Copper Penny by the River
Silently, as clouds pass by a full born moon,
as if covering up the rusty hands upon her breast
that have flaunted feminity for thousands of years
Yet, of course, the man was obscure, in yellow pain.
Why does the sun ignore his sister in such violent pain?
Not because rain is due but only from the storms lying along
the African coast predicting havoc along its way.
Alas, it shines from moonbeams escaping the gaping grasp
A penny by the sea is worth what, these desperate days?
I, repeat again.
Black and White
Black eye……..white eye
of the black service dog.
Lying patiently, paws crossed.
panting in the heat.
The ancient, grizzled, wrinkled old, once, white man,
sits silenty on the bench.
Suddenly a ricocheting subway car comes along,
they’re up, bound together.
Trudging along in tandem to the opening door,
shuffling with tails wagging.
Picture in a Box
I’ll be a picture in a box
Under an old, discovered bible in a drawer in disarray.
Faded in gray and darkened white.
A smile, today, as I think of that time to come
When a curious grandchild explores grandpaw’s “things,"
Days after I’ve have gone astray or wherever.
Sweep the floor
Oh, that’s an
Until the cord
Finds the corner of the expensive
Gold bronze coffee
A yank, no good
Be extraordinarily careful
Until you stumble over the clothes basket you
Left in the middle of the hallway
Before tripping over the most expensive
Flower pot holding the rare Eucalyptus
As you drop the phone
Before, you ask why has she called again, she goes on
To remind you to be careful of her things and to take out the turkey
From the freezer which you dutifully had done earlier
As you look over to see water melting and running into the top drawer
On to her store coupons she saves so dutifully
What can you do now to thusly save your marriage from these
Entanglements you constantly create yourself.
Just me being me, oh yeah!
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