#MicropoetryMonday – April 3 – 9, 2017

I hope you all have a great week! Are you surviving #NaPoWriMo? I’ve been reading so much fantastic poetry lately from participants! Here’s to another Micropoetry Monday!


a dream of drowning,
pulled under
by your laughing
at my foolishness,
my fear of forever
being spent without you

****

Sprinkle delicate petals
upon her satin & lace
Send a dove, send a bluebird
before her resting place
A rose saved for her grave

****

The stories living inside of her
would wake up after sundown
By the crackling fire, we traveled
through the visions that danced
in her soul

****

So many addendums
added baggage
to your beyond damaged
heart of iron
Dented by debris
of past hurricanes
I’ll carry you
I’ll do it

****

Go to the other place
when you’re in the grip
of a knife assault to the abdomen
Ride waves to brighter days
Drift in churning waters of pain

****

My auntie
preparing
little steaming
mugs of healing
How I need you now
Herbs simmering on
the woodstove
Precious medicine
Gifts of the Earth

****

there’s a faint stirring in the air
electric energy in gazes
of strangers
dangerous
wind picks up
when a first step over is taken

****

cut & paste
the good parts

the directions were clear
but poor little me

was left with scraps
& tattered edges

from a lifetime
left behind

****

I fancy the night sky
I feel safe in its vast arms
Harsh bright lights
illuminate monsters
who have no shame
& prowl about the day

****

the woven reality
is that we women
will come together
& help your aching hands
finish this blanket we’ll use
to warm a cold future

****

coming home
to that crevice
in my pillow

the perfect place
to dream of
your beautiful face

****

Broken sleep

Thunder alarm clock
booms me awake

This is unexpected,
a sign of things to come

I face a certain fate each day
Don’t we all?

****

Defined, confined
They put a lot on me

You can look out of cages,
out between bars

But in a closed box room,
they rip you from the stars

****

i’ll quest to find the awesome
under any fallen blockage
standing in my way

i’ll slip right by, right thru,
i will
invisible if i have to

****

My gram gave me songs
My dad gave me the music
My mom gave me the voice
My gramps gave me the rhythm
Love of the melody
My choice

****

Swords & stones
We surpassed impossible trials
Broke through binding boundaries

Strengthened

We sail on
Across moonless waters

****

The DJ tortures us
like he knows our story
& we dance out every scene

Your moves,
always hard to keep up with

I never know what they mean

****

The last parade
I was young enough to enjoy
is where I discovered Jolt cola
& the dangers of one too many
Ballooning sugar high

****

Pinky-linked,
each street light
a promise to keep
Our whispers echo
off the abandoned houses
in the old neighborhood
We remember the good
****
We’re so disconnected that the silences we share aren’t received well
We ignore compliments
We reject insight
We gain comfort in complaint
****
Strolls across currents
& raising of my dead head
to witness the calming of your storms
was only a prelude to
the miracle of you
****
Crossing circles
through stitches
It was a tie game
So we both lost
Your exes
My ‘oh what a mess’-es
Kicked to curbs
& landing in ditches
****
The roar of the raptor lacerates the air,
scream of love lost & despair
With trembling wings she flies,
seeking steadier skies
Free, without care
****
The orange of Autumn behind you
ate you up like a fireball
Yes there it is
That’s what you were
An outrage burning through me
A fierce flame
****
Cue the pixie laugh
The blush from head to toe
Butterfly flee the net!
Though I’m never letting go
You sway close beside me
Lean on me just so
****
Encompassing an ocean
into one iridescent iris
She did, when the lighting was right
She stole all the sky’s blue hues too
****

I can’t wrap my head around
(is that it, are they rapping
at my head all around?)
this rabbit hole
(don’t let them in)
anymore
I’m not home
****
For old times’ sake
let’s back & forth
about our upbringing,
not know what to say
when the other vents,
or complains & circle back
to me me me
****
It’s so bad now
that even how I feel
has to be policed,
controlled, changed
by you
to suit you
you know best
yes i’m better
you’ve fixed me
****
I want every day
to have a flash rain
that no one suspects
is coming
It’s time we shake things up,
knock them off their high horses
by storm
****
Don’t underestimate
the worlds I can create
from my bed
Whatever my prison,
my state of being,
I still have dreams inside my head 
****
I’m living
in the dust
of all the
other places
I’ve been
where awful things
happened
to me
I’m exhausted
& I have
so many more
miles to go
****
Speak no evil,
      speak nothing of sin
Scream no more,
      of the terror within
Stutter no excuse,
      when the tales spin
****
How long
can I keep you waiting?
I’ll go on convincing
I don’t fear you
& feel your cold bones
wrap around my neck
****
They would send us little starlings
in for the slaughter
Child conduits used
to heap abuse onto
We’d carry them back & forth
between you
****

