Thursday, July 27, 2017

Skyline


Skyline

I float among the giants that
make up the outline of a city.
Take in their differences--
colors, components, configurations.
Observe how they fit in with each other.
Watch them disappear into a fog
or sparkle in the sunshine.
Sit in their shadows.
Study their reflections.
Embrace my new point of view.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Aftereffect


Aftereffect

The crowds gathered on the fourth
to see the fireworks display
in honor of  Independence Day.

Two nights later, the
booms were out of place.
Colors filled the sky but
made us wonder why.
What did we have left to celebrate?

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Stefani Deoul, Fay Jacobs, RJ Samuel and Jessica L. Webb

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Geometric Abstraction


Geometric Abstraction

The sun paints with light.
The buildings are its canvas.
The works shimmer to catch
your attention then change
before your eyes.

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Sandra Moran Radio Book Club-Bonus book club July 29 featuring
Stefani Deoul, Fay Jacobs, RJ Samuel and Jessica L. Webb

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I Left the Sun Behind


I Left the Sun Behind

I left the sun behind
to go into the clouds.

It was a bumpy ride,
murky on all sides.

The view before me blurred.
Still, I continued to rise.

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Sandra Moran Radio Book Club-Bonus book club July 29 featuring
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Foggy


Foggy

The morning fog
is stealth.
It slips in while
the sun is asleep
and burns off as
the light increases.

The afternoon fog
is brazen.
It inserts itself
into the middle
of the day.
Obscures the views
then ambles away.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Soldiers of the City


Soldiers of the City

We stand in formation,
shoulder to shoulder,
always at attention.

We have become
routine to those
who pass by us
day in and day out.

It is the visitors
who crane their
necks to take
in our full height.

They render salutes
worthy of our place
in the skyline.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Departed


The Departed

Do you miss me?
I've stayed close by.
Can you feel me?
I'm right by your side.

I'm going to take a break. The next post will be July 11.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Observation


Observation

Are you captured
by the deep green
or the lack of it.

Is this a
two-tone design
or a fortunate accident?

Do you see the
individual parts or
just lights and darks?

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Periodical Cicadas


Periodical Cicadas

Have you heard the buzz?
Seventeen years in the making.
The cicadas were underground
sipping the sap until they
got the cue to come out
and sing for us.

The prompt for this poem was bugs.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Surviving a Storm


Surviving a Storm

Rain hit the house,
thrown by the force
of the wind.

Whooossshhh!
The only time I'd
heard that sound
was when a
limb came down.

Not this time.
Only scattered debris
came off the trees.

But, in the garden,
two stalks of
a coneflower stretched
out on the ground.
A pink blossom was
spattered with mud.

The plant did not
seem to be broken.
Perhaps, it did
what it had to do
to survive.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Midnight


Midnight

We talk about
the dawn of day,
the rising sun
escorted by
streaks of color.

The real change
occurs hours before,
marked by
the tick of a clock.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Watch for Me


Watch for Me

I take a peek
at the world.
A side splits
and gives a preview
of my rich redness.
Watch for me to open.
Once I'm on display,
I'm gone within a day.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Immigration


Immigration

The backyards meet
and are divided by
a fence, a wire wall
with many openings.

The neighbors
planted tiger lilies
that crossed this border
and took up residence
on my property.

I welcomed them.
Their beauty was
reason enough, but
they also brought back
memories of
my aunt and uncle;
my first home, and
the orange blossoms
that lined the driveway.

I wonder if  
different owners
thought the plants
moved from my yard
into theirs. If so,
did they complain
that these lilies
didn't belong there?
I hope not.
Why should it matter
where the flowers came from
when all they did was
enhance the landscape?

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Harvest


Harvest

As I work in the garden,
poems are self-sowing.
They grow among the flowers.
Begin as colors, shapes and sizes.
Have a certain posture.
They blossom in different ways.
Burst out at me or unfold slowly.
Then, the time comes to cut them down.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Downed


Downed

The trees have fallen.
What brought them down?
Was it sickness, people, wind?
Even if we knew, we couldn't
stand them up again.
The best we can do
is let them rest.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Stage Fright


Stage Fright

The hands hover above the keyboard.
They hesitate to start.
They know the notes by heart,
but are afraid to touch the keys.
The hands hover, waiting for
the mind to let them play.

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