Cacophony

you swallowed your sinewy thoughts
with the contents of a chipped coffee mug
at that old place just around the corner
& drifted to the bottom for

17

endless

seconds,

accompanied by the hollowed out
‘Do’s & Don’ts’ of social convention.
& when
she brushed her hair back, smUgly,
all you longed to see
were the remnants of vividness
her eyes once possessed,
but spires of woe
clouded her vision.

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Fragments

ftoospets mlet in pddules
and i lsoe tcrak
for the hnudretdh tmie
tihs day;
i straed too hrad
at dmears lnog psat.

yuor gsohted slmie
is my rdidle,
yuor joureny
my pzzule,
and i am sitll
the one lfet bnihed
atfer all teshe yraes;
not kwnonig wrehe to setp.

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Brian over at dVerse invites us to write a poem about puzzles for Poetics today. I assure you, this poem’s not written in a foreign tongue. Heh. 😉 Grab a pen and join us at the bar!

It’s been a While…

storytime
on grandma’s lap,
caramel goodness
prevents jaws from functioning;
that moth-ball-smell
of her cardigan,
the rough fabric
scratching your cheek ~

what would you give
to be
that kid again;
the one who
looks at the world
with eyes, so big
and full of wonder?

a glimpse
triggers a smile…
and loving gestures
live on forever.

Childhood Memories

through a child’s eyes
i watched you go
and did not understand
why you left
the picture i made for you
on the windowsill
in the sterile hospital.

i put
much love
into the crayon drawing –
and there it lay,
while your bed
was cold and empty…
you did not
take it with you.

i do remember
when you were sick,
dying already
(i didn’t know, wasn’t told…
too much for a child’s mind to bear?)
how you lifted your covers
for me each day
and i
could climb
into the warm softness
of your sweet embrace.

and then
you were gone –
my mother’s eyes red and tired
and i didn’t know why.

i do not know
where you went
but i long
to feel the sweet comfort
of crawling under those covers
again.