The words blurred
I still saw them
Imprinted them
Captured a perfect picture,
 just like the one we tried to portray
Framed lies,
apologetic
****
I had a blue parakeet
His beady eyes told me
he dreamed of flying free
Soon, we trusted each other
Uncaged, he’d fly back to me
****

Geraniums blossom
on a white blouse
& this is wrong
This is not beautiful
This is crimson on fresh snow
& an unsettling misplaced stillness
****
Feeling the warm glow
of understanding
is comparable to
Spring walks
New friendships bloom
to weather the storms
of life together
****
You nurse your coffee,
hold it with care
I watch your cranberry lips
as you speak of successes
Humbly, you glance at birds
when complimented
****
Once more, with feeling
I tell the ocean about all the lyrics
you ruined
I didn’t want any ‘our songs’ with you
but you insisted
Damn you
****
Hypnotized
by
this nebula
who floated
through the doors
Starstruck, of course
as he moves
at the speed of light
towards me
I supernova
****


All it took
was a glittering musical interlude,
We were glad
it was a sing-a-long,
We were saved
by an impromptu production number
****
Avoiding reflection
Her face in mirrors I miss
This,
an absurd amount of glass
for a low self esteem
She looks long
to make sure she’s real
****
Nothing was more telling
of your dragon-like ways
than your cold breath
on that day of all days
Clothed in morose shadow,
below raven’s gaze
****
The room is draped in melancholia
Half written letters carpet the floor
 -a trail of despair to follow,
  if one cares or dares to find her-
****

There’s no certainty
surrounding midday naps
Tiptoeing faulty floorboards,
each one, a trap
Disturbed slumber,
wakes with a snap
****

Muted by spiders
with venom laced voices
Entangled webs
of sinister choices
Laying eggs in your mouth
Try to beat them
Repeat them
****
Preserve this strength
& fearlessness
Pray it pans out tomorrow
when its needed
Distance from danger
grows the courage
heroes already seeded
****
Hazelnut coconut combo
Fuel for the pecking of keys
Reward for a commencement ceremony
Oh, jeez
It’s just coffee
Midnight breakfast, I know
****

The doll fit to box
They christened her a role model
Her eyes scared me
I knew they’d seen things
They’d see me
I refuse to open her
****
Dancing round the fire
by Moon of mayhem
firefly light
Twirling tantrums tangle
with steel soldiers
readying for a fight
Mischievous delight
****
Pleading gets you nowhere
Bleeding rarely works either
How severe?
We’re here,
E.R.
waiting to gain access
to the hidden room
****
I could pretend to pinpoint
which star is for you
I’ll just say the whole sky,
every galaxy is yours instead
****
Sleep means tomorrow
will be here too soon
I’m not afraid of the dreams of flying,
of wildflower fields, of love
I’m afraid of waking up
****
Those old chains have rusted
I’m already free
I just stumble
and can’t walk on my own so easily
I’m still in here
though I’m hard to see
****
Repeated tracks
by request
Replay our memories
just like that
My head
on your shoulder
Crying
& you couldn’t see
You didn’t ruin it for me
****
Shocked?
Don’t be
Her whole vibe is electric
Neon eyeshadow
A laugh like windchimes
Hugs that buzz through you
A spirit refusing to lose
****
The steps
I have to take
I can see them
Even see myself
Moving forward
Fluidly
I’m ice though
I can’t budge
knowing
right now
is so good
****
“Ya never know!”
It’s true, we don’t.
How high we fly
when we leap to conclusions!
How tough the ground
when we come back down.
****
He called from the Red Road
Said it was good to be back on track
I heard him on the east wind
in that Waylon Jennings song
in the crow’s caw
****
Living is exhausting
I dream of swimming
while in my quilted fort
In the water, I have wanderlust
for the open sky
I run
thru fantasy fields
****
Cable knit cutie
I want to lose it
in your floral scented arms
Wrap me in them
We’ll attempt
to forget the darkness
inevitably approaching
****
Mango touches tongue
& transports you
to that memory
of tropical getaways
Hibiscus in hair,
tossed token
Don’t forget me,
transient tourist
****
He said he would only buy his water
So casually
I thought of ownership,
of the Earth for sale
& that tears were too salty to drink
****

