Note To Self

Checking symptoms for possible diagnosis: tab 1Searching for gluten free recipes for leftover turkey: tab 2Black Friday specials on tab 3Writing a blog post on tab 4Email on tab 5 Too many tabs open to concentrateand Christmas is loomingand the fridge needs cleaningand I got the groceriesbut forgot the milkand potatoesand guests are comingand laundry […]

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Stolen Identity

The woman currently abidingwithin this costumed realmis merely a lethargic versionof the once vital but oppressedMiss, whose identificationwas stolen by means of unsolicited adversity. The focus of this recantingis to invite a perspectivethat not only restores, butaids in the teaching of othershadow-selves, that to reassertoriginal nature is more than fair. (A quirky rant for Reena’s […]

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Martyr’s Lament

I wake before dawn,drive through blinding snowstorms,if lost, alter course – without faltering –even set out on foot when driving becomes impossible, navigating treacherous snow and ice, for you So you can get where you need to beSo you can succeedI risk it all for you I keep you by my sideso that you will […]

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Conjurer

Baiting her line with incantationsshe casts her spell… imaginesan ocean of possibilitiesready to nibble at her bidding As if words hold swayand patience, power; believes right intent is lure enoughto reel in destiny, determine fate. (Rewrite of piece formerly entitled ‘Fishing’.Image my own. Perhaps a silly goose?)

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Mischievous

I like to wear garlicwhen creating art –keeps the demonsfrom taking part Days I forgetperspective lost –whirlwind of inkquite deceptive (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @VjknutsonArt my own)

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Sunday supper table (sestina)

Two at the ends, two at the backone for the cook, one for the helpthis was the way of Sunday’s table:hungry tums anxiously waiting,family dog glued to the floorlest any scrap should need saving. Father would pray for all our saving;serve himself before handing back,while Mother paced the dining floorever offering us kids some helptill […]

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Survival of the Wittiest

Father demanded first slice of pie doled out with high brow perfectionanything less unacceptable Crumbly bits unleashed a tiradethe shame of incompetencecrushing the reluctant server Oppressed as we werewe children plotted,sought a suitable revenge He got his just dessertcherry with a subtle trace –scent of satisfaction. (Note: no parents were killed in the writing of […]

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Religious Calling

Armed with righteous conformitythe zealots rang my bell Came calling on a cleaning day, in that remote country hell Spotted me before I did themmy attention on wringing the mop No choice but to answerand before I could ask them to stop Carefully scripted narrativetumbled from pious lips Bemused, I noted neither blinkas I, stark […]

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Tongue Lashing

Countless, the timesI’ve spoken out of place –words spilling unfiltered –grading myself harshlyin the aftermath – Yet a pauciloquent tonguewould leave me drowningthoughts stirringin a stagnant pool –perhaps I’ll strivefor moderation. (Image my own)

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Coffee – No Thanks

Morning meleewith coffee pot –canister escaped gripcontents scatteredclean up ensuedsharp warningsto dogs eagerto help –second roundforgot to empty pothot liquid seepingeverywhere –I’m a tea drinker. Need I describe more?

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