Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday, 7 A.M.



On Sunday mornings it seems
silence sings a sacred tune.
The air is crisper,
more real, cleansed 
by bird song's sound waves
through the breeze
communicating nothing/everything.

I feel
the strength of connection
as I listen
to the beauty of nature.
I fall in love again
with this earth
forgetting for a moment
threats exist,
knowing that love comes first.
Before I commit to defend it
I must wallow in my passion. 

On Sunday mornings,
hypnotized,
I find myself falling
into the irrational,
incomprehensible seduction
of love's abyss,
attending to my love
with no worries about self
or how long this affair will last.
I simply trust the current
lust of lover and beloved

On Sunday mornings, at least,
I dwell in my little speck of infinity
with my love.



(For Poets United.)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

QUESTIONS ABOUT A CAT





When I was a child I had a cat.
Her name was Mishew.
We played cat games.
I chased her down the long hallway
of our train-like apartment
the way I now chase my inner joy.
Then she chased me.
I gave her little treats off my plate.  
We slept together.
We loved each other.

When my grandmother threatened to "get rid of her" 
if she didn't stop scratching at the drapes, 
I cried.  Mishew stayed.
One day, when I got home from school, Grandmother said
Mishew had to move to the basement.
She was going to have a baby.
She had several -
the tiniest, cutest kittens imaginable.
I visited them as often as allowed. 
I loved them too
until the grownups told me Mishew had eaten them.

I went to the basement where Mishew, wishing
she could speak, meowed so loud. 
She looked at me with pleading big brown eyes.
But I had been betrayed. 
I thought she was a good cat.
I was wrong.
She committed this vile crime.

I don't know what ever happened to Mishew. 
I never saw her again.  
I've chosen never to live with a cat again,
or love one.

Today I question the lesson in this.
But a life examined only produces more questions.
When did Mishew go out to procreate?
Did grandmother love Mishew just a little bit?
Did Mishew really eat her kittens?

What was truth?
Is it possible I've avoided, disliked cats based on a lie?
What other prejudices do I harbor, 
believing untruths 
that curtail my love?
How much of myself will I never know?

Perhaps to be human is to live a riddle.
Perhaps my answer is:
I need to love another cat.


(For Poets United.)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

THE SONG, THE WORD AND ME

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In the beginning 
was I a word
Intended to join in the chorus
Of the Cosmo's song?
OOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMM
Can my tiny, unmelodious voice
Contribute anything to a sound
So long, so loud we cannot hear it?
Does the Cosmos even care
That I don't really know
How to sing?
How can I, if I'm just one word
In one song.
I'm trying to translate the word
That I am.
But all I know for sure is - 
it's a verb.




(For Poets United where Susan prompts us to write about "The Song of a Single Word".)


Sunday, July 31, 2016

WHY I WRITE POETRY






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My words are not contained 
In any prescribed form.
They have no volume, flow 
They often have no depth.

But they are like glass
Blown, with little air bubbles
Inside that change the shape 
Of my thoughts, revealing
A transparent gloss.
Hopefully, they will solidify,
Become mirror of my soul.
Not crystalline
But perhaps solid
As a piece of coal
Evolving slowly
Into beauty.

(For Poets United.)



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suffrage

"Did You Know?

Why would a 17th-century writer warn people that a chapel was only for "private or secret suffrages"? Because in addition to the meanings listed above, "suffrage" has been used since the 14th century to mean "prayer" (especially a prayer requesting divine help or intercession). So how did "suffrage" come to mean "a vote" or "the right to vote"? To answer that, we must look to the word’s Latin ancestor, suffragium, which can be translated as "vote," "support," or "prayer." That term produced descendants in a number of languages, and English picked up its senses of "suffrage" from two different places. We took the "prayer" sense from a Middle Frenchsuffragium offspring that emphasized the word’s spiritual aspects, and we elected to adopt the "voting" senses directly from the original Latin."  
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I VOTE

My vote, so precious, I give
To honor those who fought for my right
To voice my choice for society's path.
It's a symbol of hope, perhaps more of a wish,
Not just for my family, my country, but for all.

My vote, so precious, I give
With wavering faith,
Knowing the majority is not always right,
That politics is not a harmonious song
But a fight, (whose rules are not always just)
To win the power to direct
History's course, not for one, but for all.

My vote, so precious , I give
Aware of the system's imperfections,
As I transform that voting booth
Into a chapel, where my choice becomes
A prayer, not just for my family, my country
But for the good of all.
  

(For Poets United where Susan prompts us to write about suffrage.)

Monday, July 18, 2016

YOUR UNIQUE HIKE

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I wish you well
As you select
The road untraveled
By anyone else 
But you
Taking giant steps 
Deeply into mystery's darkness
Tripping on rocks of unknowing
Smiling as you rise from falls
Accepting journey's 
Intricate, unpredictable adventures 
Each moment
A fluid, moving destination



I dedicate this to Brian, to whom I am grateful for encouraging me to write poetry.  
Happy Anniversary to Dverse Poets!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

SUPPORTING THE MOON TO DEFY GRAVITY






Moon, why do you cry?
Tired of showing your face, illuminated
frozen smile and eyes gleaming reassurance
upon those who need it?
But it's your job.  Resistance is futile.
I know now.

So raise your bright side.
Let the darkness be
nullified by itself
while you flow
light-headed in space
watching yourself and me
learn life
up and down.

I cried once too,
fought hard against
tidal waves and storms
(that maybe you or I helped create).
The more I fought,
the more there was to fight
until the fight beat me,
almost.

Now instead of fighting,
I mostly float.
Easier than swimming against currents.

Stay calm Moon.
Let's help each other rise
to fullness each time.

Let's not rebel against what is.
Let's defy only gravity.



(I wrote this several years ago.  In the postscript then, I explained that I did not mean to encourage complacency, but rather an acceptance of an unchangeable life circumstance, instead of waging an inner war against what is, making myself unhappy.  
What matters is that we defy gravity - those habits and addictions that pull us to repeat the same mistakes that harm our inner life, our relationships, our health.  
I've learned a little since then.  But I'm still struggling to fight only the valid inner battles instead of those that are essentially created by my own illusions and my ego.  
I got the idea for this poem from a book by Carolym Myss, "Defying Gravity".)

(For Poets United.)