BRAVE

When you rise, wipe your eyes, feed your kids, drop them to school, when sleep is what you crave, to curl up in a grave, where no sound can reach, no hurt can breach, and nothing is nothing but blissful, painless sleep, there's no bill unpaid  and you're holding no-one back, because you look worn…Read more BRAVE

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I Have Answers

, cornucopia of images, deluge of thoughts, economy of words

O at the Edges

I Have Answers

But the questions remain.

A little pepper, some salt,
butter. Our rosemary needs pruning
and the music’s too loud

to hear. The lizard basks in sunlight
eight minutes old, but I forget to ask

what else we need. Or want. Just this,
she says. Red, like your favorite sky,

the in-between, the misplaced one.

“I Have Answers” is included inFrom Every Moment a Second, which will be published by Finishing Line Press this fall. The publisher has informed me that the publication date has been pushed back five weeks, which suggests a mid-November release.

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