Bitterness Debilitates

asked the chickadee
of the restless, ranting raven
‘if you are over it
then why all this cawing?’

© Poetry from the Inkwell 2019

 

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god Bless…

god bless…

fake news
alternative facts
KF Cs
and MC D’s
tunnel vision
pipe dreams
government dwindling
from the seams
and the tweeting twit
content to sit
with folded arms
and pouted lips
while holding
a people –
on extended holidays –
hostage
for his
brick-mortar-wooden-steel-wired
ransom

yes
god bless…

© Poetry from the Inkwell 2019

Past Midnight

the little hand
sits between
the one and two
the long’s
passing nine

the cat’s counting
shadows of melodies
caught
in the delicate folds
of curtains
swaying above
the duct work

Ray’s tickling
the ivories
and blues-in’
about a woman
he has
somewhere
‘cross town

and me
i’m finally
pre-boarding
a dream flight
across oceans
and continents

© Poetry from the Inkwell 2019

I Tried

i tried

like spring buds
straining
after long winter
hanging in doubt

like mold
creeping
on the edge
of walls
soaked
with anguish

like grass
swallowed by snow
peeping through
strangling crystals
for one last glimpse

like sea water
coagulating and
clotting ‘til the brine
turns
to ivory headstones

i tried
but
my attempts
were in vain

© Poetry from the Inkwell 2019

Parenting

adolescent thoughts
keep me awake
bickering
with one another
over who
will make it
to the page first
so
i drive them
to bed
without dinner
and warn them
not to move
until they’ve
worked it out

© Poetry from the Inkwell 2019

There Are NO Accidents

between the kisses
French toast and conversations
i gave you Pittman*
and i watched the way
you read him
with focused intensity
slipping your fingers
over his words
knowing
it contained
glimpses into
a world
you dreamed
of being a part of
so i left
a part of myself
right there
where he talked
of love
so i’d always know
you were sliding
your fingers
over my words, too

by the way
in case you were wondering
it was no accident
me gifting him
to you

*Al Pittman was a Newfoundland poet.

© Poetry from the Inkwell 2019