poetry · relationships · writing

Call It Denial

He polishes chrome
while she shuffles Tarot

Luck temporarily
suspended by edicts

Life in limbo highlights
the chasm – incommunicado

They maintain distance
choking on tension

Define this as home…

(Image mine)

poetry · relationships · writing

Crazy-Making

Happiness, he says,
is your responsibility
and then…

If you love me enough…
If you showed more appreciation…
If you lost a little weight…

and…

Clearly, not my problem.

Really?

Is it always just me?

(For Reena’s Exploration challenge #151: Is it always me? Image mine)

creativity · poetry · relationships · writing

Is Optimism Enough?

Are you happy?

The question hits
my gut,
slingshots
down the hall
deadends
at optimism

Of course, I respond.

What else can I say…
Sure life needs tweaking…
I am learning to be better…
I can make this work…

Why?  What do see?
Thoughts unspoken
but the bell has been rung…

(For Reena’s Exploration challenge:  How far can optimism go?  Image my own.)

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Not Meant To Be

He was night dark,
ruminated over death
and loss and injustice
Don McLean on repeat

I was sunshine yellow
joy of living
optimism on steroids
Dancing Queen

If opposites attract
then we were magnets
lured by the mystery
One Way or Another

When night meets day
colours explode
light breaks black
Shame, Shame, Shame

(For Eugi’s Causerie weekly prompt: when night meets day.  Image mine)

 

Family · poetry · relationships

Parental Passages

Carefully we construct
security for offspring –
add luxuries to entertain
accommodate growth
play host to revolving-
door friends and dates.

And yet, we are graded
on performance – met
or unmet expectations –
held up against a stack
of other super parents,
silhouettes of perfection.

Still, we celebrate goals,
sprouting family, ignore
the slanders, and ease
into age with a tad of kook,
or wild inappropriateness –
all expressions of our love.

(First edition of this poem appeared Feb/’18.  Image from personal collection.  Submitted for Reena’s Exploration challenge, choosing the prompt: silhouette.)