Category Archives: Free Verse

Defying Mind

In a mad dance,
She leaps and twirls
From foothold to foothold,
From task to task:
Speed and continuity
Defying gravity,
Defying mind.
A sudden wall,
An enforced pause –
A simple change
(The grace to sit)
As dramatic as a spell:
Turned to stone or
Glued in place
While the will to dance whirls
A handspan past her fingertips.


A Dilemma of Hopes

Like a young child surrounded by brightly wrapped presents,
Visual promises of future glory, an excitement
Heightened by greed’s imagination –
A dilemma of hopes, of dreams –
When opening one means turning your back
On all those delicious possibilities


The First Day

The first day
Unnoticed
A season starting
Long overdone
A holiday anticipated
Months ago
A tradition
Lost


The Hostess

Everywhere at once,
Helping with a smile, a laugh,
Greeting each newcomer,
And passing from one conversation
To another, from friend to friend –
The heartbeat of the gathering,
Like a watchful fire tender,
Nursing the warmth to fire.


A Message

A message in the bottle you keep in your pocket,
Floating in the ocean of a noisy party,
A crowded table, or an empty room.
Equally lost: no pulse, no breath, no heartbeat –
No response


Deep Breath

A deep breath, as though the air is anesthesia,
Numbing impatience and irritation when applied to the lungs.
Another chance, another breath, and still the temper grows
As if the dosage is too low, too weak or watered-down
Or as if the rage and annoyance have grown immune,
Built up a tolerance with each breath, each attempt
Until the eruption becomes inevitable.


Life Resists

Like a paused VHS, life resists the hold,
Squirming and stuttering against its grasp:
Time’s influence pushing and pulling.
Move! The same strings that pull you up
Now bind you in a fierce, unfriendly grip:
Frozen in constant motion.


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