The Other Side

Wind carries Autumn’s songand I am crawling out of a nightmare Insides churning widdershinsthoughts grasping for a forward pull Have been to the edge,touched the volatile Birdsong breaks solemnityI catch a ray of light. (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @VjknutsonLast September, I was in hospital fightingthrough a life threatening condition. I penned this there. Image […]

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Platitudes

New perspective sorely neededcurrent one rubbing raw How can I cope with changewhen life fields me no support? The Hangman leershis upside-down frownmocking self- pity I sense a barrage of platitudesheaded my way. (Image my own)

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Devilish This Fear

Devil borrowsTwilight’s voicetortures sensibility Tangled bedclothesgrumble, inflexiblebedmates – unsupportive Where is reason?my mind wailsheart drumming discord I access light, perch on edge of bedwill myself to breathe (My dear husband is in hospital again, his fifth surgery to reconstruct his knee. It’s been a long ordeal and my heart bleeds for him. Fear is an […]

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Ebb and Flow

Shore knows repetitiontides thrust, withdraw –natural rhythm Why then should I questionstrife’s return – is it not justtide returning my load? Not as stalwart as the shoremisery bleeds onto pagetainting my ocean. (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson. This poem edited. Image my own.)

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Contemplating Slopes

Dauntingthe loomingmountainsideor the oceansidecliffs whose ascentmocks my limitations Fragile,the glint ofspidery thread,whose expanse, thoughdelicate, stretches without fear The way our income curvesdownward, whileour needs mount Life’s slopesprecarious, demandinginevitable, and yet we find ourselvesill-prepared when forced to navigate them.

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Uncertain Times

Like living in the shadowof a volcano, each complacencyshaken by treacherous rumbles While some seek equalityothers chew on bitter lackand who profits when tempers succumb tothe hot lava of anarchy? (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson. Image my own.)

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Relocate. Reset

Mom said sh’e leaving Dadcan’t take it anymorewe move. Relocate. Reset. Bullying at school out of controlcan’t take it anymorewe move. Relocate. Reset. Truancy a problemthen the rapeschool says I have to go. Relocate. Reset. Sister move back homeone unhinged, the other batteredMoms says it’d be better if I leave. Relocate. Reset. Shuffle boxes from […]

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Love’s Triumph

This shield of granitebirthed from griefno match for vibrancyof heart – her songbright as cardinalmust be heard –love outwitting loss (Tuesdays I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson. Image my own.)

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Guardians

Stalwart evergreenslike sentinels guardingpassage – this roadat times treacheroushas tested faith The wind tauntsthreats of stormsand still, the tall pinesstand their groundsteadfast harbingers. (Image my own)

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Overcoming

Feet firmly plantedearth centredreleasing a damof backlogged emotionawaiting rhythm’s return Does no good to cowerwe either suffocatein a melange of fearand pain, or find a flowthat carries us triumphant.

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