We do
human things
that make us feel
rotten to the core
Tap away on blue screens
in sequence
How heavy is the cloud
burdened with vitriol
****

Green eye under the door
Unnatural, foreign
We huddled in the corner
of the closet, hiding
Quiet
The darkness,
jealous, stared
****
Your room is fluid
You’re crawling on your walls,
Floating to the ceiling
You see your trembling body
So far down
You cant save you
****
In the House of Crows,
the boogeyman roams
The very walls lined with his bones
Hallways of tortured moans
****
Faint merriment
sneaks through
the cracks in the old door
Behind it a pity party ensues,
invitation only
Guilt & past regrets
in attendance
****
I don’t speak because I’m listening
I look at the pond instead of you
because your reflection
seems more true
Distorted waves
muddling
points of view
****
Maybe
One of those loaded words
It holds hope or disappointment
or both
Often
Misspoken
It sounds like a warning
consider source
****
My cousin
is a pastel pink angel
& I will forever remember
how she picked up that accent
in Arkansas & never let it go
I can’t hear her in my dreams, anymore
I just see her mouth move, speaking slow
****
Hard to focus on getting
just one thing down
when the heart is shattered
Hard to make the pieces
fit the page
when thoughts are scattered
****

The 2 am streets
where we found each other
were booze-sprinkled & noisy
You were phantom fast,
creeper-dodgin’
A savior pulling
me underwing
****

Tears burst
at the book’s end
I cradle it to my chest
Someone put pieces
of me in those words
My heart absorbs its hurts
&
feels its healing
****
I missed the old tree
Its branches were comforting
Arms cradling me during storms
A place to watch from,
a stepladder to the
infinite sky
****
Your world’s welcoming
was unforgettable
You recited Chaucer, giggling,
& brewed my favorite tea
You led the way through
your garden of memory
****
Spring Haze by Tori Amos
Tori Amos’ ‘Spring Haze’
in my earbuds
& it makes sense
High winds warn
that rains are coming
I feel it in my bones,
muscles
In every note
****
No time to fight, gotta write.
****
stood up
like on my tiptoes
that night
how far i jumped
to reach you
how hard i fell
my hair, up-do
all for you,
all for naught
****
The scene melts into a vibrant whirlpool
A kaleidoscope of what’s real
What we dream real to be
The color runs from your face 
****
Fear was innocent once
Nameless
In shadow
A child with a reason
To exist
And you gave it the power
The life
to keep you
from yours
****
Forgive
dust in your eye
once the smoke clears
Forget
vengeance &
staking a claim
Forward
march & wave
a banner in your enemy’s honor
****
Falling star
Falling asleep
Heavy eyelids
Heavy deep
Sleepy head
Sleepy bed
I dream of all you say
dreamily, from a land far away
****
I heard her call my name
Angelic voice,
gossamer girl
A wisp of lace
billowing outside my window pane
I forgot her long ago
Her golden glow
****
Under canopy of night they came
While we sang
danced
prayed
Peace to the waters
Love to the air
They used brute force
& we stayed
****
Each morning
a sweet symphony
Greeting me from the aftermath
of a toss & turn sleep
Birdsong creates a reverie
I want to keep
****
Through meadow mist he glides
no, levitates,
no lie
He claims I’m the air carrying him
I’m only a crude spectator
staring at him
****
From mountaintop
He was mighty but lonely
He saw people down below
He journeyed down in vain
To a valley of disconnected souls
****
Translucent crystals
fell down her face
Paralyzed, I felt my eyes
become dry sand
Always enamored,
she had a hidden side
****

Barely brushed
lips
fingertips
Your hair
moonlight
sprinklers
We planted
ourselves
immobile
Found love
grasping
entangled
****
Delicate dress
drapes over
fair shoulder
Bliss
Regal neck
turns slower
eyes smolder
Kiss
With love gone you miss
nights like this
****
fleeing the festival, in the rain,
after the bingo tent closed
to beat traffic home
we drove
through fishflies so thick
we couldn’t see
****

