Twin Battle Scars

Love as armor and shield Nothing borrowed, nothing owed Calling to you, a wonder revealed Come, let’s slip down that secret road We’ll make magic on each battlefield This is the gift fate has bestowed Calling to you, a wonder revealed Come, let’s slip down that secret road Beauty lives in words slowly revealed It’s up to us to learn and decode We’ll make magic … Continue reading Twin Battle Scars

Shared Meals

I’m sitting in my husband’s office, just off the busy kitchen of this grand hotel listening It’s alive, this engine of clanging pots and pans – it’s heartbeat Snippets of conversation, the hollering across this cavernous room – it’s voice The heart reveals itself more slowly, quietly Iiving in those who work this space I feel its warmth as they bring me warm plates of … Continue reading Shared Meals

Heresy

  Sometimes you have to trust in tradition Believe in patterns of blood-red rose petals crisscrossing cold slate tiles in hallowed halls   There, images in stained glass windows sparkle and whisper believe, believe and while the words uttered from a cracked pulpit by a man whose sermon cracks with utterances of misdeed may not ring true to ears well worn by time and experience, … Continue reading Heresy

Sunday Dreaming

Monday is the Taskmaster         dictating a schedule meant to be followed         precisely   Tuesday is the Working Mother         rushing to meet deadlines while feeding hungry children         responsibly   Wednesday is the Dancer         grooving to the sound of her own music and inventing new steps         creatively   Thursday is the Flirt         winking … Continue reading Sunday Dreaming

Adoration

They urged the walls to talk, desperate to hear secret words only those worthy could murmur   With measured emotions they waited, motionless Truth — the only contender   Wishing in concentric circles, they rejoiced as a sonorous song played   Rich in its message, it directed all to rejoice Today was a new day   photo: Suzanne Olivante/Pixabay prompts: Olivante Poetry, #whisperingneds, Lyric Ideas, … Continue reading Adoration

Triggers

a look a particular sound the way a sunbeam stretches                       across a dusty floor   triggers   pictures tilted on their hooks worn out shoes by the back door a burning candle on a chipped dish     sending ribbons of smoke into stale air   triggers   hands around my throat in a self-defense class     hands gripping my wrist         hands twisting … Continue reading Triggers

Erudite as Weakness

    They wield poison pens fancying themselves erudite erudite thirsty for power erudite scattering ignorance ignorance spread in minatory threads ignorance draped in a need for justice justice meted out by frigid hearts justice in desperate need of stark reflection reflection distorted in a puddle of shadows reflection disguising all that lies underneath underneath that need for revenge underneath that call for action action … Continue reading Erudite as Weakness

Life Lessons

Confidence ebbs and flows in waves fueled by desire, by design, by détente   Backed up against the wall I reach for it, squeezing as it slips from my grasp by configuration, by conception by necessity   Emotions churn turning situations into lessons wrought with frustration and contemplation and intention and deliberation   My plan was designed in a way I somehow knew never could … Continue reading Life Lessons

Last Embrace

I suppose we all take for granted that these days would last forever Did you come to say goodbye? I felt you move through me                                 I was there                                 Your quickening pulse                                 traced the last beats of my heart             … Continue reading Last Embrace