No Way In

He fills the home
with sweetness –
serenades their love –
while she picks away
at every gesture,
imagining subterfuge

His floral words
only serve to poke
doubts – she reads
between the lines
of ornamental landmines

He lights candles
to set a mood,
but she is already
planning a funeral –
her wrung out heart
unwilling to fall.

Toddler Takes Over

Look at me –
all authority and control –
productivity overload

until emotion,
undisciplined,
toddles in,
waves her curls
disrupts

feed her sugar –
a bribe to settle her down –
she’s having no part of it

topples organization,
sabotages rationality –
child’s mind taking over.