Aunt Pearl

For Kim’s Quadrille prompt over at dVerse. The prompted word is “earth”. The song was one of my Aunt Pearl’s favorites and she taught me how to sing and play it on the guitar when I was 11.  Two versions:  Aunt Pearl’s favorite by Mr. Hopkins and my favorite by Fats Domino

Aunt Pearl
My Great-Aunt Pearl was an earthy woman.
Lush, sensual, nurturing.
She used to play blues on the guitar and sing,
her voice roughened from cigarettes
And scotch.
She taught me to play the guitar.
Black curly hair and sapphire eyes.
A truly beautiful soul.

 

The Skeeter

Today is the Seventh Anniversary of dVerse Poets Pub.  It is Quadrille Monday and a poem of exactly 44 words is required using the prompted word “itch”.  Perfect for summer.  My apologies to Issa. I do not usually write humorous poems but last night, I had a run-in with a mosquito.

The Skeeter
You’re the itch I cannot scratch.
You’re the whine that keeps me awake.
Bitey bitch mosquito
I will hunt you down
And smash you flat.
I am not deaf.
I am not numb.
There you are at the ceiling!
Swat!
Now you are dead.

A Year

A quadrille for Kim’s prompt using the word cycle.  What is a quadrille?  It is a poem of exactly 44 words using the prompted word.  The title is not included in the word count. Exacty a year ago today, my mother died.

A Year
The year cycles through its paces
Summer, fall, winter, spring.
A full year has passed since you died.
Today dawns as it did last year –
warm and sunny,
deceptive in its kindness.
I sit on the back porch
listening to birds singing your name.

mama as a baby

Blue Egg Sky

Kim is prompting us for the Quadrille at dVerse today. What is a quadrille? It is a poetry form unique to dVerse Poets Pub – excluding the title the poem must consist of exactly 44 words and use the prompted word. Kim has given us the delightful word – egg. Come join us.  I am also posting this on Real Toads.

Blue Egg Sky
Blue as the eggs of a blackbird
Or catbird the sky cracked open
and poured out spring.
yellow yolk of sun swirled itself
in the blue – a cracked egg of joy –
these birds lived and sang
and flew up into
white albumen clouds


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Red Moon

Red Moon
Sapper Morton:…”you’ve never seen a miracle.” Bladerunner 2049

I had a vision the other night –
in the blackness of the night
I looked up and saw
a miracle –
Have you ever seen a miracle?

The red moon burns the night sky –
Glowing cinders turn into stars
fading at the light of day

A quadrille for dVerse Poets Pub and for Tuesday Platform over at Real Toads

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Signs of Spring

Today is Quadrille Monday at dVerse Poets Pub. A quadrille is a form unique to dVerse – exactly 44 words excluding the title and including a word at the choice of the Pub Host. Today the word is “murmur”. Come join us as De Jackson (Whimsy Gizmo) is our host today.

Sign of Spring
The sky looks sad today –
spits of rain
clouds over all.
wandering about the yard
I look at the sodden lawn.
I walk over to the flowering quince
and see tiny tight red buds
all over the black branches.
Behold! A murmur of spring.

copyright kanzensakura

Leaf Hagaki

Today is Quadrille Monday at dVerse.  What is a Quadrille?  It is a form unique to dVerse Poets pub consisting of exactly 44 words (excluding the title) and the chosen word.  Today Victoria is in charge of the Pub and has given us the word “poem” or variants of the word.  Come join us for these lovely short poems.

public domain image

Leaf Hagaki*
I carefully prick one word poems
on fallen leaves, letting the wind
take them where it will –
Postcards of joy, love, tolerance, hope.
I don’t expect a reply
but I let them loose anyway.
The silence between the falling of the leaves
is deafening.

* hagaki – Japanese for fragments of writing or postcards

 

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