Love’s Strength in Her Bones

Fall Storm, 2012
the past comes calling,
Sandy hurricanes and kills;
wailing in my bones

Winter Loss, 2013
car crash in the dark,
wicked angel flies away;
asthmatic, my cries

Summer Wedding, 2014
handfasted by friends,
Witch and Piano Man kiss;
love’s strength in my blood

Process Note
: “Superstorm Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season”, the same year I made a decision that hurt many… including me. My baby brother died in a car accident at the end of the winter of 2013; shortly after, asthma symptoms that hadn’t been severe for years returned to squeeze my throat. In the summer of 2014, my Piano Man and I were handfasted, by two wonderful souls, in front of the eyes of the people we love most. On the day of our wedding, I was so happy that my flesh and bones and I danced for hours without thinking about pain.

NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero, Day 4 – Feeling So Deeply It Hurts: “Write a poem that shows how an emotion might increase physical pain, and vice versa.”
Love’s Strength in Her Bonesthe Witch and the Piano Man
(June 29, 2014)

Magaly Guerrero

Mango Eaters Make Dangerous Pirates

The sea is mango wine
fed by rivers,
kept full by clouds of mango mist
raining over mountains
of the wildest mango forests.

Fireball la Libre Sharpgrin was a born pirate.
Twenty-eight moons after her thirteenth birthday,
her cackles sailed into the Caribbean Sea.

No one warned the fish.

On her first day as a hired pirate,
Fireball consumed three sharks,
one forty-eighth of the Kraken (it was supersized)
and ate every window of Ursula’s cottage.

Years have gone
since the time of Fireball la Libre Sharpgrin’s
mid voyage snack;
dreamers are still searching the sweet waters, but
no one has been able to find Nemo.

NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero 2015, Day 3 – Indulgences: “Craft a poem about spoiling your Self or the Self of another. Let decadence run wild.”
Ingredients: the Kraken, Ursula, Nemo (still missing) and mango cravings addiction.

Mango Eaters Make Dangerous Pirates“Mango Tree AKA Senor Mango”, by Leah Saulnier