Loss

Loss curls around him
rubbing against his stubbled cheek
he turns his face to it
and swallows it whole

he feels it circle then settle, heavy
and smooth in his belly
like a stray cat
coming home

inside he is windswept
flapping around the dark pit of absence
bleak as the moors in November
and falling
always falling

 

This started out as a quadrille (44 words) but I came back to it, fiddled, and added a few more.  Now it’s linked to the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads where they are hosting an open forum.

Brownian Motion

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Red Oak pollen from the Department of Environmental Conservation

Organisms move
in a seemingly random dance
and people in our lives
enter and leave
at unknown intervals

There is a day
when leaves begin to turn
and geese fill the sky
with their southerly dance
and the sun bows down
ever earlier

Blind and deaf,
we do not see
the pattern of the steps
or hear the music
but only feel its beat
reverberating through our bodies

This is for the Imaginary Garden, where Bjorn asked us to write something about Brownian Motion, which he explained  as, “which is the random motion of particles suspended in a fluid that can be observed through a microscope.”

Our Costumes were a Big Bang, in Theory

I pulled on opaque tights
with sensible shoes
denim skirt
mismatched blouse and sweater
thick glasses
and the tiara of
Amy Farrah-Fowler.

Then colored the bald head
of my husband
with a brown grease pencil,
while he sported his Flash tee-shirt
and khaki slacks
ala Sheldon Cooper.

It might have been more fun
had I not replied,
when asked what I wanted to drink,
“Tepid water, please.”

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Photo by Mary Bach’s phone

Nerd Alert!  When Mama Zen asked for 65 words about Halloween costumes over at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads I decided to show and tell what the hubs and I did last year.  You might just want to click on the link and check out the rest of the toads in the garden.  :o)

Consumed

Who worries about being minimalist?
An entire industry arose
to organize stuff;
to build stuff
to hold
stuff,
to help us
get rid of stuff
so we have the space
to fill with newly purchased stuff
 
But what are we trying to fill?
What went haywire in our hunter-gatherer brains?
Where is your empty space?

This is for the promp 55+ at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, where we are asked to write 55 words, plus use some aspect of “space.”  Click on the link and check it out.

The Matriarchs’ Charm

Take hungry grins full of spittle
place sticky, beating hearts in the middle
and twine with salt and pepper hair
through endless days and nights laid bare
Add pebble, bone, root and feather
then wrap in tales and bind together
 
Wipe your brow and bow your head
spill blood upon the marriage bed
Now cross yourself – once, twice, thrice
and you become the sacrifice

This is for the Imaginary Garden for Real Toads where we were challenged to write a charm in ten lines or less.

Looking Down

Walking up the hill
I stop to notice
long, shallow trenches
exposed after the snow melt
 
I imagine mice running
through ice tunnels
protected from wind
and predators
in their winter labyrinth
 
But now
their secrets are laid bare
under a shimmering
unforgiving sun

This is a Quadrills (44 words) including “shimmer” for Victoria at dVerse.  And it is inspired by nature for Margaret at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads.  Thank you both for the writing prompts and the space to post. There’s day 4 done and dusted. Phew!
 

Classic 55

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Hiking
Brady’s Bluff today
steep steps mark the way
others have gone before me.
It is timeless 
yet new
 
This spring greening
is like the first day
in Elysium,
the breeze
straight from the mouth of Zeus
 
I swear the eagle
flying slow, sad circles
overhead
is Daedalus
looking for his boy

Here is a 55+ for the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads for Day three of National Poetry Month, where some hearty souls are writing 30 poems in 30 days. Today we were asked to write 55 words, with the plus being a classical theme.  The picture was taken today by my talented sister-in-law,Joan Filla, during our hike.

And Yet…

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“… inspiration stalks us / through gloom” –Hilda Doolittle

Our lives are spent
chasing dark, smoky dreams
that end in
compromised alleys
filled with expired promises
that hang
for a moment,
then dissipate in
the fading light
of another lost day
 
Raw, indifferent winds
blow crumpled
wisps of paper
scribbled
with our secret antidote:
hope

Tenuous, transitory
and yet we
hope

These 55 words are for Kerry and the rest of the Toads in the Imaginary Garden.  It is also linked to Magpie Tales where Tess provided picture “Atonement Letter.”  Click on the links and check both of them out.