Monday, February 15, 2021

January Lingers

January Lingers

Dull blue gray lingers upon the horizon
like the neighbors stray farm cat
reluctant to leave in hopes of finding
one more mouse or unwary bird

Gray black fear hovers as covid's effects linger
masks hide expression once exposed
distance kept to calm anxious hearts
intentionality in every action to calm soul

Tracks of snow linger where tires compressed
two ribbons of white remain surrounded by
wet brown sandy loam desperate to drink in
the remaining ribbon tracks

Barren branches linger with a few stubborn leaves
brittle and brown holding on to the past season
reluctant to let go until there is something green
to release themselves into like a bad memory that cycles

Poem 21-030z January Lingers

Monday, February 1, 2021



Interior clutter with years of accumulated debris
all the work to purge years of now useless things
beliefs that no longer produce fruit
branches hang barren and lifeless
no blossom of fruit

Left wondering why clung so tightly to the trunk
what was so comforting about the bark
that pulls off in my grip exposing the deadness

Perhaps it is time to let it go
grieve the loss and enjoy the warmth
burning the trunk and humus brings