PAD Day 13 – Admissions

Admissions

No longer a secret,
the photos on my computer.
So plump, so slender,
sometimes obscure
others bold in full sight
the ivory skin that changes
at different horizontal heights
you may even think I’m a fool
to be so taken
with such a heavenly body
I can only touch with a camera lens.
Now your intimate photos
of flowers will be next to my moons.moons

PAD Day 12 – Damage Control

Damage Control

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Whistling the tea kettle spits
it’s readiness into blue flames.

Hot water and bubbles breach
high sides of the kitchen sink.

Muddy paws circle the ankles
of the reuniting.

Surrounded by forget-me-nots
a rose petal releases and quivers
at the door as the bouquet slumps.

The ‘Forgive me’ and ‘I’m sorry’ chorus
are the only concerns.

PAD Day 10 – How Lovely

How Lovely

Peale's Venus Rising from the Sea: A Deception  (See it live and unaltered at the Nelson-Atkins Museum)

Peale’s Venus Rising from the Sea: A Deception
(See it live and unaltered at the Nelson-Atkins Museum)

The light that draws the moth to its flame.
Like Peale’s Venus Rising from the Sea:
A Deception. Why are we drawn to it?
The mystery that hides behind the drape.
The anticipation of the vulnerable
being revealed. The recognized
connection of sacrifice and desire.
Between the backdrop and the stage curtain
we understand the unseen as our own grace.

 

Inspired after hearing Liz Rideal speak
at the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

PAD Day 9 – Creating Change, One Cocktail Party at a Time

Creating Change, One Cocktail Party at a Time

(In honor of Steve Metzler)

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Some call it charitable
a few, call it my work.
It’s never done
a real grassroots,
ground up, hands busy
kind of thing. Like a cocktail party
raising funds and awareness.

How do we move on from here?

We take the stage and elevate
We sing our songs
we write our poems
we live our human art with all we’ve got
and honor him.
It is as simple as a smile,
a quarter left in an Aldi’s cart
and tying our coffers to the strings
that open our hearts.

Thank you Steve Metzler for all you have done for Kansas City and the diverse communities that call it home. Your legacy lives on. 

PAD Day 8 – Dare to Care

Dare to Care

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It was on the news again
another kid shot of by a cop
who feared
for his life or of African Decent.
Unfair to say?
Unfair a life is gone and the video plays
over and over.
Again
we bend at this crossroad
is it fear, is it racism?

It was on the news again
another hostage kneeling
at the feet of radical belief.
God or Country
as if they are one in the same.
Unfair to say?
Unfair to hold our breath and watch
over and over.
Again
we bend at this crossroad
is it fear, is it origin?

It was on the news again
this hate we spew
this venom that poisons
filling us will a plague
Unfair to say?
Unfair to hear only one story to lift our day
over and over.
Again
we bend at this crossroad
is this all we will be, if this is all we see?

Dare we could be more than our fears.
Dare we could be greater than where we began.
Dare we could be a headliner of a magnificent niche.

 

In addition to Poem a Day this poem is hanging out with the other poems and poets of dVerseOLN.

PAD Day 7 – The Equation of Love

The Equation of Love

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A conference here, a seminar there
meeting on scientific turf
you recognized the other as a subset
that would make you both whole.
Now oceans no longer divide you,
dreams of planetary travel unite you.
Impossibilities —
now possible, characterize you.

PAD Day 6 – Backyard Philosophers

Backyard Philosophers

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Tree branches act as podiums
they send their thoughts out for all to listen.
Much like their human counterparts
few understand the meaning
but in their trilling we find our reasons to live.