one poem and three haikus

i. I am/not my body

it is me and I am it

but I am more

and less.

I am flesh and bone

and blood

AND

heart and soul

and mind.

I think,

therefore I am,

I breathe,

therefore I think,

or

I think,

therefore I breathe.

I am hips

and breasts

and thighs

and labia.

I am loves

and hopes

and hatred

and fear.

I am

but I am not.

I am

also/and

not

either/or.

 

I am/not my body;

I am so much more.

 

ii.

my mind is a cage

of monkeys, rattling

against my skull.

***

winter snaps in half,

parting to make way for

the stems of spring.

***

night ticks around me,

still but for the relentless

passage of time.

 

 

 

 

Which is your favorite? I think mine is #2.

one poem and three haikus

Poem: The Fall Fade

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Already, autumn has come to claim the year.

I’m trying to force these rhymes

to illuminate these grey-washed streets

and the ache in my chest at the death of summer.

The slow fade of the childish glee of sun-soaked

days and languid nights, of all the time in the world

to do whatever we please. Autumn heralds crisp winds,

shorter days, the contracting of time and the slowing

of my blood, preparation for a long hibernation.

I love the sparkle of fresh fallen snow, the deep, sweet

comfort of being warm indoors while frost steals over

the world outside, the crack of a fire, and the rest

for my bones, but I long to be alive, and part of me

fears the deep stillness of winter. It fears that I will never

wake up. So I walk these damp fall streets with wistfulness

and joy and not a little bit of dread.

Poem: The Fall Fade