Winter Snow – Landscape (Photo credit: blmiers2)
Staggering through a maze of words,
The poet gropes for one to fill the emptiness.
Dark skies obscure even shadows.
Monochromatic gray scales the horizon.
Flecks of asphalt sprinkle once-white snow,
heaped in mounds beside the road.
Remembrance of beauty fades, evades.
November dies with dreams of loveliness and magic.
Winter doldrums stagger through a maze of words,
extinguish artistry, ignite loneliness.
Perhaps a bit out of season for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. This is an old poem, edited and posted for dVerse Meeting the Bar where Gay Canon challenges us to write poetry about poetry. I’m late, but there’s still time to join!
Photo: Google Free Images
Overpowering perfume (rose)
lingers, crushes, blends with mold.
Hangers, scattered on the floor,
some padded with purple velour,
once held cashmere sweaters.
The door of the safe is ajar,
as it has been for years,
the combination hidden too well.
Heavy chains of gold entangle
with a strand of perfect pearls
and a locket that holds a black
and white tattered photo
of her youngest daughter
and a dent from a tiny tooth.
Shelves of shoeboxes overflow—
twenty years worth of receipts,
silent witnesses to money tossed
at frivolity. In my memory I hear
angry words hurled in defense
of wanton spending.
Bell bottoms cavort with
shoulder pads. Browns and beige,
no color. No prints. Just tepid tan and
one black knit suit.
I finger the smoothness
of silk and satin, the texture
of brocades and polyester.
In the far corner a cane leans
against a walker.
The week after she died I moved in.
Linked to dVerse Poets’ Pub Meeting the Bar where I’m grateful to be hostess today. “Oh, the places we will go…” I hope to see you there.