concentric

she lives inside a shell

cut off from land, sea and water.

dried up and left

shriveled

brown and turned

crumpled  like a fallen leaf

bouncing aimlessly

tossed carried through

dry air.

dead ended, backed up

and bumping

right back into

her reflection.

someone needs to open

a window

and let the world back in.

bent over,

one hand on a chair.

breathe in

watch the color change.

life begins again

roots itself

hope returns

she starts over.

January Walk

Yellow forsythia fortells spring’s secrets

in its canary branches reaching out through green

December holly.

Winter armaments seal in their promise.

Birds take quick flight-then bristle and furrow

in their web of hope, while spots of florescence peek through

finding the gradient of light pleasing.

Furtive chirping from high branches avove

echo the dep hollow from ground nesters.

Crow complains from a rooftop

while wilted winter pansies drop

their black blotchy cheeks

from inside yellow bowls.

Woodpeckers deep drilling

sound like my cold bones-hollow

creaking, stiff in the frigid damp air.

I taste a tinge of mossy dirt while

treading on padded grasses.

Thrump of heartbeat-

as my shadow sways forward and back

like the new grass fronds reaching

up toward sunlight.

Safe Harbor

I flip fullsizerender-17my hair forward and breathe in the musky roots

-like a forest I hide there and follow the rootline.

Under dark mossy earth I escape into night shadows

of my deep brown and settle safely.

Harboring like a refuge-there where

I could be ten or twenty.

Behind the shutters of my face, peering out unaffected.

Safe and swimming  along the shore of safe house I peer out

at the ocean bounce. Framed by expectation, away from the

shadows of worry. No one can find me here- safe

in my corner away from the ocean of pain.

No one can touch me here except my dreams

as they turn the corner and dissolve back from where they came

into the night shadows-dreams never done

that I dreamed years ago.

They repeat and roll back

like waves in the ocean never subsiding

and I like a shell covered in fragile seaglass.

Pearl

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Peering out on 8 year old legs

I see tall mint stacks and tomato vine shake

a trouser covered leg jiggled

revealing my Jidi.

Clanging of cane and old stiff leg upon glass door

Oyster shell hands gripping a smooth red pearl

“No one can grow them better than that”,  he said.

 

Smelling of mint, earth and whte undershirt,

Sweat coating nubby whiskers-

brown soft boyish eyes marooned on an island of wrinkles

and permanent woe.

No pause, shuffling past.

Rolling the bounty onto newspaper covered table,

derby hat perched, pipe falling out of mouth

he quickly catches-tobacco spilling.

 

There on the center of the table

-the tomato like an offering to God

pointing cane toward the plates and knives.

 

“Slice it-sit and eat”

he sat watching me by the  colored

turnip jars

waiting-smoke circling head.

 

The sun narrowed through the door as I sliced-

juices and seeds streamed down

pooling, soaking paper.

 

Pulp firm and intact,

I breathed in the sugar and fresh earth.

 

Biting into its flesh as it dribbled down my chin,

breathing in the summer it spent on the vine.

My skin becomes its skin, tingling and sated.

 

I see his face enshrouded by smoke swirls

and moted sunlight-hardened frame softening

he shifts in his seat-satisfied.

 

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