Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Machine

cello buskers
ukuleles
pussy hats and poetry
with lovely lack of discipline
the choir
sings

dialing drunk-
America?
leave your message at the beep
nasty nasty women
on fire

burning
the machine that swallows protest

For The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Poem

Poem, be wren swift and sing.
Be shapely as woman's warm thigh.
Play young with words and be wanton.
Then let lie.

For Kim's prompt at Real Toads

Friday, January 27, 2017

City On A Hill

The shining city on a hill
is real, but poorly built
and fragile.
Thick with the dust of neglect and shelved
a short reach for grubby hands.

Shake, shake, shake!
the center quakes,
and our pitiless artifice shatters.
Of the shining city on a hill,
only ceremony stands.

For Real Toads

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Inauguration Day

It rained on Inauguration Day.
Much like birds blacken the sky before an earthquake.
An empty head became our head of state.
And hope and change changed to fear and hate.

Like birds take to the sky before an earthquake,
we took to the streets to be seen and have our say.
We won't let hope and change become fear and hate
or what's precious to us be trampled and twittered away.

Taking to the streets to have our say -
marching - may be the last, best way
to keep freedoms from being trampled and twittered away;
eroded - six or seven decades.

So let's protest every day in every way
this empty head that's become our head of state
who wants to drag this country back six or seven decades.
And pray love reigns next Inauguration Day.

A rather rough draft for Midweek Motif~Change at Poets United

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes in the trees
if you listen.
Psalms from the rain soaked ground
if you slow down.
But I don't for fear of what
I might be missing -
moving faster
than the speed of Heaven's sound.

For Poetry Pantry at Poets United

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Voice Of God

I could bear the voice of God
if only it would stop

sounding so mean,
so male,
so Mars and misogynistic,

and so utterly de(i)void
of anything
like mercy.

For the Sunday Mini-Prompt at Real Toads

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Earth Axis Girl

Earth axis girl
with a spring fever tilt.
Kneel dirty knees
wet with murder and milk.
You're flowering.

A beautiful flowering.

Ekphrasis girl
a paint by the blind
blood buried braille
for fingers to find.
You're sparrowing.

Starling and sparrowing.

You've got sky between your thighs.
You're built of the bones of archetypes
that know it's better to be alive
than wise and dead.
So open up your head

and let wildflowers seed.

For The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Arsenic Mirror

When we scry with an arsenic mirror, poison
blackens the brightest suns,
fouls the fairest fortunes,
and smudges the saintliest souls.
Glass gassed with our own
undigested venom gives a glimpse
of the godless ghosts we're twinned
to in the womb.

Arsenic mirror (a highly unscientific definition) - an old method of detecting arsenic poisoning.  If the ignited gasses from the stomach of a corpse smudged a cool glass or plate, arsenic was present. Anyone else watching Taboo?

For Kerry's prompt at Real Toads

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Dare

I dare you to love me
just a little bit wrong.
Forget what you've read
in my file and my palm.
Wrestle me down -
a robin and worm.
If I'm wet,
I'm easier to swallow.

For The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dinosaur

I'm a dinosaur -
bits of dinosaur -
a fossil buried deep

beneath a hundred feet
of shale and should.

I have a pickaxe in my backpack,
a therapist,
and some weed;

I need to know if I'm extinct
for good.

The unconscious -
my unconscious -
wakes when ego sleeps

and kicks the puppies
everybody loves.

I have a strong back
and a small sack
of symbols I found cheap

on the internet;
that will have to be enough.

For Poetry Pantry at Poets United

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Daguerreotype



What will you make of me?
A wanted poster?
A tarot card?
An advertisement for skin or a warning against
such pleasures of the flesh?
Stern temperance or wet 
for your long stretch of dry county?

Around me
light is a thought barely spoken -
its utterance snuffed against my angular bones.
My eyes are the stones 
cast at witches and whores.
My cunt is old 
as the four edges of the world.

But I'm just a girl.
All alone, sir
and awfully grateful for your care.
A girl,
yes, take me home, sir;
take my picture if you dare.

A rather rough draft for Fireblossom Friday at Real Toads

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Confetti

I've written my obituary and yours as well -
in cool, blue ink - the sperm of a star.
Every poet for hire in a hipster jacket
carries copies next to her heart.

The time has come to be kremlined, Comrade.
There will be sleep and sleep and sleep.
Let the Motherland read you the fake news at night
and tuck your covers around your feet.

Observe, the book - spider-cracked down its spine -
the broken back of the written word.
Behold, Students, the annexation -
the looming cliff, the herd!

Some musings on the future for Midweek Motif ~ Vision at Poets United

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Two By Two

When he leaves you,
really leaves you,
let him leave you;
believe he's gone.
Don't try to carry on

or do your best.  Rest
in the small death scattered pieces of you.
Let the bloody matter dry.
Then cry -

forty days and forty nights
and out of sight of dry land.
Wait for his dove with an olive branch;
strangle it with your bare hands.
Drift,

and with time
the flood inside you
will subside,
and you'll have learned
the lie
of two by two.

For Poetry Pantry at Poets United