LESSONS LEARNED

 

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BROKEN HEARTS

 

Valentine's Day

the best day of all,

hearts and colored paper,

glitter and paint,

frenzied expectation,

a promise of cupcakes & cookies AND candy,

on the very same day.

A special valentine,

made for a special friend,

not one from the store,

one filled with a wish,

a spark of something,

not understood,

but felt.

He did not,

but tossed it with

the store ones, 

and left her for

a cupcake. 

 

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EARTH ART

The wonder of the world,

magical even.

A moment:

dew on a blade,

ant across a rock,

warm soil,

hands squeezing grass,

fingers tracing dirt,

distracted by

movement of leaves,

dancing light.

Pencil to page,

eyes to mind,

mind to heart.

They see it.

The wonder of the world.

 

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HOUSE OF STRAW

The mask

makes it bearable.

That which

wishes to be hidden.

The family torn,

the family which is 

different,

the family which is no more. 

The hollow noise of adults

convincing 

themselves its for the best.

"Nothing will change."

We are still a family?

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PRETEND IS REAL

She sees herself,

not quite sure,

Is she pretty?

Too young yet,

for 

self doubt,

to answer that question.

Her mother can't be trusted,

to tell 

the truth.

Someday . . .

she'll know 

the difference

between

pretty 

and 

beautiful.

I give her a paintbrush

and the biggest paper

I can find

and tell her to paint,

to fill the page

with her dreams.

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DRAGON GIRL

 

The slightest tremble

of her hand,

first day jitters?

More, much more.

She wears disquietude.

A hesitation,

just one step ahead

of 

collapse.

Shadow girl,

dark secrets unfurl, 

for all to see.

The worst has happened,

and it is over,

for now, 

uncertainty in its wake.

He is in prison.

A steady hand,

She wears her unease,

accessorized with hope,

a slow and steady pulsation,

gathering strength, confidence.

An imagining of a different present,

a future.