My Scream

Daily and nightly, there is a scream lodged in my throat. It makes my throat sore and my chest feel hollow. To release it would physically hurt me.

This scream causes anxiety and is crazy-making. It is a silent scream, for now. Releasing it could possibly kill me.

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No More

Leaves that lept from the tree

Lie dreaming of spring breezes

Which they will feel no more

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Waiting

In the courtyard, ravens sitting on the backs of seven white lawn chairs circling a white table. Waiting for lunch.

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Soul Scars

Our mother’s anger

Blood on our legs and backsides

With scars in our souls

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Wind

Written July 15, 2011

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Last night in my backyard

The wind traveled high

Danced in the top of tall trees

While shorter trees stood perfectly still

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Dining

I want to dine on the balcony of a city apartment on a street by the sea.

Seasoned sea scallops

Sparkling mineral water

Green avocado

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Writing Practice

March and April given

To Goldberg’s writing practice

Lost my ability to poem

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Wrote in July, 2021, after taking a Zoom class with Natalie Goldberg. Wrote two versions. See below.

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Spring wild mind given

To Goldberg’s writing practice

Lost my poeming mind

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Questioned

Gestures, expressions

Convey a different message

Truthfulness questioned

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Curved

Walking the unstraight path offers divine beauty and space for thriving.

Photo of my front walk taken after a rain in summer 2021.

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Love Heals

When animals are sick, they stop moving, stop socializing, and stop eating. Give them plenty of love because many times love can heal. I am worried about The Big Boy, a neighborhood stray. He doesn’t easily warm up to love.

My daughter and her friend haven’t seen him since July 4th. I truly wish fireworks were still illegal for individuals. They are dangerous on several levels.

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