Pas de Deux

Here, what kind of poet am I? I thought you already knew.
I feel a word & I find it’s mate & chart their pas de deux.

Backwards they waltz & forwards they spin dancing their synced soft shoe.
Rhythm evolves with meanings just so; each phrase the next one’s clue.

Enter the May Queen, her maids in tow around the theme they screw.
Then witches writhe around their cauldron tossing rhymes in the roux.

My imagination flits & jumps making so much ado.
My thoughts now spit & sputter their steam while falling into queue.

A dance of ideas & a dance of rhymes born from just the two.
Created, counted & metered out; this poet’s piece is through.

Mind the Gap

“Mind how you go“, said the crone to the world; as all the good deeds of her long life unfurled.

Death had come knocking so often before. But, this was last call & she’d stall him no more.

Leaving the world better than she found it…she quit with Death & her exit resounded.

What would they do now that she was not here? Who’d they now look to; she’d lived long without peer?

She’d mentored her heir; prepared her a pitch. Now all would come down to a tough maiden witch.

Given

The lines in your hand & the tears on your cheek, speak to your future & this unhappy week.

I call on you now & I’ll be back around to offer my service to which I am bound.

The language I speak is the tongue of concern. I do for you now without want of return.

I’ll offer my best while you are not at yours. I’ll hold you and feed you; replenish your stores.

Because one day you may lose me, I’ll smooth the road ahead for thee.

Snowbud

I figure that living may outweigh dying… But letting death go was a few years trying.
Relearning life was indeed petrifying…Although needs must when the devil is driving.

Being born in summer & living in spring…Sudden chills in the eves are a frightful thing.
In frost scented air as the long nights take wing…I sit by my hearth & of color I sing.

Life flows like birth & death’s cycles on repeat…We trod o’er the starts & the ends under feet.
Ignorant of nuance in seasons so fleet…The rush of life intoxicating & sweet.

Towards death hewn horizons we all do rush…Mistaking the future as golden & lush.
Collecting burdens that are destined to crush…Thinking they’ll make our destination more plush.

I once saw clearly my future in vision…Halting my progress in wrecking collision.
Long I sat licking my wounds of abscission…But now bloom in snow by warmth of decision.

Black

Beige is a color I’ve often studied.
Beige is just a white that once was bloodied.
Beige now suggests it was erstwhile muddied.
Beige is purity that knows it’s sullied.

Gray is a coloring I often choose.
Gray holds the answers while hiding the clues.
Gray always blends in when chaos ensues.
Gray’s unconcerned with a win or a lose.

Red is the color I’m scared by the most.
Red is the color of blood & of boast.
Red’s the color of heaven & hell’s host.
Red is the color of loving love’s ghost.

Blue is a color that longs to be free.
Blue is the color of souls on a spree.
Blue hues the vastness of sky & of sea.
Blue is the color I wish I could be.

Burning Map

Through all the lines of mortal men in fleshly conjugation.
All are born to learn the self within & without their Nation.

Through pale traditions & burned routine sentience is benighted.
Fenced in by habit & stoic lines men are made befrighted.

In static grooves of fretful worry they scheme & machinate.
They stare past the mirror’s pane & on difference ruminate.

Held in sway by sad regard that unlike means inferior.
Conquering horizons far to add to their interior.

Still, men fail to snuff the flames of individuality.
Bind your truth to your true north & lean into equality.

Three Flights

There is life in the deadliest places.
There is death in the liveliest scenes.
Examples are so anywhere you go,
living & dying comes free.

There is shade in the brightness of noontime.
There are stars in the blackest midnight. Lucency knows it’s allegiance is owed
to coming or going light.

There is poverty in the rich classes.
There is wealth in the humblest abode.
On family or friends your life you spend,
your profit’s not saved it’s sowed.

Invention’s Bane

The complicated devices by which our lives we live.
Devoid of personality-all take & little give.

None look past the watch’s face to see its complications.
Only seeing hands of time-not gears in their rotations.

We’ve traded dials, debate & books in aid of convenience.
Need’s no more invention’s womb, it’s labor wanting lenience.

Useful gadgets are quite the boon, if we retain our skill.
If we’re ignorant of the plow, we’ve nothing for the mill.

We love progress & so we should; it piques the pace of course.
But moves us closer to the end & further from our source.

Ultraviolet

Light hits a wing & breaks into blue.
Mother Nature’s might can’t bear this hue.
Beams ricochet off poppy’s petal.
Plays off robin’s eggs & Greek nettle.
Sun’s gold shatters on navy ocean.
Rainbow’s prism shows cobalt’s notion.
Sunrise paints a cerulean sky.
Azure is caged in a lapis dye.
The iris can see light’s blue unfurled…
but blue’s not part of the living world.

Ensemble

The thirsty heart feeds the hungry mind.
Psyche sweats cranking the pump in kind.
To each other’s survival inclined.
To codependent function resigned.

Both cleared out to be filled once again.
A circling race that neither will win.
The rhythm of sense & thought within.
Their composition a throbbing din.

The thinking brain jumps to conclusion.
The pumping heart skin’s flush infusion.
They fly in frenzied fast collusion.
The soul the fruit of their effusion.

Often harmonied in grief & love.
Laughter & blues; the hand in the glove.
Only wants & needs cause push & shove.
Hearts desiring what brains are above.

Steering bodies thru life with their oars.
No clear distinction-like seas & shores.
Hearts experience what thought explores.
Working together til death shades doors.