Disillusioned

How did this chasm,this canyon of liesbecome our normal? Facts, once the swordof intellect, redundant –we fight with hyperbole Voices raised, egos puffed –I long for calm, doubtwe have the wherewithalto bridge the divide. (Image my own)

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Dream Power

Tiger stalksdreamtime –meaning elusive I am technologydependent –AI stimulatingconnection Sense and instinctshelved in favourof pings and beeps Only in sleepdo I glimpsereal power. (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @VjknutsonImage my own)

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The Cook

She’s in the kitchencleaning, preppingsweetness, wishes to nurture childlikelongings – sugar ladengifts, honeyed chops hooks her men withculinary preciseness –as legend prescribes wants a strong, reliabletype to stir her ovarieskeep her dishing up love Disappointment, like raw eggdrips off china plates –shame of misadventuresshe cannot scrub away only serves tea now –the smell of liquormingled […]

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Batter Up

Intensity grips the bat-grit interwoven with anxiety Nothing less than a home runwins approval in this boy’s game The lone girl, I am aflamewith rage of inequality (Took a coveted bat and tight fist to get me here) Dig my feet in and stare downthe pitcher, ready to ignite the field. (Image my own)

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On Divinity

Righteousnessspeaks not ofDivine intent Indigenous sufferungodly loss fromChristian hands A Muslim communitymourns the brutalityof sanctimonious wrath Hate is the inventionof mortal minds – Divine love is a riverthat flows for all. (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson. Image my own.)

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The Lie

I lied. The initial seed of disappointment has fermented, and in the absence of confrontation, grown roots written sorrowful chaptersconclusion: unworthiness Why couldn’t I just have said:I don’t understandthis makes me unhappy? Where did I learn that prevarication protectsthat I alone am responsible for emotionsthat I do not matter? Decades laterI still cannot uproot the […]

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On The State Of Humanity

Inwardly we glow…so it’s said I shudderignorance gratinglike brancheson my windowpane Hope is a foxmesmerizes,draws me out,then disappears If inwardly we glow…then why am I so cold? (Image my own.)

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Beat Goes On

Big band galasSeaside dancehallsSwing dancingMen in uniformMemory-soakeddaydreams likeshots of adrenalinearthritic fingers tapto a distant tune. (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson.Image my own)

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Stifled Progress

Nothing about the job intimidates him –has lived the ups and downs of mental health –besides, he cries for the children, abandonedwho jump from home to institution, lost. Nods at warnings about attachment knows all the drills of the hospital feels certain he’s found his place – is hit hard by the rejection Seems personal […]

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Flee The Cult

A life of servitude,the guru said,surely leads to Nirvana No debate permitted –we are but plebesanswer his every need mere women, bornto serve, to nurture… I flee the cult Why? Because I can.Servitude does notnegate free will. (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson. Image my own.)

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