Monday, April 23, 2018

Sorry, Merriam-Webster, but “Polka” is a Verb

Sorry, Merriam-Webster, but
“Polka” is a Verb


In our household
Sunday morning radio
was often a mass
(the only church
my father attended)

followed (always)
by an energetic
polka band
(the only dance
my mother loved)

and anyone
(Dad, yes, but also
every one
entering the kitchen
at the appropriate time)

was caught up
in an impromptu
laughing-twirl
across the kitchen floor.
“Come polka with me!”

I’m certain
(wherever they are)
she’s still laughing
as she polkas with Dad
(or anyone she can catch)

PSC / 2018




 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Dicentra spectabilis

photo by PSC / 2014

Dicentra spectabilis

Her heart bleeds

for the children
whose lives are cut short
for the parents
who lost them,
and the ones
who still will

for the families
who fear for their lives
and their homes
who have nowhere to run
and no one willing
to take them in

for the ones
who are different
bullied, badgered, beaten,
and treated as less
by their peers
and the law

for those
whose voices linger
unheard, ignored,
unheeded, disbelieved
despite the truth
of their words

May she ever endure
may she rise
and bloom still
persisting
so long as she can

so she will

PSC / 2018




 

“Danger-Us”

“Danger-Us”

Some couples
are better as singles –
fine alone
but a terrible mix;
a toxic combination
that nothing
and no one can fix

These duos should
come with a warning –
something candid,
straightforward, no fuss.
Succinct & matching
t-shirts, mayhap,
that simply say:
“Danger-Us”

PSC / 2018

 

 


Saturday, April 21, 2018

A Suicide Footnote


A Suicide Footnote

He was never meant
to weather summer’s fire
her own heart’s desire,
the perfect child, who
upon his inadvertent passing
left her feeling
only wholly alone

And she wouldn’t,
couldn’t endure that pain,
so devised an anguished plan
guaranteed to succeed

But, before she departed
she gave me a gift
(a bittersweet knelling):
you and I, laughing –
an old memory of hers,
made mine
with the telling



PSC / 2018