Modern Mama

Erasure

“A modern mama, you must lose”

Prepare the baby
With a cot —
Lay sleeping you must.

“You’re a mamma!”
You need.
So ignore your body?

Go!
Processed  milk designed for man.

“You’re a modern mamma!”
So when little boy turns one
why does he cry like that?

You’ve actually got it backwards.

Your advice is pretty rotten.

“Modern” humans are mammals
That mothers curled with nursing.

 

Dear Katie

2006.

A simple question:

“Do you love me?”

A simple answer.

Learn to let it go.

A bigger gift awaits you yet.

Travel the seas,

Climb the mountains.

Reach the one who says,

“I do.”

The Dock

Moonbeam illuminate the worn path from the cabin to the lake.

Coffee brewing on the fire, steam rising in swirls.

“Hush,” he said as his arms embraced her.

The morning fog creates a curtain as sip from the canteen of love.

Damn the morning and what the concrete cities bring.

Fir trees line the path, shelve the doubt until tomorrow.

Love waits on the dock.

The Chamber of Secrets

Secrets

define us.

What we tell

and what we don’t

binds us or loosens us.

Secrets

empower is.

What we tell

shapes who we are.

But what if your secret is another?

 

Midnight Sun in the Golden Fields


Hour 7

Secret meetings, arranged in hushed whispers,

Windows creak and our bodies slide through

into the night

into the secret illumined by the midnight sun.

Secret meetings created our path

in the night

in the shadows.

When the Keys

Hour 6

You held the golden keys of eternity,

I didn’t beg you not to go.

Instead I said to use those keys.

You held the golden keys of eternity,

and I wondered why you picked them up.

They glistened in your hands,

and I knew you’d use them.

 

Roman Kiss

Hour 5

Fiery sunset, piercing the sky

A Roman prince, a demigod

just waiting for my arrival.

I knew it was you,

Inciting the fires within.

Smoldering flames,

A fiery love.

 

Kiss in the Wings

Hour 4 – butterfly


Step two into the garden

barefoot feet upon the stone

missing you amongst the phlox

— a quick stop —

a butterfly in the path

a kiss from above

a gentle hello from between the words

a kiss from the wings

hello, mama.

Weaving Tales

Hour 3

Let’s find a road we haven’t traveled

Let’s weave a tale we haven’t told

In going out, we learn the stories of

where we’re from

Life is short so live your best tale

weaving stores ‘round the fire

weaving memories in our life

The Yellow Fleck

Hour 2

I made the wish

I said the prayer

“Find a way to spare her”

I knew the path

I saw the future

“There won’t be a way”

I saw one miracle

I needed one more

“Be prepared to lose her”

But when I saw your yellow fleck

in my daughter’s eyes:

Magic

 

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