Let It Fall

bare

Lay them down, let them slip

From bone-white anxious fingertips –

These pseudo-hues, these not-true-yous,

The ways in which you daily choose

To dress your soul in binary,

Faux your skin in finery;

When fiction’s tarnish falls away,

When forgery is let decay,

Your backbone rises plumb-line strong,

Authentic in its truest song.

So let it fall, remove that shell –

You’re beautiful au naturel.

 

 

 

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Where the Sun Don’t Shine

Stella D'Oro gold

 

Stiff upper lip and thick skin

blocked some of the blows,sure. But

they also blocked something she

needed more than oxygen,

more profoundly than safety,

more urgently than bars.

.

And now that she’s finally

transparent, those places where

her heart is the thinnest let

by far the most sunlight through.

She Hides

ruffed grouse

 

She hides her soul from prying,

pulls invisibility

close, feathered mantle shielding

vulnerable organs. Should

strangers breach her barriers,

happen suddenly upon

her inner sanctum, retreat

protocols dictate complete

withdrawal, complete shut-down.

.

So when she hears her Maker’s

footsteps in the garden, she

freezes, terrified, lest His

x-ray vision spy her here,

naked; not comprehending

a Love without boundaries

or condemnation, she hides.

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This ruffed grouse didn’t understand that I meant her no harm, and beat a fast retreat. Is there a bond between her kind and mine, after all?

Scanner

platycodon.jpg

 

Experience turns her

satellite outward,

scanning,

ever scanning

for anomalies,

places where her

heart might be cut as on

a rusty tin. Adrenalin

on the cusp,

cat-like in its coil,

powers the intake

of data collection

and precludes

any need

whatsoever

to turn the

scanner

inward.

Cracks

fence.jpg

 

He plastered cracks

with thin veneer,

deflected scrutiny

with hollow jokes

.

to laugh the scars

away; but meeting

Love has peeled his

bark’s resources,

.

stripped bare his

polyurethane.

Terror and pleasure

co-mingle in this

.

tango, the steps

of which elude his

balance;  baring

all, he stands naked

.

and shivering, but

for the first time,

cracks are letting

the Light of life in…

 

Break Out

tomatocozy.jpg

 

Panic throws up her

force field and solidifies

resistance to the truth;

denial hardens her

.

tortoise-shell exterior.

Her heart has been spared

in this temporary cocoon,

but greenhouse emissions

.

end up blowing a lot of hot

air, and little else of any

real substance. Her foray

into the real world

.

can’t be put off forever,

or she will stunt in her

space capsule, grow gangly

in her soul’s quest for

.

a fruitful life. She hasn’t

yet tasted sun skin to skin,

or roots flying free, or

she would break out.

 

Let Me In

asparagus.jpg

Serrated plates,

rows of overlapping scales

went out with the disappearance of the dinosaurs,

died on a Medieval joust;

discard the armour.

Little one,

precious child,

let Me in.