Not Wearing Black Cos that Would Look Suspicious

Her heart grows wild things:

weeds that bloom in the dark,
fanged daisies
with sweetening grins,
big flowery butts that break small boxes,
CWS (cackles witchy style).

She looks smart in a velvet cape,
dreadlocks,
and a batty hat;
with soul (and teeth) bared
in defense of her loves …

She is
maiden Sister,
mother Protectress,
and Sage crone…
A wild woman

who takes her journal for a stroll
in the woods
“(not wearing black
cos that would look suspicious).”

 

 for Gina, my Daydream Believer: Happy Birthday, dear love!

added to Poetry Pantry 242

Gina

photo (and the journal in it) belong to Gina Morley;
the pole stuck in the dirt is park property
*cough, cough, cough*

Red City Barn

Incessant,
the serenata of engines
rolling down and up Broadway
lulls me from sleep;

except on Friday nights.

At the dawn of each weekend,
the commuting symphony
is accompanied by duets
(and trios)
all pissed off and calling for blood,
a cappella.

How I long for the song of island winds…

“Bitch!
You knew he was with me.
But tramps only care for themselves.”

“I didn’t know.
Do I talk like an ignorant tramp?
Do I dress like a tramp?
No, that’s you.”

“You two deserve each other.
I hope he treats you real bad
and screws you worse.”

How I long for the song of Caribbean crickets…

When the concerto
of cars and buses and drunk romance
gets too loud, I change direction.

I place the lively pub patrons at my back
and focus on the redemption
of my bit of city:

for even on the darkest of nights,
I can see the barn through trees and shadows,
conjure up the red of its walls,
and feel the gaze of horses
widening the grin on my face.

I will always long for the song
of island winds,
of Caribbean crickets,
of a palmwood cottage
settling for the night…

But while I’m grinning at my Red City Barn,
the longing is just bittersweet nostalgia,
for childhood songs now gone.
.

for Dee

linked to Sanaa’s Prompt Nights, A Cup of Nostalgia

in Poetry Jam,
Brian Miller wanted to know a secret
that made my city special

Red Barn

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Red Barn Gate