Sometimes it slows down, so much so that our days can feel stagnant but otherwise moving along at a leisurely pace – nice! – and at other times we find ourselves being pulled along and/or pushed into activities, events, changes that leave us gasping for air.
One thing is certain, however; life keeps moving on. How we react to what it brings is ours to decide. And that can make for quite the astonishing difference.
Daily Prompt: Astonish
Are we liable
for that which is viable
however much we deem it unendurable
(much less improbable)
but ultimately is entirely unstoppable?
Daily Prompt: Viable
realms of silence
do the right thing
— what’s expected
— prim, proper, correct
the glancing blows of a society gone mad
have nothing on you.
I know your tricks
you spell the word
thinking I won’t understand
I’m a smarter puppy than you give me credit for
T-R is all it takes
and I’m there in a flash.
Give it to me! Give it to me!
Sit Ubu, sit. Good dog.
Daily Prompt: Treat
the decision now made,
relief, rendered sweet
life so much simpler now
joyful to navigate
resistance is nil
soft and easy
flying, soaring, gliding
Quietly, she ran through the night
her stars trailing behind her.
standing tip-toe wasn’t her thing
cowering had lost its allure.
come to me was her mantra now.
either you think I’m worth the effort
or you’re wrong.
Daily Prompt: Conversation
Last night I read one of my poems for the first time, behind a microphone, at a poetry event in downtown Des Moines. There was a large gathering, more so than I’d expected. The crowd was diverse, eclectic and punctuated with young folk, some high school age, most in their twenties and thirties. A few oldsters such as myself were in attendance. At 60, I had to wonder if I wasn’t the oldest person in the room. No matter. It was exciting to see so many young people, ardent devotees of the written and spoken word: the beauty and angst of poetry.
The readings were, in large part, tributes to the cadence of hip hop and rap, speaking universal themes of love, discovery and acceptance with a few jabs at the current administration thrown in for good measure. And while there were some very good offerings, I cannot help but wonder how these young talents might translate to broader topics, interests beyond transgender discrimination, rape culture and lesbian love. An observation, mind you, not a critique…
As for my own experience, I was only a little shaky. I belong to three groups, two of which are devoted to the process of writing, the other to poetry. Each is unique in both their format and their focus. All are made up of wonderfully gifted and interesting individuals. Sharing my poems and writing is somewhat the same at these venues, sans the microphone and stage. At our group gatherings, we sit around a table, made up of known and friendly faces. Quite different from standing slightly elevated with dozens of pairs of eyes sitting around the room before you. But – doable, indeed.
It was an interesting evening, something quite different from the basketball game we’ll attend tonight, to be sure! I enjoyed myself and hope to engage in a repeat performance.
I [heart] you lovely husband
curled up together in our stretched out recliner
cheek to breastbone
loving the sound of your labored breathing
as we both struggle to stay awake
watching Saturday Night Live
all cozy and such
knowing we should untangle our wayward limbs
and hobble down the hallway to the waiting warmth of bed
but this feels too good
to let go of it just yet.
Daily Prompt: Cozy
Confession may be good for the soul
but there are things I cannot tell you
secrets that might shatter your heart
atrocities that occurred a lifetime ago
opinions that are mine alone
things that today matter not in the least.
And besides: whose soul are we talking about here?
Yours doesn’t need the pain
and mine needs only my own absolution.
And that, my love, I’m working on in my own sweet time.
Daily Prompt: Confess
the beat goes on
brass bands annihilating
her last nerve
glimmers of speech
is it time to go yet?