How

For Reena’s Exploration challenge: click here to see prompt and join in.

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In Line

Faint at the sight of needlesa squeamish gene, I’m sure Suck it up, adult self admonishesChild looks away, breath held Sixty-two years its been thustoo many pokes to count And now there is new promisea vaccine to ward off the virus Hope reduced to one tiny vialbelieve me, this sleeve’s rolling up. (Written for Reena’s […]

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Neglect

Oil glistenscontaminatesdrinking water250 evacuated 25 years ofboil-water advisoryan elder recitesand now this We’re not animals,adolescents rallybut ears turn awaygovernment wheels rust Neskantaga First Nationwant to go hometo live with dignityknow their human rights Do they know a .05% increasein corporate taxeswould suffice For the 73%of First Nationsalso lackingthis basic need AcknowledgeprioritizeaddressIt’s all they ask. (Written […]

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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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My ARt, Another’s Words

inkblots mutate to form pictures, alphabets, stories I did not create *** decorated trees sway to songsĀ  emanating from masked lips imagining smiles that reach twinkling toes andĀ  luminous tips (Words are from Reena’s Exploration challenge. Art my own.)

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Hand Holding

Father’s gripcontrolling crushwarned against disobedience First loveGrade oneholding handswalking home A sister’s hand –frail flesh stretchedover aching bones –clung to mineuntil too hot to touchI had to let gowhile she surrenderedher last breath. A lover’s handlacks stillness –strokes and cajolessensuality evoking desire Held my children’s handswith my heart – never wanting to let goprideful possession […]

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Stalemate

Invisibility is undesirableI am flesh cravingin a touchless world A voice yearningto be heard, a heart to listen – compassion growing cold. This sideof the table intolerablehow long will we continue Till the rage in me ignitessets your paper walls aflameand will you even notice? (For Reena’s Exploration Challenge: feature image is prompt.)

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Solitude (3)

Solitude.I dream ofpanoramic silence –breathtakingboundless sanctity. Solitude.Wrapped in separatenesscardboard walls fallencurling corners of instability –no refuge in stillness. Solitude.Smothering starknessmadness reverberatingcanyons of alonenessoverbearing. Solitude.Persevereregale momentsfeathered encountersfaces on screenstendernessin voices. Solitude.Grace finds memercy lifts soulpossibilityopens the doorpanoramic. (This is a rewrite of an older poem, last appearing here in August, 2018. I submit it for Reena’s […]

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Stop the Words

These thought processes…I am inside out, shredded…on so many levelsout of sync…hear my own wordsnothing but hot airmaking me so dizzythat I’m becoming afraidof heights….phobic, actually Breathe,I remember somewherebetween gulps of heliumand the hammeringin my head…breathe… Platitudes have no placein this momentin the inside outemotionally raw now So, I’ll quit the wordsbreathe until I find […]

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Light of Day

Failures, like eel grasslurk in slumber’s watersentangle me in regret I’m drowning in should’sand what if’s, until gaspingI awake with a start The light of consciousnessreleases me from emotional bogilluminates the rational I am restored, set upon the shoresof revelation, ready to stepforward with forgiveness. (For Reena’s Exploration Challenge: light. Image my own.)

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