Let America Be America Again

A young man born in Joplin, Missouri in 1902, inspired by the blues and his own experience, wrote the poem “Let America Be America Again.” Today, we hear men and women, young and old, yelling at us about what America should be. They tell us to Make America Great Again. Make America Smart Again. MakeContinue reading “Let America Be America Again”

a real life love poem

Roses are red, violets are blue sugar is sweet and addictive and love is too. it’s sunny Sunday driving, an orgasmic late afternoon, it’s endless frustration, but for a life lived over the moon. it is patience and silence when harsh words come to mind, its my favorite home-cooked meal when the world has notContinue reading “a real life love poem”

Ask. Seek. Desire. Expand. Move. Feel. Be.

There she is. . . The one who loves too hard, feels too deeply, asks too often, desires too much. There she is taking up too much space, with her laughter, her curves, her honesty. Her presence is as tall as a tree, as wide as a mountain. Her energy occupies every crevice of theContinue reading “Ask. Seek. Desire. Expand. Move. Feel. Be.”

Dear Future Daughter

“If I have a daughter one day, I hope she is a million other things Before beautiful. I hope when her feet Hit the ground in the morning, The earth vibrates Announcing her presence. I hope she treats others With dignity and respect. I hope they treat her the same. I hope she refuses toContinue reading “Dear Future Daughter”

My mother’s endless love. 

The love of my mother has no prejudice. The love of my mother is not blind.  The love of my mother has no bounds. The love of my mother is always kind.  The love of my mother never pauses.  The love of my mother simply searches,  for ways to make you feel better inside.  The love ofContinue reading “My mother’s endless love. “

To Forty, With Love

Surprising is the sentiment that sisterhood brings To a life once thought to be full. It turns out that the sister-less are, after all Without a love most pure and wonderful. A sister-in-law, to be clearer just here, Is an especially delightful kind. Born from the love of the love of her life And theContinue reading “To Forty, With Love”

Neruda’s Love Poems – Rewritten

I love your feet only because they walked upon the earth and upon the wind and upon the waters, until they found me. in the skin of the grapes I thought I touched you. do not take from me your laughter. when your laughter enters it opens for me all the doors of life. inContinue reading “Neruda’s Love Poems – Rewritten”

Native

Across the sand Bare feet deep breath dive in calm, clear, teal farther and farther lungs scream tiny schools mermaid hair soft sand reflections waves tepid Atlantic wraps around skin hearts aglow loyal sunshine foggy brain molecules cling his presence lingers dive deep

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Rewritten, Explicit.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, the ground floor of an old house Had been converted into a piano bar, filled by many a louse. Music and banter wound its way up the spiral staircase, Melodies curled around a lady giving a sailor good chase. Somewhere down some lane children slept in their beds Visions ofContinue reading “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Rewritten, Explicit.”

Let’s Get Something Straight

The term “feminist.” It does not mean I don’t want a boy or girl to open doors for me. Please hold my hand. And walk me home. It does not mean I won’t do the dishes and the laundry and vacuum. And feed us. Every week. Which is why You should too, occasionally or always. ItContinue reading “Let’s Get Something Straight”

Miami Life, Another Night

A fly’s wings fluttered against the glass as thunder shook the pane. Drops pelted the roof of the car. The fly buzzed. Sam considered opening the window and letting him drown. An ambulance siren howled in the distance. The rain masked the sounds of metal and rubber and the slick roads claiming its victims. The flyContinue reading “Miami Life, Another Night”

Ordinary Won’t Do

In what world is this Too pretty to kiss Too bold to relate Too pedantic about fate Too sure to question Too pure, this breath Too undying this passion Too soon this death Where mediocrity thrives, certainty dies Petulance cries and devotion tries For a stronger pull in this way or that The way strangersContinue reading “Ordinary Won’t Do”

A Cunning Cunundrum

The smile she wears craftily masks the mess underneath. She glances around the room timidly, both needing to see him and desperate not to. She chats gracefully with her friends. Under her guise of tranquility he possesses every thought. She hates herself for it. There he is. She tastes yellow, putrid like bile and callousness.Continue reading “A Cunning Cunundrum”

A Love Letter to My Generation

A caustic compliment From the curve of your lip Matches your cruel beauty Like satin ripped   The accidental truths Dropped off your tongue Are fallen angels slain They are your demons undone   There is dissonance in those eyes A freezing wind blows through your soul No matter how many matches I strike There’sContinue reading “A Love Letter to My Generation”