Monday, May 28, 2012

Back To Start

In die Unendlichkeit oder In die Ewigkeit hinein bzw. Frauen in Landschaft, Paul Schad Rossa
Public Domain USA


youth dampens
the sharp edge of wisdom
libido trailing
the nuanced curve of time
     back to start

wisdom erased
erased by the onionskin membrane
of ganglia
worn to transparency
by the curvilinear
notion of time
     back to start

each membrane sloughed off
slowly
inexorably
down to nub
     back to start


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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Shining Failures




I dreamt about my failures last night
lined them up
like tin cans on a fence
shining in the sunlight
gleaming
like a set of new pennies
there were so many of them
that my eye couldn’t
really take stock
of a beginning or ending to them
and as I watched them
still and gleaming
I thought about
my willingness to try again
the thought timid and slim
each time
so I packed away each failure
carefully placing a modicum
of success on top,
its shimmer
the last thing I see before I close the lid.

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Butterfly Bandages

Carl Spitzweg, Der Schmetterlingsj├Ąger


Paint shut my wound
with butterfly bandages
of pinks and blues and greens
to cheer the unwary
as they land
each in an appointed spot.
Stretch and pivot.
Stretch and pivot
shut.
I look down at the hole
where my heart was,
now covered in flutters
and wonder why.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Pulchritude Sates


  Akjiwani, Wikimedia Commons

 




Pulchritude sates,

shiny as a silver dollar,

untouched by hand,

spit-shined,




Peremptory in nature

eclipsing the view.



Hormones engage

and fantasies light fires,

a way to dreams of defilement

burnished by waxy spit.


Yes, pulchritude sates,

and defilement deafens

as we reach

to touch its essence.






copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012




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