Monday, October 28, 2019

the moon, the sole witness

Her eyelashes are heavy by restless nights.   The backpack strains her shoulders as she nears the destination.

She walks faster now, knowing the path towards the forest trees with giant roots climbing out of boulders.   The shadows are draping every crevice.   This is the barrenness of harvest or pestilence.   She almost lost her bearings.

You can't stop now (voice in her head).

She steps into the clearing of stones.   (Only the wind hears his whispers).   Taking out a black case from her bag, she reaches for the knife.   His knife, bold & black, pressing familiar on her palm.     

There is no hesitation - she plunges the knife & breaks the case.   Small bones and dust caved into tunnel beneath.   The ancient trees will bury the remnants of her broken promises - finally. 

After a long exhale, she retreats, growing smaller as a candle light.                

Posted for dVerse Poets Pub - Prosery, hosted by Bjorn Rudberg.    This is a word post less than 144 with the given line:  This is the barrenness of harvest or pestilence from All Hallows by Louise Gluck. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

autumn musings

Who braided the hair of the weeping
willow tree & left a shoe?

Sky is brilliant shade of blue

as maple leaves shimmer in red and gold

The sun moves slow as red & black
woollybear caterpillar on a dead leaf  

Why did the crab apple tree bind  
itself with sea glass?

The forest floor is soft book 
of needled pines and misplaced leaves

A river running low

smelling of dead fish, caught in the tides

Do you know what the earth meditates 

upon in autumn?

My skin itches from pollen, tea bags

and unanswered questions

Photo by Grace@Everyday Amazing 

Posted for dVerse Poets Pub - The questions as a Poetry - Hosted by Laura Bloomsbury.

Thanks for the visit.

Monday, October 21, 2019

autumn burn

autumn leaves
darkening eyes, wind-curled blades 

on pathway, fallen from
maple trees

one by one
i tread with gratefulness 

i'll (always) remember how you 
torch the sky with brilliant orange hues

your rust-yellow fingers  
quivering with fire & sundust

my eyes are blinded 
by beauty

Posted for dVerse Poets Pub - Quadrille, hosted by De Jackson.   This is 44 word post with the given word, Quiver.  I have been spending time outdoors, enjoying our beautiful but short autumn season.   See you in the poetry trail.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

scattered needles//subway//

your silence is bell
ringing rust in my ears
swarming buzzing 
my sunken eyes, lost pages
of a book
i stumble, fumble, 

i hold my lighter 
but i can't see my feet
the cut on my right hand
a growing fire
i am falling, 
faster than autumn leaves

your silence is drug
drowning my veins in darkness
do i dance with dirty needles
in all my days
until i,
                   that nobody 
become a sterile sheet
you pass by on the street  
               -somebody, help me-

Posted for dVerse Poets Pub - OpenLinkNight - A first hand experience watching a young man in the subway train, addicted, high with drugs, in our regular commute.      After our ride, someone reported him for help.   

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Ode to an avocado

dressed with lemon,
garlic, olive oil & mustard-
a chef's delight

but i like you best
sliced open under rough snake
velvet ripe & creamy

drizzled with sugar
& cold milk,
bowled dessert
of indolent summer days

plump smooth,

slivers of ambrosia      
your taste is only rivaled
by my other childhood memory-

cloistered nuns
making candied purple yams
stirring over
& over
flaming giant pan until
rough fibers turn sin-

fully lush
as nectar oil

decadent food 
for gods  
hand-bottled for sale in market -

your green womb
wraps me tight like seed

pining for tropical sun-

Posted for D'verse Poets Pub - An oldie but good poem for today's Poetics by guest host, Lisa Fox (Jade Li).   Join us for a food-inspired prompt at 3pm EST.

Picture credit:   here