Chronic pain

featured in the poetry forum November 12, 2021  :: 0 comments

When it’s gone,

there’s that moment
you realize

that you no longer
think about it

and sparrows

start writing you
poems again.

editors note:

A sweet surprise, the sparrow’s script. (We welcome Emalisa to our crazy congress of Contributing Poets with this submission. Read more of her madness on her new page – check it out.)- mh clay

Your blue tamborine

featured in the poetry forum August 11, 2021  :: 0 comments

With a mutual penchant for
old timey markets, film noir,
and posthumous tributes to very
dead poets, we’d connected.

Imbibing on moonshine, divinity and
your blue tambourine, we made art in
an all night rococo, rounding the clock.

Then we simultaneously parted, for
reasons, unknown.

The canvas, part empty, mid a quandary
of questioning, brushstrokes and sudden
erasures.

Our poems on the nightstand, glimpse
an etch-a-sketch theater, of our “once
was the time.”

editors note:

When once is not upon but was, remember… – mh clay

this poem’s for you my dear editor (exclusively yours)

featured in the poetry forum May 6, 2021  :: 0 comments

thematic of lovers
at breakup; this one
is hinting, then he comes
in for the kill

this one is fancy
with tight terminology
’bout how it’s determined
who’s in and who’s out

this one is terse, mad,
unforgiving; smashing my
inner child, with barely
a nod of ‘try us another time’

this one is madness on
moonshine; i swear she is wasted
going on with apology, then
offers a rose, fawning over my
poetry, but yet pulls the plug on it

this bitch is mea my culpa on me,
berating how i know not the rules
to dare not submit the trite simultaneous
after she tied up my poem for 3 months

and this one — exclusively yours, my dear editor
thrash it to pieces; please don’t send it back to me.

editors note:

From behind the green curtain, an editor’s process (and a poet’s pique) exposed. – mh clay