Time Melts, Colors Bleed
Nothing fails me quite so wickedly as
words! when they turn against me,
huddling up in a corner and refusing—
refusing to play games with me
sulking, like a child with no cake
(no flavored tea, no raspberry jam)
with clam-shut silence resonating
through the whole house, and
only my (time melts, colors
bleed) impressions for company.
I’m mastering a polka-
dot dress and a little case
of Thursday morning nit-picking
has soured my work ethic
for near eternity (or close enough),
so if you see this in the crystal ball tonight
(me barefoot and dancing
in the midnight-painted street)
don’t be shocked, don’t shake your head—
just come and join me.
Straw & String
There are specks of raindrops
in the bluest skies, accumulating
like dust and cobwebs on a broomstick
of muddy string and yellowed straw
(not clean at all) and
with so little time to sweep out those
cavernous pits and
well, nobody dies without a little bitterness.
Best of Luck
Curious is not my cup of tea
and Alice can keep
the Cheshire cat grins to herself
or save them for the teetotaling hatter—
it doesn’t matter.
I’ve got a deck full of cards
and they’re all coming up aces.
It’s my birthday, m’dears…So in honor of that very special occasion, go buy yourself a cupcake. And maybe some champagne. I don’t know - it’s Monday. Go crazy :D
A Sudden Turn
Sweet like cinnamon, tart
like green apples, mixed,
matched and patched up
but god it’s so hard to write
sunshine from midnight.
Squeezing out blood from a moonstone
that has nothing in it…
and the whole damn world is riddled with leprosy
begging, on scabbed knees,
and scarred hands
to mask this grim play in fantasy.
Art (as an expression—
as a love letter to a long lost…
can box you in a brown paper package—
with one exotic stamp, and a simple return address.
But nothing magic in it—
you can’t bottle the sea
(or sunshine, for that matter) and
without those, my darling,
you can’t make him understand.
Glancing down aisle fifteen in Walmart, I saw
a young girl in a blue dress and black bonnet,
(no lace, no ribbons, no pretty white buttons)
shopping with a wicker basket that had in it,
sewing needles and six nectarines, and
her back was turned to me, a simple silhouette
of the ghost country that lives beside mine;
her black carriage and chestnut horse tied
to a streetlamp in the parking lot outside.