Sufficiency

Disability corners metwixt two directions –the hurried rushof ambition’s calland the gentle nudgeof wisdom settling Confined to four roomsI am distanced from –invisible to –the weekend warriorswhose self-satisfied grimacesrace by my window I remember that push –not enough hours to the daynot enough money to succeednever thin enough, fit enoughalways grasping for more… Legless and […]

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Soldiers Tanka

Sacrifice beliesoriginal plan – the youngoverlook fine printsign up for adventure -warrenders them heroes – souls torn (Today, we remember those who have fallen – heroes of war.Photo mine)

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The Wink

Father’s scrutinyinspired terror,but that night,catching the whiffof alcohol onunderage breath,I spied a hintof a sparkle –dared say so “Chip off the ol’ block, eh?” “Don’t you know it,”he winked back. (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson.Image my own)

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Lighting Call

Winter defines this stage,this page, night descendingtoo early for my taste If I catch a falling star,can I shed the excesslayers of this confinement Follow animal impulsesto a sunnier clime, restoreexuberance of noble youth? Passion persists, intelligenceintact, just need a brighterangle from which to reveal it. (Lighting Call first appeared here January, 2019. Linking up […]

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I Dance

Forgive the dance –it’s what I do –step forward,slide back,shuffle, thenlose the rhythmand start again. Reaching forward heart securely tucked,something embedded –cellular perhaps –invites the struggle and so, I dance –yesterday, a warriortoday the fooltomorrow only knows multi-faceted,roughly cut,a gemof an undefined hueI will always try again. (Poem first appeared on One Woman’s Quest II, […]

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To Be a Flower

Cornflower submits to Time’s deadlinesso, why am I alwaysgasping to catch up? Is it strength, or failureto amplify pressure –expectations set on high?Oh, to be a simple flower. (Photo my own).

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My Body Poetic

Objectify my body –I am anti-poetic –this shore untameable I am fertile, yesa producer of life,subject to tidesand winds, shamedby man’s propensityto overpower. Let me not sufferthe consequences of inhumane laws. (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson.Image my own)

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The Light Fades

Light fadessun’s optimismgiving way to shadows My eyes are drawn to hidden placeswarily seeking the source of this disquietWhat beasts inhabit crevices, what creatures lurkhiding in the trees that loom over me? Could it be the incarnationof trapped soulstaunting my passage? (Image my own)

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Incantation

Arrange the bonesin a triangle –incant the wordsthree times three Burn the evidenceerase your stepsPaddle off into the mist – You’ll be free… (Must be getting in the spirt of Hallowe’en, or watching too many True Crime episodes, lol. Image my own.)

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Jasper

I remember Jasperhow we drove upin that bolt bucketdrank grape sodafrom the dime storelistening to Dylan How the mountainsechoed our lonelinessthe answers we soughtturning us inside out –I dream of it still. (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @VjknutsonArt mine – an early attempt at watercolour)

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