Garage Suffocation

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – “Make some room”  (posted by Laura Bloomsbury)
“Conjure a room or rooms in the literal, functional, metaphorical, imaginary, and/or fantastical sense.”

A converted garage served
as my apartment long ago.
I was able to touch 
the stove from the bed. Spending
far too much time
in that room, precipitated
my claustrophobia. Every 
dwelling since then has had
a profusion of windows–
light, airy. Walls may
be decorated artfully,
but you do not mistake
them for windows.

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One Door Opens

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday:  Meet Piet  (posted by Kim)

Mondrian (1)

– Piet Mondrian, ‘Broadway Boogie Woogie, 1942-43,

In doors, out doors and windows that peek out at the street.
Neon lights beckon, come in, come in.

Life on Broadway never slows nor darkens.
It is exciting, busy. Wait by the stage
door, be patient, and you may see some
of the actors leave. Snag an autograph
for your playbill like I did
when I saw Nathan Lane.

bees buzz near lavender
mayflies race to get indoors
spring is alive

Haibun Monday: Meet Piet

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“smoky haze”

Written for:  The Twiglets #178 – “smoky haze”

blue haze of smoke
drifted in the air
late night at jazz club

What they thought was fog over the city
turned out to be smoke from the wharf

scent of mesquite
mouth-watering hunger stirs
cookout on grill

A man by the name of Smoky
Loved dancing the Hokey-Pokey
He was fun at weddings
Spent his money betting
on all horses who were too slow-pokey

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Army Days

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – Prompt #291 – “Memorial Day”
“Use Memorial Day to spark your poem.”

World War Two
hastened my father
to enlist–
army man.
He never spoke of horrors,
not to his children,
only tales of pranks
played, salamis mailed to him.
His service
long ago
was filled with pride, and
I honor him.

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After Graduation

Written for:  the Sunday Whirl, Wordle #457

Words:  graduate, no, eye, fly, go, inflate, world, true, concentrate, sing, trip, delicious

New graduate must concentrate
on finding a position,
the condition of being
out there in the world.
Perhaps he/she would like
to go on a trip first, fly
to those places he/she had
a thirst to see. Eat some
delicious, exotic food,
and absorb true cultures
of other lands. Back home,
inflated with new knowledge,
he/she can cast an eye
on prospects, culling out
those ‘no room to move’
places, and choosing one
that sings the right tune.

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The Sisters and The Fox

Written for: Sunday Muse #109


Scarlet roses interlaced swirls
of blonde hair, a contrast
to her pale, fair face. In plucking
her flowers, thorns pierced her fingers,
prickling them with beads of blood
and grime. Her snow-hued sister chose
white roses for her raven hair.
Though less thorny, they pinched
her sensitive skin. And so the sisters
sought solace in the red-furred fox,
stroking his thick coat, cuddling.
Long, sharp claws protruded
from his paws but the sisters knew
he would never harm them.

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A Vacation

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – For Your Consideration:  “Most Deserving”
Complete this saying as the first line of your piece stating as such:

“I deserve a ___________”

I deserve a beach vacation
with sounds of gulls and ocean.
Peace would fill me with elation.
I deserve a beach vacation
in a summery location
with picking shells my only mission.
I deserve a beach vacation
with sounds of gulls and ocean.

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Watercolor Garden

Written for:  Poets and Storytellers United  (posted by Sanaa)
Weekly Scribblings #20:  “Undoubtedly Rossetti”

“Hello everyone and welcome to another round of Weekly Scribblings! Poems by Christina Georgina Rossetti have always appealed to me. Born in London on 5th December, 1830, sister of well-known Pre-Raphaelite poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Rossetti is best known for her ballads and her mystic religious lyrics.”

“Your Challenge today is to write while inspired by the works of Rossetti. But wait, there is a twist! You have an option to choose between mesmerizing poems by Christina Georgina Rossetti OR the beautiful paintings by her brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Click here to view the list.”

I dreamed a dream in May
of swimming with lily pads
and lotus blossoms in Monet’s
Watercolor garden of vast
free-floating disks, and blooms–
white, yellow, and pink contrast
where no space exists for gloom.

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Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – InForm Poet:  Dizain

I cannot breathe inside this mask
nor get my fingers to fit the glove,
but I must do what has been asked.
We need to protect the ones we love,
and those on earth whom we are a part of.
Invisible killer thrives among us
affecting young and old. We trust
vaccine will soon be available.
It seems we’ve fallen behind the bus
in equipment being attainable.

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Written for:  Go Dog Go Café – Tuesday Writing Prompt
“Write a poem that begins and ends with the same word.”

How can we bear
the changes
life has hurled at us?

Memorize imperfections
on a wall
until we no longer see them.

No hugs freely given
everyone disguised
as burglars.

Will there be
a return to
our old life, how?

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