Poems and Poetry

Sabotage | A Poem by G.S. Katz

Separation will be difficult
Divorce worse
Can’t take my coffee black anymore
The artificial sweetener is cancer though
Been sabotaging us for awhile now
Your lies didn’t help matters much
You call it being distant
We’ll have to agree to disagree
Maybe a butter rum Lifesaver in my coffee
Will be just enough to power through
Pass the cream please
Making real changes now

Branches | Poems by Nancy May

snow shower
broken branches
feathers ruffle

shower of snow
broken branches
silence between us

winter horizon
broken branches
snow cascades

fallen leaves
broken branches
twilight years

blustery winds
broken branches
fallen leaves

empty nests
broken branches
memories of you

in a cool breeze
broken branches
fallen snow

fallen leaves
broken branches
new beginnings

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Reliance | A Poem by Jocelyn Mosman

You are every stretch of tendon,
wrist flexed, then relaxed,
the curvature of a hand,
steady and bent.

You are brain stem activity,
words and pain both flowing
down your spinal cord
until it is too hard to write.

You are mouth and throat,
soft spoken and fragile,
swallowing blood,
choking back heart.

You rely on the body:
hand to write,
spine to stand,
mouth to speak.

As you collapse inward
like a burning house,
all I can do is hold sound
the walls,

resist the destruction,
or flee.

I will not leave.
I will not watch you burn.

I will guide your hand,
until words flow past
unspeakable pain
onto open page.

I will stand tall beside you,
become sturdy,
lumbar vertebrae,
help you climb and stretch.

I will give your voice legacy,
as student, as friend,
next generation of oral tradition
passed hand-to-hand like communion,

but when the house smolders,
the skeleton screams,
the joints crack.
I smell smoke.

As body relies on body,
I rely on you.

I will not leave.
I will not watch you burn.

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