Seventeen Poems in One

“Blessed be this union”Italian culture wasTo divinely merge our fleshWe couldn’t help ourselvesWe showered, then sleptI knew it would be our last night The monsterHas fallen over everythingAnd builds up the younger girls Revenge is healing myself better aloneMeAloneWith someone special: Myself TransmuteYou don’t have to be a good writerTo be a successful one Lucky…

I Am What I Eat

Olive oilPepperoncini Pizza stoneBrick fire ovenMozzarella, ParmesanRustic kneaded dough Bell peppersRoasted garlic headsHot sausageAlfredoSister tries my recipeMine is better, though Tasting roomBottled by NapaBalsamicTiny cupsNew boyfriend asks for French breadMy mom thinks he’s weak “Take this shot”She taught me by tenHow to tasteVinaigrette“Baguette’s for babies,” she claimedNot big girls like me Dessert timeTiramisu buzzCannoliGelatoWarm glass…

Yoga and Youth

These young college girlsLook like my best friend and meEighteen years agoThe blonde is absent todayBrunette’s nervous without her Brunette sits by meTimidly, like she’s afraidI look up to smileShe’s just a few years olderThan my own teenage daughter For the past ten weeksI’ve had to remind myselfThese girls aren’t a threatIt’s not their fault…

Chain Verse Haiku

New diamond ringCarrying chest of bubblyBy the icy creek “Eek, don’t bump your head!”He admonishes Mother(Her sight isn’t great) Eating a picnicNick introduces us twoWomen who he loves Vested in marriageAged cheeses on the tableBlessed be this union Written for W3 Prompt #30: Wea’ve Written Weekly. Prompt: Write a chain verse poem using at least…

Crown Shadorma

On the sideShe explains their rulesFormal dressLadies firstPut down checks in front of menNever fraternize Six a.m.I smile at AdamFake a grinMy boss saysI’m lucky to serve rich menI should be grateful I’m gratefulFor Mister BurtonHe holds meBy the handExcessive gratuitySlips in my pockets I’m thankfulFor my coworkerTying stringsRound my waistTo help secure my apronWhile…

In Time

Once I defended myself, you disappearedInto the frosty abyss of betrayalLeaving me to defrost my own icicles We learned wounds could warp timeAll our moments lost in secondsThen seconds slowed into painful eternities Everyone who loves me hates youSome encourage me to seek revengeAll’s fair in love and war Time releases me from your bondI…

Crunching Crimson Confetti

Walking down the street, with half a rainbow of leaves crunching beneath my feet. Can’t get you off of my mind. How could you be so cruel when you promised to be kind? Did I deserve this? Is this all there is? For how long will my heart feel broken? Thoughts of you burn meFoliage…

Redemption

Set me freeI’ll earn a degreeWait and seeI’ll be anAdvocate for guys like mePut my pain to use Can’t wait toHelp societySpread the wordPay my debtI’d love nothing more than toSave someone in need Written for Reena’s Xploration Challenge Form: Shadorma

Down to Stay

Hard to getChase me downDown on my luckDowntown rooftop barBar and small bitesBar set highHigh on 6th floorHigh like you and II feel so prettyI order a lemon dropDrop some acidDrop some money Money for pork bellyMoney for valetValet for $20Valet saves my feetFeet in red suedeFeet in high heelsHeels click quicklyHeels stopStop suddenlyStop for…

Standing Prayer

On my kneesPraying perfectlyHead bowed likeThey taught meIf I get the motions rightI’ll be safe next time On the groundGuess God likes me downTypicalDon’t they allI’m only lovable withLowered self-esteem I can’t breatheWith my voice silencedOppressionBoils my bloodI can’t let life pass me byWithout speaking up New prayerInherent knowledgeListen upTune them outThey’ve monopolized God’s truthLook…