RESPECT, LOVE, PURPLE FLOWERS

featured in the poetry forum July 20, 2017  :: 0 comments

I kneel in gravel, no tears, just
fascinated with six tiny purple petals
poking through light snow. I don’t know
their name. I have arrived
here limping through decades of searing
masculine entitlement and much
benevolent contempt. Six tiny petals
like sunbeams, like foxes, like stars,
reminding meβ€”I need no respect, no
love to exist. My splendid body,
like a purple flower, does its miraculous
thing, even as my soul limps on
in disbelief, knowing how
lovely it would have been to dance.

editors note:

Can’t steal the shine from the stars we are; we CAN dance. – mh clay

THIS POEM WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

featured in the poetry forum December 27, 2016  :: 0 comments

It will β€” you did look, didn’t you? β€”
remind you of your dreams. It will
remind you the world owes you nothing
and you owe nothing in return. Life is
a gift, not a duty; it glides like a river
that doesn’t carve canyons for love. No
deference, no duty, no obedience.
It will remind you of your skin and how
it shelters dreams and bones. How beautiful
you are, exuberant when someone
unexpected crosses your path, a lizard,
a hawk, a lover, and you know even God
isn’t God in order to be loved. You can
breathe now. There are waterfalls
you yearn for you will likely never see,
and dances you will likely never dance
again, though they were dazzling and
perhaps still are in someone else’s bones.
But if you get up early in late summer
you may already find winter’s beloved
Orion in the eastern sky. You are enough
to make things happen.

editors note:

Yes! Orion floats above us, the coming year is full of hope. Yes! – mh clay

OF FOXES AND BEGGARS

featured in the poetry forum May 31, 2016  :: 0 comments

How come
I’m tempted to run
out and buy meat to deliver
to a hungry fox,
yet I don’t want to give
spare change to a man
asking for it
by the Lutheran church?

editors note:

Maybe we’re confused. Isn’t it, “Do unto foxes as you would have foxes do…” or was it something else? – mh clay

ENOUGH

featured in the poetry forum October 8, 2015  :: 1 comment

I live
therefore
I am

good enough.

editors note:

Good enough for me, too! What do you think of that, Renee? (With this submission we welcome Beate into our crazy conclave of Contributing Poets. Read more of her madness on her new page – check it out.) – mh clay

PURPOSE

July 15, 2015  :: 0 comments

What is the purpose
of a polar bear?

Exactly.

And that is my purpose
as well.

editors note:

Yes, exactly! – mh clay

BEAUTY

featured in the poetry forum February 5, 2015  :: 0 comments

If it were
a green stone,
I would pick it
up for its beauty.
It was wadded
up chewing gum.

I passed.

editors note:

Chew on this… :) – mh

BEAUTY

February 5, 2015  :: 0 comments

If it were
a green stone,
I would pick it
up for its beauty.
It was wadded
up chewing gum.

I passed.

editors note:

Chew on this… :) – mh clay