In 2021, I Woke Up

This year the plague cameand I blamed the windfor carrying destructionand I blamed the sunfor its ineptitudeand the rain,no friend of mine,only served to drownmy expectations. Lockdownand social distancemasks and antisepticshow was a soul to survive? Pushing 2020out the doorcertain reliefwould followbut change is nota date on the calendara release of circumstance I turned inwardfaced […]

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Shoo, Pity

Pity is a feathered thing, perches high above my bed, feeds off flakes of moulting skin, devouring the essence of me, till bone rattling with distraught, I scare it off. (Poem from Twitter @Vjknutson.  Image from personal collection.)

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Be Poetic

Woman who would picture home an icy decay is soon broken, a fated fool, she is always child. Look how young laugh, no secret to it, live like the sky, his day delicious. Cite brilliant poetry from gold air, shred time, post-needs cake, naked thrush. (Friday’s I consult magnetic poetry online for my inspiration.)

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Proposal Response

Aging I am/ but not without wisdom, and disabled / and in more ways, not – unreliability / the state of my body trending / creativity Escape is proposed / from this hindering attitude my oozing scars / soothed with tenderness beg a stand/ that revitalizes discover determination/ I am evolving This slumbering/ now awakening has become impulsive/ […]

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Life’s Breath

If eternity a breath, I must smoke hard, go fish a breeze. Only son, the explorer, always steel – red, green are broken, he puts those in cupcake. (Thank you to Magnetic Poetry online for the words.)

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Authenticity

The freedom to be unafraid, even alone, connected to a sense of purpose, a trust in a higher being. Never a thought given to whether the attire is right, hair just so, or whether or not there’s enough money to live on. Unfiltered honesty, a heart full of wonder, a mind open and eager to […]

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Blessings

Mother’s feet scream – agony of her miserable condition, underlying disease eating her. My feet, free of calluses, paddles slightly bent and fallen, carry on with forgiving kindness. Husband’s knees are red-hot pokers shooting knife-sharp volts with every rickety step. Mine are knots in spindly trunks that bear movement graciously, allot me flexibility. Father’s back […]

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All I Need

All I need is a pair of pink boots, the audacity to wear my hair as if no one is looking, the nonchalance to wear skirts even on the days I plan to climb, to adopt a no-limits, thumbs-up attitude and smile triumphant as if my world is a bubble of contentment, needs met, and […]

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Moments of Glory

Went for a walk today – pushed my chariot out the door, faltered after it and set out – a beautiful, sun-blessed day! It was an act of independence – defying shooting pain in shins, a groaning hip,  an obstinately bent spine – Carpe Diem, said I. Two houses, three, I smiled at passersby – […]

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Blessings

My mother’s feet scream with the agony of her miserable condition, underlying the disease that eats at her. My feet, uncallused paddles, slightly bent and fallen, carry on with forgiving kindness. My husband’s knees are red-hot pokers shooting knife-sharp volts with every rickety step he takes. Mine like knots in the spindly trunks that bear […]

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