitted to Marian's prompt at Real Toads.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


It was a doom filled day in '29
when our superheros lost their lives;
when Batman fell from a perilous height,
and Superman succumbed to kryptonite.

When Captain America took the field
and left it carried on his shield,
and Wonder Woman
finally died
of hypothermia.

For The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Jungle Without A King

Inside shook and echoed
with the roar of a left foot lion.
was a jungle with no king.

Bottom land and pasture -
barbed wired, but barely captured.
Blackjacks growing
nearly wild as me.

Down by the creek, I'd dream
up dragons from the stars
and feed them
my weakness and fear.

By the storm split tree, I'd scream at things
for being what they are
for a cicada girl
in her 13th year.

A bit of Cadence in Free Verse for Play It Again at Real Toads.
Also submitted to Poetry Pantry

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sunrise Ruins

Sunrise ruins a dream
of speaking

shimmers of heat
and fear/offering

so much of me

that nothing needs
or wants to feed anymore.

It's sad, sorry, spineless relief
this being kept and becoming meat.
Losing tongue / keeping teeth
and silence


For M's prompt at Real Toads

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Salt On The Rim

Too quiet means there's trouble,
as every mother knows.
A little salt on the rim of paradise
preserves a humble soul.

Got wine to cleanse the palette.
Vinegar for scrubbin' the floor.
Honey to draw the flies to your fingers;
duct tape for the old screen door.

For The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Monday, July 20, 2015

Chasing Rabbits

I fed my head a photograph
hoping for some second sight.
Or, whatever else might shed some light

on who you were
outside of me,
where you've gone,
who I'm to be.
Is there a story left to tell
or is the bottom of the well bone dry?

I fed my head.
Just like Gracie said,
I fed my head.

For The Mag

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Woman Of Faith

When I lost my mama,
I wept in the arms of a woman
who had just lost her only child.

My grannie is 82 years old,
and she is a woman of faith.

She stayed with mama
right up to the end.
Nursed her.
Soothed her.
Came when she called in the night.

My grannie is a woman of faith,
and she bears what she has to.

Yesterday, I called her.
She had spent most of an unusually warm
January day cleaning out her flower beds.
"Clear away the dead, and there's already new
trying to come up.  Can you believe it?"

My grannie bears what she has to,
even my doubts.

For Karin's prompt at Real Toads

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Wolf And Wheel

I was born breach and reaching
for a Bible and a break-up song.
It's eight months to the day
since I last saw you.

I've weaned myself of counting breaths,
redeemed myself by wanting less;
it's only when I dream
that I break and call you.

Sunrise sees me clothe the bones,
grease my braid, and carry on.
Summer's come and almost gone -
wolf and wheel.

Let autumn steal my time to think.
Winter, chill my blood to ink.
Spring is soon enough for me
to thaw and feel.

For Kerry's prompt at Real Toads

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Country Road

I pull verbs
from your summer

from your ditches
deep with weeds.

I string them
like barbed wire
through the fence

My sentence -
This heart

For The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Monday, July 13, 2015

From The Missed

Rising from the missed my
goddamn train like a totem on the track,
I'm soot black and swearing blue -
Casey, can you turn it back?

I'm a first time suffragette.
Haven't kissed a sailor yet.

Haven't broke my temperance vow.
Haven't had a chance till now.

I'm not plain, but I'm not pretty.
My best hope is in the city

far away from this endless prairie.
Otherwise, I'll have to marry.

Good Casey, if you'll turn around
and whisk this totem off the track
away from all I've known and been,
I'll never miss a train again.

For The Mag

Sunday, July 12, 2015


Shivering and straining
from  the bottom of the belly.
Muscles rivering behind the breath.
Dizzy at the edge of an eye and hot,
but for the cool, blue clutch of her hand.  I am

keeping vigil
for the next wet

The next weak whisper.


For Poetry Pantry at Poets United

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Wanting Not, I Waste

Devils scream.
Angels whisper.
Whore/moans keep me up at night.
Daylight's just a fracture
in the blackness.

I write it down
             to erase,
Cut out my tongue
             to kill the taste.
And, wanting not,
             I waste
my peculiar madness.

For Grace's prompt at Real Toads

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Pasture Princess

Fingers tipped
with trumpet vine.
A pretty rock
mine and secret
as the language of the fireflies.

4 o'clocks
slowly pursing
purple petals
to a kiss.
I'm brown and barefoot;
pasture princess
of all of this.

For Ella's prompt at Real Toads

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Night You Came

I walked circles
sacred and profane
under a full moon
sacred and profane
and I told you things
sacred and profane

as all of me
to push.

For Midweek Motif at Poets United

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Bipolar Poet

Writes happy sentences
that end in black periods.

Swings from exclamation!
to ellipses . . .

and is often (an unwilling)
parenthetical to herself.

For The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Southern Gothic

I buried a book
under a cypress tree.
Watered it with whiskey
and sweet tea.
It took seven years
to grow Tennessee;
now he twines through my half-breed hair.

Over there
is a fine Sunday suit

for dressing up all of Saturday's sin.

Over here under the cypress tree root,
Southern Gothic

rising again.

55 words for Kerry at Real Toads