Delusional

Firm, tender shoots poke insistently

Thrusting upward, urgent in search of

strength of sun, permeating dank earth

 

Resolved to burst forth, irrespective

of imminent risk to future blooms.

Hell-bent on beauty, heedless of cost.

 

In daffodils’ steadfast heavenward

ascent, a reminder bobs and nods:

In warming rays, hope springs eternal.

 

 

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Convicted

 

Every sob leaking

Past fingered-hole dam

Of daughter’s heartbreak

Spilled out

Snotty and incoherent

Midnight and beyond

 

Reverberates

Percussing the fault-lines

Of her own

Hastily duct-taped

Fractured core

 

Conjures twin demons

Indestructible power imbued

 

Grief interminable

Pounding ceaselessly

Through every cell

The good twin

 

To doppelganger

Guilt’s

Perpetual accusatory whisper

Her Epic fail

Authors misery unending

 

Soul Exam

Soul in stirrups

Grotesquely splayed

Vulnerable inner core

Cruelly displayed

 

Private parts agape

Poked and prodded

By chance to ascertain

Her soundness.

 

Is her nucleus infected?

Rotten?

Diseased beyond repair?

Armchair experts diagnose

 

Cold steel speculum

Invasion

Comforting teddy bear cuddle

In stark comparison

 

 

Un-Silenced

 

Lips pierced silent

By the razor wire that contained her.

That threatens,

Ohio February gray perpetual

To once again contain her

By dint of infraction

Real or twisted-patriarchy imagined

 

Voice

Booming resonance of her lived truth

The power to blow back

Encroaching fog of incipient annihilation

Types urgent as impotent

Wind-spitting upon

Beloved house afire

 

Testifies

In anonymous verse

 

Woman Defiled

 

Man gloried in her body’s pleasures

Basked in warmth, softness gently given

Cavorted freely day and night


Sought wise counsel, patient and balanced

Received expected constant support

Ear and shoulder shared life’s toil and strife


Undying devotion never fits

Impossible standards she falls short

Neither angel nor devil enough

Shell of Herself

 

Curled ferociously into herself

Protecting vulnerable center

Scuffed whorls hide inner shimmering light

 

Battered by the buffeting onslaught

Demeaning ebbs and degrading flows

She fights against the swallowing tides

 

Inswept upon a ravaging wind

Hollowed carcass held gently to heart

Compassion breathed into spiraled soul