If We Were Having Coffee, October 7th

If we were having coffee today, October 7th, I’d invite you in and share some of this delicious cinnamon-raisin bread. Just the smell of it is enough to make your mouth water. I’d show you the latest stack of books I received from Scholastic. I think I order more than the students do each month. I can’t help it….I’m a bit of a bookaholic. Speaking … Continue reading If We Were Having Coffee, October 7th

Weekend Coffee Share, September 23rd

  If we were having coffee today, September 23rd, I’d invite you to visit with me in my home office. You can sit in my favorite rocking chair. We’ll use the mugs my husband brought home from Channel 8. He does cooking segments there on a pretty regular basis. You’ll see the cats enjoying the new cat tree I recently installed, and of course, Rocco … Continue reading Weekend Coffee Share, September 23rd

Exasperation

  Satisfaction lingers long after the chatter Accomplishment mine to hold In secret, I sample both the fiery and bland My smile a shadow as I savor each victory Haunted nights released, the ultimate success   What’s done is done and what is not, no matter Accomplishment mine, calculated and cold Refreshing – this final stand I embrace those who would name me contradictory A … Continue reading Exasperation

Love of One

None as complicated as the game of love Love as a puzzle Love as a gift Gift immortalized in music Gift celebrated in poetry Poetry both savory and sweet Poetry legendary and true True emotions lost in constellations True boundaries defined by irregular borders Borders on the mad Borders on the effervescent Effervescent ingénue is radiant Effervescent martinis shared on a romantic night Night spies … Continue reading Love of One

Resolve

Any day, any time now before it’s too late change will come   Delays battle deadlines even on a small scale Frustration is inevitable   Garner that resolve, hunker down for the long haul Inspiration is borne of patience   Justice knows no bounds kneeling before righteousness Long for vindication too long coming   Many might reconsider not willing to endure old-fashioned hard work   … Continue reading Resolve

Crashing Dreams

  None could predict the madness living in a childhood nightmare would become reality. Not for us anyway. We could not imagine it might become our story. Monsters aren’t supposed to dwell in our closets or under the bed but sometimes they do, disguised in the apathetic dressing of those who proclaim loyalty. That’s the most difficult part, being brave: having the courage to feel … Continue reading Crashing Dreams

Shared Lives

  My daughter says she listens to the sound of my feet shuffling each morning, my slippers scuffing well-worn carpet as if on automatic pilot.   Even behind her closed door, she feels me move.   Years spent locked in joint struggle does that. Or it doesn’t. We were lucky.   This new life, the daily battle to make do with what we had, to … Continue reading Shared Lives

War

  Safety and fear intertwine Corruption abided by rules and regulation All the while, the swain tramps across the fen to swear allegiance under the gibbous moon   The waif, brunette hair matted by neglect, slinks into the corner of a garage filled with weapons she can not name Her lilliputian life, the perfect cover to grasp all that had once been taboo   Once … Continue reading War

Migration

  I see you. Mired in madness, struggling to be free, you search for a way out. Embrace this journey as those butterflies in your stomach feel more like carnivorous crabs piercing the pit of your soul. Sometimes we must descend into darkness. Sometimes we must view reality through a skewed lens to gain perspective. I see you. We belong to the same kind, the … Continue reading Migration

Little Ballerina

  Imagination stands in the road, conducting music, ubiquitous as a little girl dreams She is a prima ballerina dancing in the clouds Rain, no match as she clutches her skirt in her hands Her steps measured, softened by the mist Arabesque, En Avant, Chassé   Her arms hold a dozen invisible roses as she moves… chassé, chassé Skies simmer as she raises her sapling … Continue reading Little Ballerina

Intuition

  Enthralled by the prospect of new adventure she followed blindly, slipping into a world where smoke and ash painted forgotten corners with the blood of the innocent   Whispers in the mist fueled the mystery as anxious breaths betrayed bravado Initiation demanded participation as she tried to strike a balance between temptation and courage   Last minute misgivings guided her spirit A feeling no … Continue reading Intuition

With Hope

truth silenced in the confessional   rumor of prayer rumor of mercy   she does not speak of nightmares instead she paints the sky   truth established in tradition   rumor of meandering boundaries rumor of desiccated trust   she does not speak of crossed lines instead she watches eagles fly   truth scorched in layers of disbelief   rumor of auspicious intentions rumor of … Continue reading With Hope

Arrogance

Greedy. Insatiable. Gluttonous purveyor of the unobtainable. A collector of knowledge stacked to the sky like a house of cards leaning into the wind. I devoured insight like a wolf scraping every bit from brittle bones. I consumed opportunities for observation until I lost sight. A sage devoid of soul. An attempt to grow stunted by failure to think outside that crystal box. My delight … Continue reading Arrogance