The feeling and what it’s been missing (a poem)

For this month’s writing challenge, I have chosen the rimas dissolutas, a form in which (according to A Poet's Glossary, by Edward Hirsch) ‘each line in an unrhymed stanza rhymes with its corresponding line in a subsequent stanza.’ This, I am finding out, is harder than it sounds… From twenty to twenty-four in the blink of tired eyes [...]

Evening (a poem)

A surprisingly grey day. Instead of going to the usual second-Saturday readings, I stayed home and made soup… Rainfall and candlelight across the room shadows on the wall The old man, alone with no one else but the creature in momentary hibernation A bowl of soup and a cup of coffee for warmth this night [...]

Evidence (a poem)

Not waiting so long today… A pointer to truth enforcement of possibility hope for another chance at life The missing piece a chain from one pole to the other Fences or no fences— all my choice? Actions or reactions? Ignorance of the law Ignorance of rules Ignorance of ‘supposed-to-be’ Ignorance of limitations restrictions, barriers The [...]

The long slide from hope to rage (A poem)

This pantoum was inspired by the title of an article appearing in The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/02/the-guardian-view-on-super-tuesday-the-long-slide-from-hope-to-rage They say it’s a long slide from hope to rage some have been on the slide for a long, long time Some stand at the top, peering nervously over the edge hoping it’s not their turn this time Some have been on [...]

After the race that never reaches an end, but abruptly stops just because (A poem)

I don’t know how I stumbled upon the horse-racing metaphor, but there it is… The dismount comes as a surprise you could be forgiven for not looking at just the right moment thinking you still had time to see it all Sometimes the horse is better off sitting out the race scars need time to [...]

An untitled poem about the intangible quality of love (A poem)

I feel I captured a strong feeling with this poem—at least, a strong feeling that I had as I wrote it. In that sense, writing this particular poem was an act of hope… So often the heart in love is portrayed as blood red that’s where passion lies, they say My heart beats on the [...]

Unbroken (a poem)

Inspired by the ‘Broken’ episode of House… ‘I’m sick of life being interesting.’ Her sigh of resignation reverberated throughout the tiny space as she bowed her head and closed her eyes ‘When I came here, I was happy—now I’m not.’ Her eyes filled with tears her breath stuttered The room grew thick with the silence of disappointment [...]