Breaking Memory

I awoke to a breaking memory caught somewhere between layers of haze and impending storms I tried to hold it, to capture the edges before they dissolved back into nothingness My mind bent and curved as if it were a porcelain cup While the vision dissipated layer by layer, a release of emotion oozed from beneath Each harnessed the power of an elemental existence Fire … Continue reading Breaking Memory

Madness Reigns

Madness reigns as the tormentor waves her magic wand — stirring, whirling, executing the perfect storm Delighting in the chaos, she spears her vulnerable victim and laughs as she watches her crumble Slurping blood from cracked bones only empowers her cruelty Madness rains, falling from storm clouds she created from her own insecurity, faults, and failures as if she could wash them away Her animosity … Continue reading Madness Reigns

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

Just In Case

As a teacher in a Catholic school, I was required to attend a safety meeting last week. It was held in a church and two retired law enforcement personnel taught us what to do if there was an active shooter during mass. While an important discussion, I was struck by the contrast of the topic in a place that is supposed to be one of … Continue reading Just In Case

Recycled Power

Once the Harlequin, she danced pulled by strings she did not control   She tried to dampen rage, not her own She attempted to silence growls of the beast   A false smile belied inescapable tears She was a leaf flailing in the wind   Broken   But sometimes those damaged bits meld together to create something stronger   Sometimes something abysmal becomes a thing … Continue reading Recycled Power

Snapshots

  I bore witness as time swallowed them whole still shimmering, still breathing, still filled with life these folds of time capturing moments Gifts of the present preserving what will become the past I stole silent snapshots as the unsuspecting carried on ordinary lives My eyes more acute than the cameras snapping photos My ears more sensitive than microphones recording laughter I heard the breath … Continue reading Snapshots

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

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

Sleuth

  Hidden in plain sight between storm clouds and healing waters, messages woven between fables and lies begin in truth To deny its mission, one never contrite the weak refuse to see, these bedraggled squatters who miss meaning hidden in plain sight Ah, but the poet — the consummate sleuth focuses on a quest that constant nirvana craves… those words that linger between storm clouds … Continue reading Sleuth

Lost Keys

I walk the line between good and evil embracing this adrenaline high as I teeter between one side and then the other   The rush of air as I fall from heights borne on walls I’ve taken a lifetime to build set me free, set me free   Love never discovered wages war with love all-encompassing like a black moon rising above a cold sun … Continue reading Lost Keys

Fearless

  With a penchant for following her heart, being driven mad by inconsistent expectations became familiar territory Choosing this path, choosing to follow a heart made vulnerable created the woman she’d hoped to become, one bolstered by conviction where despair held no claim Strength defines freedom blazing a trail through chaos to a place of peace photo: Bing Images prompts: MLMM Heeding Haiku, #BentHalos, #SableSwanV, … Continue reading Fearless

By Chance

Barraged by noise, the clanging and banging sounds of industry insidiously creeping into every corner, every moment, every thought I lost the ability to find silence and when faced with adversity, issues and challenges relentless in their pursuit of chaos, of turmoil, of white-hot anger, of well-planned revenge I lost perspective I met a woman once by chance as we shared the same road Content … Continue reading By Chance

Summer Memories

They used to take us to the beach on Sundays. My grandfather’s rust-colored Oldsmobile packed to overflowing, a cooler filled with cooked chicken, polpette, and roasted peppers in the trunk. Glass jars filled with water jostled next to mini-bottles of cola and brown paper sacks bursting with peaches, plums, and blood-red cherries. Beach chairs – the kind with woven plastic ribbons of aqua and white … Continue reading Summer Memories