Children

They are Of laughter Of smiles Of idle dismissals and warring for property rights They are ever mining in curiosity They are ever needing food, needing care They are giving hugs and needing hugs and reaching reaching They are rage, tears and screams in a moment. They underslept and overenergized They are a merrygoround of…

Absence- by Billy Collins

This Tuesday, November 12, Billy Collins is doing a reading at Rollins College in Orlando, FL. Come see this amazing poet! ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- This morning as low clouds skidded over the spires of the city   I found next to a bench in the park an ivory chess piece –   the white knight as it…

Kites Shooting for the Stars

Remembering the face of The taste of Oxygen in the lungs of my heart Remember the place of The dance of when a new life begins to start Remembering the time how The way of Clouds lifting from scars Remembering the feel of The sound of Kites shooting for the stars Remembering the touch of…

Driver

Please take the wheel Choose the road Take this body to some unknown place Take the risk Of going in the other lane When it’s occupied By another, larger vehicle Touch the gas pedal Choose our speed Fast through life Slow past trees Decide the destination Take the weight of living From me Carry me…

Ruby Slippers

sometimes I shut my eyes and try and hope that no one else gets hurt gets sick loses a life or a friend sometimes I click my heels and grit my teeth and hope for babies to stay alive in their mother’s belly’s sometimes I hold my breath and duck in hopes that hurricanes will…

Layaway

No feelings owed for two to five years. Make a future commitment For one tiny price. Today I put my heart on layaway The plan bought and sold a single minute for my cards to fold “It’s easy . It’s simple.” Promises made risks to be minimal One small payment here A sample of affection…

Healing Words

 If I could offer some soothing balm If I could promise rest If I could give you words as strong as your lost husband’s arms If I could give you promises like unbreakable chains If I could give you love to blot out his crimes If I could give walls that would never crumble and…

Will to live

I raise my white flag to mortality Assenting to her persistent demands I surrender to existence  A forced submission weighing down My duel is complete I lose to fate And walk in valleys These are hidden scrolls Rolled up for working days A morn of sunshine dawns I smile to walk and play It is…

This month births tragedies.

    No one told me to wear armor today. I really didn’t know. I wasn’t totally awake when the blows started. And, to be honest, it’s been like this two weeks. Waking up to unexpected battles. I wasn’t able to dodge the news about Dan’s death.   And there was more. Nothing softened the…

It’s the boy holding flours

It’s the boy holding flours at your doorstep and all you can think about is that maybe someday he might hold hands with you.  This is somewhere around the time where Sinatra crooned about Guys and Dolls, and Freddie and Ginger Waltz in the background.  “You are a murderer of love,” the die-hard honest fourteen…

Connectivity

They need outlets Without energy, cut off Even batteries Eventually run out Without electricity All parts useless Subject is object Word document is empty Social network disabled No new mail. No new activity. Without outlets, computers are boxes. Screens, walls. Without outlets or communities. People, statues.

Living in a shoe Waiting for you

Criss-cross applesauce And three text messages tell you I’m happy. One-two buckle my shoe and I might believe in love again. Jack be nimble, Jack be quick Inflating my heart with dreams is my new trick. I couldn’t be me without counting to three and hoping for One day with you, a baby and me.