10 Candles (NaPoWriMo 10)

birthday cake photo

10 Candles 1Behind a flaming coconut cakeCrowned in rainbow candles Your eyes are fixed on her 2This green sprout of a girl Barely broken through the crustOf our former earth 3We thought we were gardenersAdmired our first attemptThat loud laughing pansy in the yard 4What kind of plant grows feather-softAround an iron core?Wears her bruised leaves as … Read more

I Remember Easter In The Snow (NaPoWriMo 5)

I Remember Easter In The Snow The filthy crust of spring across the yardCrystalline crunch against the beer bottle stucco Everything in shades of mottled brown exceptCandy coloured eggs tucked in secret spaces When you were small as a jackrabbitWe could “hide” an egg atop the barren flower bed Later, pink peeking from the eye … Read more

How To Tie a Bow Tie (NaPoWriMo 4)

How To Tie a Bow Tie If you have never tied a bow tie you will struggle  Watching video after video on Youtube trying     To learn the mesmerizing sleight of hand       Of the magicians who wear bow ties         Hands flying like a loom’s shuttle          Back … Read more

Razor (NoPoWriMo 3)

delivery from Harry's Razors

Razor Two of the lyrics I remember most oftenInvolve razor blades “I’m cold as a new razor blade”Mourns Cohen to Marianne While Anna Tivel conjures“A razor on a rough cheek” Razors are precision engineered in German factoriesTo become metaphors Cold steel meets warm flesh inA daily dance of enemies Five little knives drawn across Your most … Read more

Paris (NaPoWriMo 2)

Eiffel Tower at night

Paris We emerge from yourUnderground birth canalBlinking in the light of historyNeeding to be slappedBorn again as People who have been to Paris We know nothingGet lost in your spider web streets Distracted byLiving black and white beat poetryA corner cafe where a woman dressed in black smokes a long thin cigarette And another woman And Paris, I … Read more