Nowhere was safe
from your perfumed
oil essence
Evading you,
your scent,
your laugh ringing in my brain,
was a party game for me
****
His last hoorah
he said, side stepping bouncers,
finding his groove, feeling smooth
Saucy cantina maids
roll their eyes at his dance moves
****

The old cottage was
our new beginning
Springtime
Nostalgia blooming
in every corner of the heart
Our winter of letting go has gone
****
When I see a floating blue balloon,
hear the train whistle
or catch rose petals falling from the sky
I know it’s just you up there
saying hi
****
In the amethyst twilight
watching the geese take flight
Remembering the lake front view
& you
with your camera
capturing the sight
****
          I only feel safe
in the starlight   Under watchful 
              eyes  of
  loved ones  in the big sky
        * #ShapePoetry *
****
I love the grey contrast
to the walls when dawn falls upon us
I love you smiling in your sleep
& how I rush to dreamland to meet you
****
Piano notes strike a small memory
A breeze carrying a familiar old tune
on a Spring afternoon
If I saw you again
would you remember me?
****
I’m weary
Eyes bleary
There’s too much to cry about
Too much to scream & shout no doubt
I give the day to the Great Mystery
I pray for peace
****
Give me some time
My mind
liquefied
by overconsumption
of information
I try
to fill it with love
beauty
poetry
Wait
til I put
me together
****
Hollow, the cavity, my chest, the room
Half figures fade, succumb to gravity
The rest, still speak
Over & over
Bad advice on repeat
****
A magnolia
delicate pink
takes a dip
in the water
For once
not posed
or placed
or perfect
A natural
reaction
by choice
to plunge
in depth
****
Take as prescribed
Wait 20 min
The floor drops
I try not to panic
I wouldn’t want to
raise my own blood pressure
by not trusting man’s drugs
****
I look
I can’t find
feels like
face melting
on the list
of known
side effects
I breathe
Get used to it
Better than
get over it
Still tough
****
Of all the demons he held onto
The angry ones were the worst
We’d see them scream in his eyes
When he was too silent
for too long
****
The leather
The feathers
The time I dropped the quills
My bleeding fingers
Your trembling at the loom
The minuscule beads
Craftroom memories
****
The gasp
before impact
reverberates
It’s all I hear
wait here
at the gates
The lights
of the traffic
grow distant
It’s over
in an instant
****

Just fly, free bird
You sharing our air
was mark enough
We won’t forget
your silhouette
in the sunset
Muttered half apology
as you leave us
****
Your hair was short then
I look back & it didn’t suit you
Someone tried to box you,
like leftovers
I set you free
to grow & love
& just be
****

In limbo,
forever wanting
to go forward,
to hang back
In between,
endless cravings
for a steady future,
or the past we had
****


Haiku:







Your absence. The mirror.
Me, with my wild girl hair,
mindlessly brushing.
****
They spent their whole lives
running a race that they were
too tired to finish
****

May Cause Dizziness
And just after the world stopped
spinning; How fitting
****
she never could just
make a small change
only drastic transformations
****

The sunrise after
Morning doves bring pebble gifts
So I remember
****
VSS (Very Short Stories):


“It all went wrong long ago,”
she said, sadly, through the smoke.
“When we decided to fight with others
to survive. We took & lost so many lives.”
****

“Journal”
She feared her journal.
Writing it down made it real.
****

“Whats your favorite library?”
That was the moment
Your shelves filled with my favorites
That’s how I knew
“I make bookmarks Want one?”
I do

****

“Direction”

That smile sent me spinning
with no sense of direction.

****

Gramps got the entire VFW Hall behind his butterscotch soda revival.
The local DQ, backed into an obvious corner, had no choice but to comply.
****
“Honor”
They knew nothing of honor.
Only greed, hatred, and cruelty.
****

“Fine. I’m not writing for a living anyway,” she sighed. She opened the blank notebook and proceeded to bleed it all out. 
****

WIP (Works in Progress):


You said more in that scoff than you had since we knew you. It was your red tape in a way. A boundary we would never cross. 
****
Maybe I’d be an octopus. I read recently that they’re pretty clever, and don’t feel pain. Extra appendages would be cool, too.
****

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