Poetry

Pet Rich Ore

(Dedicated to chemotherapy) Steal the scent of aftermath, Of rivers, ponds, waterfalls, of Mangled limp leaves, blown Around. Fog, water’s mystical state Lifted the ground up by noon Do the arithmetic: What’s left outside after a storm? Rain leaves its distinct message: More precisely, less understood Oily ascension from the earth Reaches to encounter rising […]

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Poetry

Postcards

Postmarked: 1909 Three innocent kitty cats sitting at a table with bird feathers at their feet saying, “No Ma’am, we ain’t seen your birdie.” The cats wear bows and bells and Through the mail they fell.

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Poetry

Call in Well

Once in a while, take a “well” day from work Steal time to get sick from lack of fun. Oh, that’s a well day. Ditching work, Like skipping school, or cheating God on Saturday or Sunday, when even Omnipotence takes a break from our sin. Just go splice in a memory or two, just Let […]

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Poetry

Facial Blindness*

Her brittle old tortoise shell prescriptions Blur a head of softly graying curls He needs a cut, she whispers, always to herself. Anyone in or not in the grocery store line that afternoon. Recognizing Cantaloupe, honeydew, whole milk Lettuce heads and newly sprouted wheat, and Baby spinach asleep in the sway of her basket. A […]

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Poetry

In Therapy

While difficult, it’s necessary: Please forget whatever you’ve learned. Simply cast off far as your reach allows Catch right out of your murky memory Blue fins, red snappers, orange roughy. Back farther still to the new golden oven Our kitchen clock never learned the truth. A fast 2/4 beat jazzy dancing Upbeat, and a seductively […]

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