Water Tales (2)

Lead the children to the waters’ edge, let spirits that dwell there enchant, sun glistening on star-filled eyes….. teach the essence of dolphin breathing, the presence of manna, how to question roots and behold miracles of fish that fly and colours that shimmer below the surface, and sons that walk on water – there are […]

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Naughty or Nice

Naughty thrilled her – lacked inhibitions toward elicit, tantalized by promised ‘nice’ Imagined blood red petals strewn atop steamy suds, champagne flutes and intoxicating entanglements. Fantasies never ran to infested walls crumbling in barren captivity – his version of naughty turned her blood to ice nothing about the scenario ‘nice’. (Tonight is the last Open […]

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The Art Of Survival

Learned the art of survival from father, a commando- trained warrior, never able to leave the battles behind A sharp-shooter, whose expert eye tracked our every fault, with sniper precision, shot us down. Innocence has no place when the enemy resides within; when trigger lines are camouflaged by wall- to-wall carpets, and young minds, craving exploration, […]

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Grey Clouds Hover

Life! One day rushing to collect kids, stopping for the dry cleaning, and praying the slow cooker is indeed cooking; and the next strolling down uncluttered lanes, contemplating absence.  How did we get here?  How did we dream so big and land so humble?  Gone are big homes and hefty mortgages. Hell, we’re down to […]

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Distance

Even in togetherness there is distance. I am alone – a central figure, distracted, aiming for contact, unable to eviscerate control, repeatedly producing a singular confusion. Define success… Is it the one on top, the know-it-all, or are these the machinations of estrangement? I am unable to discern – stability never more than a dalliance. […]

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It’s Not That I Don’t See…

Somewhere, searchers are combing through rubble to find signs of life, or remains, while I fret over the size of my belly, bloated by excess, filled by gluttony. Somewhere, a mother pleas for the return of her child, a daughter stolen, held by authority, while another cries because her toddler’s coiffed appearance fails to win. […]

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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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Hand Holding

Found my first love holding hands walking home from school – grade one. Father’s grip crushed, controlled, warned against disobedience, held on until compliance was assured. My sister’s hand – frail flesh stretched over aching bones – clung to mine until her internal heat burned the touch and I had to let go while she […]

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Checked Out

Every woman needs a man, Mother told her, to be complete. To submit, she realizes, too late soul traded for high-rise living, big city dreams numbing inner losses. She eats to appease inner sorrow – a second-rate childhood – afraid of being a burden, loathe to create a stir – conditioned complacency: appeasing, pleasing, follows plans, […]

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