Saturday, April 17, 2010

POEM: iron curtain

there is a curtain slowly being drawn
between before and after
it blocks out the light
impossibly obscuring my view
on both sides
I want to yank it open
but it won’t budge
and my fingers get caught
in the lacy threads
there is no distant horizon
no rear view
only the intricate woven patterns
of the tangled cloth
draping everything

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

POEM: if few and far between

I want to know happiness again
to feel it warm my cold bones
like spring
find a new way to be myself
come to terms
with lingering wounds
as fresh sap runs
through my poisoned veins

this long season of despair
must not leave me diminished
my legacy to my children
cannot be
a mother root-bound by cancer
they need
I need
to believe that these changes
somehow were transcended
into a new life still worth living
reaching for the sun
let there be lush moments
if few and far between
then at least enough
to scatter a few seeds
and hope they take root

Monday, April 5, 2010

POEM: closer still

even with Death stalking me

closer still now
hot breath
upon my neck

I fail
I fall
I forget
to give all I have
to live all I am