Saturday, May 31, 2014

Baby Girl (for deverse-May 31,2014)

How it swept me away
like the tide
watching you build castles
in the sand, forever blue
lay beyond.

 That moment
 took my  breath away
 held  tightly, deep within
 knowing I would always
 remember that August day.

Your laughter filling the
 sky, warming-
 more than Sun

The clouds came in
our family distraught
with illness, sad days
filled the blue.

But here we all are
embracing the memory
of your childhood-
 you taught us how
to love baby girl.

Now reluctantly
we let you go
knowing you will change
the world, as you have
changed us.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Redemption (for deverse-In Haphazard Fashion)

Shadow cast
in the luminous flicker
of a feigned smile.

How the voice coils
in retreat, waiting on
itself for a carefully
chosen word-

In hopes of warding off
the pernicious warmth
of a lie told to bar entry
beyond the door

where all I have hidden
waits for redemption. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day

On a stillborn day,
silence weighing heavy
fracturing freedom’s wing-

How they fall
soldiers in a field
fighting someone else's war
not their own-

That battle lay bleeding
on a distant land
overgrown with thorns,
piercing the heart with
unspoken goodbyes

As warriors surrender
to an unsung song.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

What Lingers When All is Said and Done (for deverse, questions of identity)

It’s still there,
The emptiness-

Woman I never knew
still remembering
her stormy eyes
clouded by an illness
I never understood

Even now, all I have
ever learned doesn’t feed
the silence between the hours

When I lie awake beneath
an all knowing moon
set in a mysterious sky
illuminating a darkness

It doesn’t tell me
the things I need to know.

That child felt alone
the woman I have become
still tries to fill the shadow
my mother left behind.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


I remember the scent
of each one-

How it created a longing
to cradle them close to my heart
where their beginnings were born.

 Feeling tiny hands
 caress my face,
 whispering stone-set love.

To rock them gently
through all the turbulence
as the earth revolved in sync
with the endless sweep of time,

forcing me to let go
bit by bit-

The ache
it leaves behind.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Secrets (for deverse-May 6 2014; Trees)

dark, thick with
rooted certainty-
echoes of an old song reborn

At the mercy
of currents
in thoughtless motion
 into the deep hard places
sharp with memory.

 Limbs holding truth
 bound to earth
 giving breath
reaching to sky,
 whispering leaves-
shedding secrets.