Neverland’s Shore

sunlit daylily

 

Only in the Shadowlands,

that vaguely recalled dream-world

which disappears without trace

upon awakening to

the feel of flannelette stamped

on skin, the lunches to pack,

the chaos to realign –

only in her fantasies

does he hold her like this, arms

cradling her curves, head leaning

in hungry. She’ll function with

smiles through meetings and play-dates

and meal-plans and lists, but when

the shadows grow long and sleep

sings its lullabies, her heart

will wander barefoot that well-

worn path to Neverland’s shore.

 

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What She Saw

frilly daylily

 

A daylily, ruffled and still

with folds of fresh linen (freshly

made bed) soaking up sunshine on

laundry-day line. She paused there, caught

helplessly on its anthers, struck

by the glory that withered while

she watched. ‘Why bother?’ she asked no

one in particular. Leaning

in, she traced the petticoats, breathed

deep of Arabian nights, veiled

virgins dancing on memory’s

edge. Eloquence beckoned on pale

finger with nail painted purple,

folding to hide philosopher’s

stone. Time passed. Conquerors and kings

and sleeping beauties, history

and fantasy, who she could be

in the morrow swayed and unfurled

in complex rhythms and secret

whispers. Her back straightened, rigid

barrier, and, closing her eyes,

she walked blindly back to the house.

 

If the Shoe Fits

ladyslipper.jpg

 

If the shoe fits,

step into your

dreams, where

Cinderella’s carriage

is drawn by

ingenuity, not

horse-power,

passion, not

pumpkins,

determination,

not fairy dust.

 

 

Following Suit

firstflower.jpg

What makes you

dare to bloom after

one day of

sunshine

when you’ve been

in prison for

so long?

Will you bottle

whatever runs in

audacity’s veins

so I

may follow

 suit?

Jet-Stream

sunsetbins

Jet-stream, sail into the sunset,

fly my dreams to hidden clouds;

take these broken pieces with you,

bury them in umber shrouds.

Soar past bands of razor-memories,

slice through liquid gold refined;

find a place where happy endings

leave the hounds of hell behind.

Magic Snow-Globe

delphinium seed head

Window to a netherworld,

a looking-glass of white;

crisply permed and freshly curled,

a monochrome delight.

Wait upon the windowsill

for handsome Prince and horse;

magic snow-globe, if you will,

please whisk me to your source.