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Tuesday, May 28, 2013


"That you may retain your self-respect, it is better
to displease the people by doing what you know is right,
than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong."
~ William J. H. Boetcker

Destruction 1969

No seat-belt.
No car-seat.
My grandfather’s green four door Ford.
I am not much wiser than five years old. My
nails dig into the leather of the stitched backseat.
The five of us struggle to
out-run a cloudy twister that  pirouettes and
segregates the flat land of the Midwest.
I watch my past turn black out the rear window 
with my sister.
On our knees we pray.
We speed to a cousin’s basement to surrender
to the howling
shivering words of the twirling wind.

We think—the word
       if --
will change
the wrong.

Behind me
the sun breaks through the clouds,
an apparition wakes the rosewood rosary
swaying from the review mirror.
I push fear from my face,
and watch the debris dance on the street.
The earth releases her heated yellow scent.
There is destruction and forlorn.
There is pain where change is torn.

Abolition 2013

An ordinary domesticated cat has a destined fate,
spinning into the tempest of the tornado.
I saw pictures in the newspaper of this pets’ demise.
On intention, feral could arrive, savage
to this plane, some say, there was so much rain
from that tornado.
Here on this planet
a forgotten fragrance, a constant insurrection ,
the temperature of the air
warms the wielded earth.

Her globe releases a scent we all know and
a carnal sound—implores power with
taught vibrato-laden strings--
black gravel flies, green branches break,
tin cans clank, scrap metal dances,
wind displaces a regalia of
broken surrendered homes.
Revolving lives roam
throughout history’s time.

We witness shredded color,
taste impressionistic flavor,
all discriminating to
a conscious cover
of humanities fate.

We feel the
the unsettled destiny--
the cat is black,
nobody wants it.
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  1. interesting....the thoughts from when you were young are so intense and in the moment...and interesting change of pace in the present day piece...

  2. Wonderful stories. A real cliffhanger the first one (despite I knew you made it). I really love poetry that tell stories and stories that are poetic. Yours are both at the same time - smiles

  3. Wonderfully told, Tracy. Yes, there is such a difference between the two poems, because of the eras. The first being through the eyes of a child and the second through the eyes of an adult.


  4. " . .taught vibrato-laden strings--
    black gravel flies, green branches break,
    tin cans clank, scrap metal dances,. . ." powerful images of destructive, writ by one who knows.

    There is always someone who will claim the cat, no matter he is black.


  5. Intense imagery, vivid descriptions, energetic story-telling ...this is a wonderful poem.


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