Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Electric company

 When the power goes off 

in the mountains

we snuggled close, letting the


electricity of bodies light up 

the room brighter 

than any fire ever could 



April PAD day 11 - powered 

tickled

 There are not 

enough fingers or toes to 

count how much 

you tickle me


April PAD day 12 - counting poem 

Friday, April 8, 2022

Heart of glass

 When they tell you 

to make art of your pain

they don’t tell you

that you’re going to feel it

so deeply that it

rewrites your insides 

like doodles


on scraps of paper

that harden into glass and scrape

your insides raw red

that each of those glass shards 

are pieces of a 

shattered heart 


that you can’t quite

remember the shape of

that your fingers will bleed on 

each hard edge wiggled 

into place 


in this miserable mosaic 

that breathes with the artist’s breath 

just barely 


— 

April PAD day 8 - “they never tell you” poem

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Blank slate

I took your words as 

promises, as plans, 

but they were just possibilities 


April PAD Day 6 - a blank poem 

Monday, April 4, 2022

Captivated

Catching up with you is 

like catching butterflies

elusive and brief but beautiful 


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April PAD day 4 - “catch up” poem 

Sunday, April 3, 2022

If my life is like a tree

have I let myself 

be rooted in the 

shade of others? 


Have I turned my leaves 

toward any shiny object 

mistaking it for sun? 


Do the twists and turns 

of my journey 

gnarl like an oak 


or splay to the sides 

like a cedar 

solid trunk and 


feathery fronds

facing the sky

entrancing strangers 


with the fragrant tales 

of a life that has

weathered sun 


and storms 

bark rough 

patterned like henna 


with a story all 

it’s own



April PAD day 3 - a smell poem 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Rooted

when autumn arrives
and leaves begin 
to fall i 
remember that i 
am the tree
not the golden 
leaf spinning gloriously 
to the ground

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The dance

There is no hard line 

between sunset and night, 

the oranges and pinks 


give way to the inky 

blues and purples 

in a dance, a caress,


they embrace each other always

but we cannot 

see it from where we’re standing 


cannot see that 

we’re the ones spinning ever 

away and toward 


the light, that we are 

the dancer

dizzy with power and regret 



Poetry prompt: Transitions 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Exalted

You worship me as
your goddess
pray that I’ll save you 

kneel at my altar
until I 
fall from grace when your
prayers are not answered

my whole heart can't mend 
your broken one
cannot love away 

your loneliness 
only gaze
at your loveliness
as you used to see mine

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

What’s the matter?

We believe we are separate

from the Earth 

from each other

can’t see all the emptiness 

that connects us 



April PAD day 27: believe or don’t believe 

 

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