This Is How It Happens

Cherubic and reekinggrief’s pallor heavyhe comes to me Of course, he doesI am schooled in compassionseldom flinch at raw pain I attend to the woundslisten; reassurebut I am weary My own sorrow unattendedloss and betrayal an inner bleedknow I have only so much to give But he is not alone,there is anothera mere child… Cherubic […]

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Order and Compassion

Pythagorus surmiseda theorem of patternsdefining life’s mysteries Despite my abhorrencefor numbers, I concur thatthere is order to the unknown Guided by compassionI walk that intrepid riddleseek the enlightened path. ( Image my own.)

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Money

Daddy yelled and Mommy cried and new dresses appeared. A pattern my young heart vowed to break. Chose a man, reticent in nature, pursued a career. Then babies came and I stayed home and he withheld cash. Pendulum swings left to right – money holds the key to powers. Patterns, it seems, twist and morph, […]

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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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There, There

I wrestle with sleep – need overpowered by unease, senses on high alert, as if a child trying to intuit the degree of volatility in father’s drunken slur what will it take to find rest, to reassure the littles that the tyrant is gone and life will unfold as it will without the stress of […]

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History Lesson

Adolescence holds lessons, I failed to absorb, the leap into adulthood premature. Have a son of my own now, wish to guide him to solace, help him to settle into a place where the sky is prominent, teach him to live without walls, proud and confident but I fear the price is too steep that […]

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Face It

Tie myself to instability, conditioned to believe that sensibility fluctuating with insanity is acceptable. Insert responsibility to compensate for immaturity, am idle unemployable, would pack up and move my ass out of this stagnation, except anger is brewing as turmoil intensifies and how far can one really go to escape such legacies, knowing I will […]

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She’ll Never Learn

You think she’d learn – collects boyfriends like other girls amass makeup; always thrilling at the start the objectified male’s influence sticking; believes in commitment while inwardly protesting ego creates a scene, manifests conflict needs to break away – heart having leaped prematurely. You think she’d learn – past courtships have established that infatuation is […]

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Family Trappings

Mother, twice married, conveys reluctance, exaggerates fear – charted history obstacles a given. Father’s outing perpetuates disconnection anxiety replacing communication group wishes null Sister desires crack – living spectacle – addiction barrier to forgotten privilege Husband’s end plan race transmissions – dispossessed of direction – a dreamer Fodder for gossip – elaborate gong show – […]

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Love Matters

Ex-lovers, like criminals line up – a visceral backdrop Another vies to take their place, a critical eye and no-nonsense disposition questions motivations highlights the faults in righteous accusations, bends the arrow of blame reassigning guilt the jilted, now pathetic, craves absolution, starves for appreciation awakens to sickening revelation that sex alone cannot sustain relationship […]

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