Monthly Archives: November 2014

Modern

He wanted to save the world between hazelnut lattes

She wears her eco-friendly pants to yoga class.

A third word nanny watched their children.

She gave:

Five dollars to the fund weekly

That allowed her to wear jeans

During the work day.

Oh ya

It helped the homeless.

He gave a kid on the street two bucks.

Done.

Are we not wonderful?

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Pieta

Their faces smile out from the newspaper
Like an ad for a vacation;
A picture perfect family.
Lies.
The child missed two days of school.
A call was made.
The police found them;
Mother’s arm encircling child.
Love and desperation
Entwined.
Poison given?
Undetermined.
Undeniably
Dead.
“Better dead than
Alone.”
Was is whispered?
The child said
“daddy,”
When she was 8 months old
But never met him.
Santa Clause
Didn’t arrive last
Christmas.
His sleigh was broken.
And this year?
What lie to tell?
No need to worry now;
“The pain will fade.
Sleep.
Tomorrow will be a new day.”
The street is littered with votives
Gifts too late.
All they needed
Was a guide.
Out of the labyrinth.

Life

Hands folded
Tight
Nails dig into skin.
Corset bound.
Breath:
Constricted,
Conditioned,
Short.
Enough to keep alive.
On the street corner
The trousseau chest;
Her life’s blood,
Her reason for being.
Started at ten;
Finished at eighteen.
Ready for the
Future
With all the linen and
Embroidered bedsheets
She would need.
Victorian propriety
Her only weapon
Against the
Coming storm;
Homeless,
Manless.
Damn the War.

Misunderstanding

When he said he did,

He wasn’t sure.

When she said she would,

She was frightened.

Awkward hands

Fumbeled

For perfection,

Finding only

Distance.

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