Posts Tagged ‘words



14
Jan
10

The Poet Nixon

Never let your head hang down.
Never give up and sit down and grieve.
Never say no when a client asks for something,
Even if it is the moon. You can always try, and
Anyhow there is plenty of time afterwards
To explain that it was not possible.
Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains
If you don’t pray when the sun shines.

08
May
09

Patterns

It’s hard
In knitting to
Keep on repeating; In
Life it’s nearly impossible
To stop.

05
Apr
09

Hush.

Your breath
is wasted on
words. Words change nothing…now
Let’s find something else to do with
Your mouth.

06
Mar
09

Fail Wail

I planned to never be one of those parents.
The kind who rolls down the window and yells,
“Where are you going? School’s the other way”
When they see a kid walking at 9 am.
I was never going to be one of those moms
Who screams and acts as if she’s going to faint
When she sees young people engage in what
Used to be called foreplay outside the school door.
Most of all I was hoping that if I
Stayed ever hip and cool I could avoid
The wail. That vocal expression of pure horror
Bestowed by teenage girls on their mothers
If Mom does something terrible like mix up
The Beatles and the Monkees or forget
Which Jonas Brother is known as the cute one.
And yet…

I heard it in my kitchen this morning.
“I was supposed to have an idea
For my Chemistry project by today,” she said.
“It has to do with polysaccharides.”
“That’s what makes up sugar, isn’t it?”
I asked innocently as mothers have
From the Dark Ages through earlier today.
There was an audible intake of breath and then
“Polysaccharides make up fiber, Mom!
A disaccharide only forms a sugar!”
Neither of us spoke for a while. And you know
The shame is that- hidden in my head- there
Is a truth that we’re never going to share.
I know that Nick Jonas is the cute one.

22
Feb
09

Self Identified

Confucius said to
Call things by their right names is
How wisdom begins.

It’s impossible.
If everything is in flux
You will never know

What to call a thing
Unless it declares itself
And tells you its name.

My name is dazzling
Violet seeker of best words.
How may I know you?