Trees Are Meant to Branch

Our roots are spreading, the umbrella of our tree broadening – Muslims now amongst our beloveds a progression, nurtured by a Divine plan – trees are meant to branch – hearts’ capacity unlimited an outcome that evolved – not because of that day when the impact reverberated across borders, dislodging fears – but despite it […]

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Monday Tourists

Rain-drenched roads kick up blinding mist, Eight hours – construction, accidents, snarly traffic ignoring neon: Adjust speed for weather We arrive at five – multi-lanes jammed – Quick! Wrong lane! Merge right! Weary commuters – tourists a rush-hour pain – graciously acquiesce. Welcome to Ottawa. (Inspired by today’s road trip and written for dVerse’s quadrille: […]

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Monstrosity

This actor, this ego demanding submissive idolatry Humanity is distracted – controversy, like celebrity, vying for social attention. Opposition barks obediently in response to dick-waving antics their questions only inciting more rage – he is inaccessible gloating, publicity-sapping ignores the plight of dreamers, of marginalized human rights inopportune for his pocket- lining agenda Heroic action […]

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Defeated, I Turn Away

Back rested against post, the figure guards the median – poised with cardboard sign, a simple plea for help. Positions himself amid gridlocked targets – usually, I look away, disquieted, but today I do not, wondering what I could possibly give this man that would lift him from his plight – surely others have tried, […]

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Good Afternoon?

Rumi’s dawn breezes – once sage advice – now taunt me.  I am loathe to greet the day, not that I despise its arrival, rather that waking has become laborious since the onset of chronic illness.  Daughter of a military man, I am conditioned to rise before the sun, have a lifetime of such anecdotes […]

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Aftermath

The sibilant hiss of fridge slays this silence – I am numb, hummed, lulled by sleepiness – slippery echoes of weekend’s voices linger, ring in my ears, the disruption ending so abruptly – I am rendered listless, fuzzed. (Onomatopoeia is the prompt tonight at dVerse, hosted by Bjorn.)

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Cracked Eggs

I have eggs, she cooed, here in my basket – care to have a peek? Considered his response carefully, not wanting to count this chicken, even as the plot was hatching. Hesitation, she scolded, only ever loses. Yes, he concurred, but if I act too early all you’ll get is a worm. (Twisted Adages is the […]

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Mother

Mother to a child – barely able to tie shoes watching, listening, ever-present through fields, trees, at water’s edge provided shelter, grounding – whispered cautions child grew, left her side – pursued dreams until life overwhelming – an adult returns “Mother?” she cries. “Here,” Earth responds. (It’s quadrille night at dVerse, and Kim is hosting […]

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Sacred Fire

Set the stones with reverence for the directions for the spirits for the elders – stories, like sacred threads, weave legacy, Bodies decline, but spirit is fire – built with sacred intent, sparks become flames; fire has ears hears our prayers transforms the message – praises for the gods, inspiring peace. (Sacred Fire is dedicated to […]

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Protesting is Pointless

Go ahead, spin your yarns – convince me not to persecute Can you not see my skin is naught but tin; I am metal inside and out You are looking for sympathy – requires a being with a heart – I am no such fool. Hush your mournful pleas, quit dragging on me; I’ve no […]

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