Banish, Craft, Build

The fourteen oleaginous sand jackets,
collected in over five hundred and forty-six
infirmed nights (with their days),
are now shrouding the sheets that cuddle my bones.
I will drill the stout layers into submission,
work them hard, and
sweat them off my back.
I will banish the sand jackets
and reclaim my seeable Self in thirteen weeks.

Fifteen moons ago, I promised
to do onto others… with my hands.
I will fulfill that oath,
with handmade words.
I will give fitting shapes to my thoughts
and pay them forward
in fewer than thirteen weeks.

There is a hollow space on the red wall of my heart,
awaiting a shelf made of urban driftwood,
to house a Wild child, two Crow girls and three Thorns.
I will build that shelf before thirteen weeks
have gone by.

NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero 2015, Day 6 – I Will Do It in Thirteen Weeks: Your poem should list three achievable goals, which you would like to accomplish within the next thirteen weeks.

Banish, Craft, BuildIt’s my birthday (well, it was yesterday). I can share a picture that has nothing to do with this poem if I want to. I do want to. So there. And no; I have no idea where the Little Princess picked up her fashionable sock style *cough*.

Dead Flowers and Torn Feathers

You burst out of her flesh,
leaving her womb
full of dead flowers and torn feathers;

wouldn’t you, too, have ended you?

She tried to own her mistakes,
nurse you back to your life,
say goodbye…

but words turned to tears in her mouth—she choked.
Losing you
tasted of dying blood, soil and salt.

Process Note: this poem is addressed to the twin sisters in “Blooming Howls”, the first of five stories in a collection by the same name. Most of the piece is based on this quote: “I thought it would be easy to own my mistakes, to say goodbye, to let go… but the words turned to tears in my mouth and I choked on salt of my own making.”

Day 5 of NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero 2015You Might Not Know Me, But…: Address today’s poem to a fictional character or a historical figure.

for the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads

Blooming HowlsBlooming Howls, by Magaly Guerrero
cover art, by Michelle Kennedy