Facing Truths

I am gregariousinitiatorrisk-takereagerly anticipatingthe unknown But the subconsciousalights on old storiesgathers sanctimoniousrumours of unworthinessspits out shameand rage Reveals the truth –I am vulnerable. (Facing Truths first appeared here July ’19. This version is edited from original. Art my own.)

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(Water: Haiku and Free Verse)

Even the river bleedsfiery frigid essenceEarth’s watery voice. ** It is the riverthat calls, watersflowing through my veins and I, the bankssteadfast and holding the razor sharp edgeslike liquid steelerode my earthen postures challenging…blessedly challenging…the hardened places. (Water: Haiku and Free Verse first appeared here in June of 2018. It is has been edited for […]

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Louse

Self-deprecationthat louse that foilsrecognition What if I sacrificedthis invasive habit –allowed vulnerability Entertained possibilityof self-acceptance,treasured what is? (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson. Image my own.)

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Orange

I am orangein a monotone clime radiant againsta melancholic backdrop a poem withina droning monologue. (Tuesdays I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson. Art my own.)

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Equation of Self

Disclosure:While I strive for wholenessI am given to negative Thoughts –while fractionalnonethelesscount individually – Add it all upand I am at timeszero An integerswaying backwardsand forwardsbegging patience. (Image mine)

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Erasable

Paper me overwith carnal designs, I amhourglass losingmyself in the shift – pencilsketches facing erasure. (Tuesdays I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson. Art mine)

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That’s What I Fear

“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretence and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.” – Maya Angelo I fear living. No, that’s not it. I love living… …but I fear engagement… …drowning in engagement Except, I love engagement… […]

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I Am Shadow

I am shadow darkness clouding light sun’s alter ego – I speak of hidden truths, altered lies guard broken places Crack my surface I am ice, will thaw reveal patches I am shadow fear me not – a path to wholeness. (Tuesday, I borrow from my Twitter poems @Vjknutson. Image my own)

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Unapologetic

If they call you vermin show them moxie no explanation needed Best path is paved with honesty, avoid potholes of popularity Authentic self travels further without camouflage. (Image from personal collection.)

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Shallow Measures

Didn’t have to say it – read between the lines, the “and you too” as an afterthought pathetic attempt to cover truth – ugly I was, unlike sisters whose beauty raved Only in flashbacks, time gifting objectivity do I see it wasn’t true – depth shines through. (Image from personal collection.)

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