Month: March 2021

Mothering

Paper cranes partially foldedfall onto the berry blanket, spreadbelow birch trees, whittled by winter’sfirm stand; black and white,stark creatures of dark and light,they oversee the murky evergreen lake.Weedy waters reflecting my daughter,waves of cool air spinning her weathervane hair,fresh white limbs growing like toenails;her new shoots point straight up in the air.

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La Senteur du Samedi

Saturday spritzes its cologne,fresh market trips and onion domes,the awnings coated green with lime;we’ve washed them now a thousand times. Saturday noon, a silly smell,grassy thrill of a young schoolgirl,church tiles like artwork that won’t sell;they’ve washed them now a thousand times. Saturday evening, dab of musk,time to take off the weekday husk,dried out hands, […]

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Let Me Be Your Ladybug

Cherish me, a ladybug,a good luck girl,landing on your biking legfeet from the greenest riverbed. Perched in the crack ofGrandpa’s shed.The biggest surpriseon a slithering spring day. Eating my waythrough garden pests.My hard shellgives the predators hell. Lift my origami wings,convertible mobility,a treasure to an eight-year-old,redhead, moving within sunlight. Down from hot tin,a spiraling stripe […]

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Fibbing Friday-March 26th

What is a huskador? A big, strong door that makes a low-pitched sound when you finally pry it open. What is a cavapoo? A Spanish wine you had high hopes for that ended up tasting like shit. What is a chorkie? Well, that ‘appens to be a Yorkshire tyke whose chortling. What is a lollie? […]

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Flashback Track #9

Life’s luckiest combinations often happen purely by chance. Today’s flashback track is an example of a peculiar combination of luck. American rock band, Tommy James and the Shondells released “Crimson and Clover” in late 1968 as a rough mix after a radio station interview secretly recorded the track and “accidentally” leaked it. As the band […]

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Broadway Boogie Woogie

Rattling can clapping downTimes Square,the whole length of the islandrotted bare,the only raucous applause,a jackhammer affair. From the Avenue of the Americasno parades,Broadway’s been cut in halfthese days.billboards dangle,velvet stanchion frays,playbills clog gutters,the marques fade. Broadway Boogie Woogieno more,no neon lights,locked Backstage door;Will there be an encore? This piece was prepared for d’Verse’s Poetics Tuesday. […]

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TWT-A Nod to Hope

Prompt: Hope Hope is a thing with feathers hopping a fiery hoop before a springtime swim towards the horizon, heedless of shoreline. “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”― William Faulkner “Hope is the thing with feathersThat perches in the soulAnd sings the tune without the […]

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Quadrille #124 Lakeside Knot

Lakeside Knot Raisin wings drape the lake,lint brush head, a twisting rake.The neck of a white swan,a blindfolded snowflake,Bordeaux shades of body-bending,layer-cake of spring suspending,yellow bill of duck upending,winter’s slushy promises left to rotentwined in lakeside,Gordian knot. Thanks, Mish, for a great prompt for d’Verse’s Quadrille (44 line poem). Tonight, we were asked tackle the […]

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Infinite Sunshine

The blindfold fit snuggly over my eyes leaving me to smell the damp earth of spring and hear the rapid morse code twitters of the swallows. I’m yearning to unveil and take in my surprise.  You shepherd me up a slight incline, perhaps a grassy hillock, but we’ve traveled miles beyond my range of familiarity, […]

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Disco, Disco Duck

My mother’s record collection was the greatest find of my childhood. Listening to her music was a way of getting to know her in a way she had yet to reveal to me in person. My little sister and I shared a small bedroom with side-by-side single beds in our little white house with a […]

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Flashback Track Friday #8

Mr. Bump has been so kind as to host this week’s Flashback Track Friday. It’s a great song and a fun prompt. Be sure to give it a listen. Happy Friday Friends! A different type of post today. For the past few weeks, I have enjoyed responding to KK’s Flashback Track Friday post, and today, […]

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Fascination—-Journal #2

I’m three weeks in to a six-month novel writing course with Urban Retreat. So far, I’m super happy with the program, the rigor and the helpful advice of the editors that designed the course. This first month is an intense planning boot camp, so I’ve been creating well-rounded main characters who now have their own […]

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The Longevity Of Optimism

Yellow sunflowersan offering of friendshipof sunshinewillful andunwilling to wiltdespite the centuriesof suffering and shame. Do we create the artwe want for ourselves?The ideal.Or do we create how we feel?Is it possible to separate the two? Growing yellow willow vinesare enchanting, butthey will eventually branchobscuring our entire view.But for now, Van Gogh’s dreamof a beautiful townhonest […]

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These Final Moments

There’s only 300 meters left before the ultimate finish line. Keep your eyes down. Avoid the cleavage of a lime green blouse, the up and down bounce of the perky grad’s bottom in jeggings. Think of the polluted grey skies, the thin line of orange that hangs underneath like the soggy bottom of a creamsicle […]

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