Look Ma! I got My Jaw Pierced

bone hollowed

sensation reduced to pressure

breath stopped

only for a moment

strange fingers press nostrils shut

quickly, quickly now

flaring again

smooth metal flattens

as its smaller twin does

a few inches away

and done

 

 

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Today’s Delight

small victories

insightful conversation

joy in motion

the help of strangers, unbeknownst to them

sadness at a future loss, with time to still enjoy

taking the hard way home

surprise jazz

wonderful folks

the long runs of salmon, treading a ladder

peach lavender scone

rainier cherries and fresh blueberries

so much sunshine

enough breeze to warrant sleeves

afternoon hunger

a plan for the future

Letting Go of Intensity

I am the fire

I am the raging sea

but really all I want

is to sit calmly drinking tea.

 

I am the warrior

I am the Goddess

but really all I need

is a life quiet and modest.

 

I am the poet

I am the muse

but really what I crave

is a way to solve problems presented in the news.

 

Calm your fears, open your ears, sing of love, strike a balance.