Y: Yielding #NaPoWriMo

That stone you trip over on your way out Is just the tip of something buried under Our marriage eight thousand odd days old. I know each arc of your words You know how I bare my soul. That stone will not be dug in our lifetime It’s where our eight thousand odd habits lie…

X: Xed #NaPoWriMo

  We were star crossed Marked with an x Each where we were Light years apart…   How I wish I had quashed The tremor I marked x That would be that And I would keep my heart.

W: wanting #NaPoWriMo

I want to lie down and catch drops of snow in my mouth and not worry about the cold   I want to lose myself in the branches Hiding from voices calling me home and not worry about dinner to be made   I want to howl back at the moon and leap at the…

U: unearthed #NaPoWriMo

When my soul needs healing I come to you Cutting through flesh and tissue With an expert scalpel Setting the maggots free Tearing the skin Unearthing (in)human remains A bit of nail, some blood Some sinew. And when it’s done I draw the curtain Veil the wounds with the usual warts And hide In full…

S: Silence #NaPoWriMo

  How can I be silent, How can silence fill my howl The tears I do not cry The grief I wear like a cowl   That I borrowed from you As you lay dying The words I left unsaid My truths Exposed and cloying   Patterns upon the bed Where I watched over you…

Q: Quiet #NaPoWriMo

  Today someone asked after you I looked here and there unwilling to share your absence. And now I look as if on cue to the moon out there uncaring to share my silence.    

P: Play #NaPoWriMo

  If I turn on the lights I miss the glow of the sunset the night clouds chasing on the heels of the day. When I turn on the lights I almost do not see the  moon half-full beaming down at me. When I turn on the lights I do not see you sitting by…

O: Obedience #NaPoWriMo

The virtues of obedience are best understood by those who are disobedient in their youth!

N: Nocturne #NaPoWriMo

    I sit in the dark While the house sleeps The familiar sighs The gentle creaks The thump of a tail All the sounds I own As the house becomes home And I can rest in peace.

J: Jaded #NaPoWriMo

The fever broke a day ago The palette of watercolours drying in the sun fractured Like rust peeling off that iron gate Where we walked the wild grass barefoot Looking out for ants that survive Eating at our togetherness. Our love is nothing but moonshine But how can I let you off the hook? You…

I: Inquisitive #NaPoWriMo

  If someone wrote a poem about me, What would the lines say? There is a woman who walks alone Every evening. Would they see The children on my hands The dogs in the swing of my arms The limp I carry as I drag one foot Just a little bit, the men I’ve kissed…

H: Hopelessness #NaPoWriMo

There’s a hole in the roof where the storm came through That night when it poured and the wind blew In gales, up-rooting trees, followed by thunder Lightning striking my fears asunder. I must have blacked out…for when I woke The sky was smiling sweetly and was blue I waited, I waited for three days…