Mary

A matriarch who glittered without a crown she saw beauty on that night when the stars were upside down Feisty and well-renown she loved her family with all her might A matriarch who glittered without a crown And even as we were bound to frown her positive energy cast a light when the stars were upside down It was her wish that we’d all be … Continue reading Mary

Fall Away

Trouble, your constant companion shadow boxing as you explore the darkness I feel your desperation to find even a flicker of light hiding in the haze of blue smoke rooms I feel you even as you disappear, a phantom betraying blue skies and sunny days again and again and again You slip into that world, out of reach and I hold my breath, waiting You … Continue reading Fall Away

Hidden Hope

The rhythm of sunrise, the rhythm of sunset, filled her life Like a thoroughbred galloping along crashing waves her course left footprints heavy with intention She hijacked a trail of rooted memories and hitched a ride on wayward winds She caressed the hem of havoc’s reach and brewed a tea of hemlock and corn husks just to prove she could The rhythm, the rise and … Continue reading Hidden Hope

Intertwined

I am the heartbeat pounding beneath your music, keeping time, keeping time. I am the sun peeking through canopies heavy with dew-laden leaves, dripping through branches reaching out, reaching for you. I am the silence echoing through your halls of memory, filling your soul with aching, longing. I am each ocean wave that kisses your endless shore. I am the light to defeat your every … Continue reading Intertwined

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

Empathy

  Butterflies fly on currents the winds forgot released from cages by one who understood the hunger for freedom by one who felt the call of an open window by one who shuddered as every door slammed shut by one who grasps opportunity and lets it go     photo: Pixabay prompts: #becomingfragile, #WrittenRiver, MindlovesMisery’s Menagerie, WordPress Daily Post           Continue reading Empathy

Brilliant Light

No more living in shadow’s fury   Memory pulverized by delicate hands reaching to hold times gone by   Once brilliant blooms fade as satin rosehips crackle and burn over the sun’s relentless touch   No more justifying a masquerade   A fusillade launched by enemies feigning innocence fastens bloodlines to destiny gone wrong   With ice in her heart, she responds giddy in new … Continue reading Brilliant Light

Resolutions

A new year emerging, an illusion in wings beating softly a memory of loss engaged in deep conversation with memories of love this, an ordinary world, where tears of joy and sadness fall as one Differences find meaning in all that is somehow familiar   Days become weeks as months get caught in moments we collect Anticipation frames each adventure while time passes unnoticed this, … Continue reading Resolutions

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

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

Accused

  Demise beneath broken skies a cacophony of strident voices sentenced her to die by morning She’d be drowned in a well of shadows as the death bell tolled under a crimson moon such a hollow ring, a hollow ring Trust and love, a subterfuge Clandestine meetings in that old church passionate embraces beneath favissa and pooling wax Her lover unlaced her corset with gentle … Continue reading Accused

La Gaudiere

Maybe it was the summer heat a perceptible shift from the mundane maybe it was the summer heat   first attempts washed away the stain a tentative push toward rebellion a perceptible shift from the mundane   tired of leaning backwards, of the Machiavellian a nudge to stiffen the spine and vent a tentative push toward rebellion   partial became whole with each voice of … Continue reading La Gaudiere

Each Small Moment

  A quest for instant satisfaction drives fools to the edge, a rush of adrenaline to fuel fleeting desires wrapped in pretty packages It’s never enough to satisfy the need lurking just beneath Disjointed ambition pandering to greed, to need, to concede Settling for less when what the heart craves, what the heart knows, seems too daunting a task   Take time with the things … Continue reading Each Small Moment

Intertwined

With parallel experiences, our lives are intertwined though you tend to get lost in spice and smoke, preferring to walk blind Your strong desire to please, a dangerous mission leads you astray These roads you follow, silent footsteps on a fool’s array Wander as you must, choices and consequences become solidly combined   Your blood running in mine, spirits before us whisper and remind our background, this … Continue reading Intertwined

Silent Detonation

Scenes played out, familiar but not quite intimate. A slight detachment between performers and audience, yet a story shared by many. Mutual connection separated by varying degrees of separation. If each experience is unique, is the collective result skewed? A responsibility to warn of dire consequences hangs in the air, drowning out voices repeating old lines   a silent witness unmasked as worlds come undone … Continue reading Silent Detonation

Strength in Innocence

When Innocence takes delicate matters by the hand intent on silencing screams between warring factions Time is forced to face Introspection on her witness stand Social contracts shredded by meaningless transactions Intent on silencing screams between warring factions she somehow understands all views cast in black and white… those social contracts shredded by meaningless transactions serve no purpose other than to destroy and incite This … Continue reading Strength in Innocence