Lives To Be Lived

Lives To Be Lived short poem

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light frosting her lenses
strobing as traffic flits by
craziness of a zombie snail
flashing visions of worlds
as yet unbuilt

just a woman
dressed for winter
striding proud in knee-length boots
could be anyone
then she’s gone

these rapid flirtations
both diary and history
like dropping a tungsten ball bearing
into a pan of colored sand
then recording the chaos

medical student
daughter of doctors
has long felt the clutch
of arthritis wadded in her joints
knows she’ll never hold a scalpel

she wants to feel a baby
grow inside her
to lose her own life and purpose
to a helpless parasite
become queen of brown

early mornings full of the smell
of milk and infant scalp
sharing warmth
spinning out quilted dreams
that always end in success

there’s a screech in the coffee shop
the grinder locked its jaw
on some foreign object
something it either can’t process
or can’t believe to be present

a cloud covers the sun
and a cold snake ropes
the patrons together
the herald of evening as rain
moves in with the promise of sleep

I have lost the scent
of the sun-eyed woman
and must leave her miracle baby unborn
I’m headed home to my own mysteries
will I ever sleep with my lover again

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a poet from Seattle Washington USA. His poetry has appeared in print in publications such as Bellowing Ark, Point Nopoint, and most recently in Contraposition magazine. When not writing poetry he is a Human Resources professional, a repentant glutton, and a novelist specializing in the weird-fiction genre.
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