MJ blathers

dark poet who loves to laugh


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axiomatic

if a given road
goes by two names
one with adorn
the local signs
the other
will be on the GPS
list of directions

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little racket man

(a pantoum)

sweaty little racket man
tow-head bright in the sun
kicking down others’ castles in the sand
calling names meant to hurt

tow-head bright in the sun
you listen, but do not hear
calling names meant to hurt
sleep now, please, little destroyer

you listen, but do not hear
kicking down others’ castles in the sand
sleep now, please, little destroyer
sweaty little racket man


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our hole in their road

“You can’t”
we tell kids
handing them limits
that may well not be theirs
they hear
and define themselves
by our fears

only their courage pulls them
out of narrow confines
we drew for them

may we draw courage
to frame our warnings
positively
to give foundations
rather than holes
in the road


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reconciliation

(with thanks to McClaren)

thin paper, bending
under the pros on one side
and cons on the other
her family torn
each sure he is right
sure she is wrong
or the other way around
she can't keep track
but none of that matters
only the sharp words
and turning of strong
backs on each other
she cringes, hearing
anger instead of love
accusations rather than support

quietly turning the paper from
one side to the other
trying with all that
is in her
to find a way for
all the family to win
to change the dynamic
from one and another
to one another


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forgiven

the surer i am that i am right
the more likely i am
to be making an ass
of myself

i know that
have proven it to myself
how many times
yet need again to call to apologize

implacable, growing hot between my long ears
should signal me that i’m at it again
but doesn’t always
and yet

how often and often
in the coolness of later
family and friends will smile-tolerantly
and tell me i speak a fine bray


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knitting life (a pantoum)

insert needle tip, wind yarn
draw loop through to interlock
slide to opposite needle
create whole, a stitch at a time

draw loop through to interlock
work without looking
create whole, a stitch at a time
without seeing consequences

work without looking
slide to opposite needle
without seeing consequences
insert needle, wind yarn