Scale

I’m not a professional
but I can tell you a heart
beats asymmetrically
beats per second is
universal whatever
moves one weighs more or less
heavily depending on
the volume whatever
system you choose longing can
only be measured by an
absence of what you don’t have
metric or imperial
it truly doesn’t matter
whether it’s odd or even

PAD 2017 day 29 (metric)

Weird, Little Poem

She winced when her brain cracked.
What felt and looked like a pest scrambled
out of that fragile egg–
hiccuping and squirmy,
a pupa of a poem
rambling mostly nonsense.
But she saw potential for an odd beauty.
So she festooned the pathetic thing
with a bit of alliteration here,
a metaphor there.
Thus adorned and adored, the hopeful mama
whispered, “Be a butterfly.”
Readers watched it grow,
metamorphosize
before their very eyes.

PAD 2017 Day 27 (pest, crack, ramble, hiccup, wince, festoon)

The North Wind and the Sun

Sun asked North Wind, Hey,
wanna make a bet?
Word, said Wind.
Well, just check out that dude in the coat.
Bet you can’t make him take it off
faster than me.
Fffttt.Watch this.
So Wind started blowing, just a little
at first. No big deal,
but the guy buttoned up
his coat. So he blew harder.
But the dude, we’ll call him Steve,
put up his collar, shoved his hands
in his pockets, and actually leaned
into Wind. Mad now,
Wind let him have it.
Dust stung Steve’s eyes, so
he pulled down his hat, tucked
his hands under his arms, hugging
his coat even closer.

All done? Sun asked sweetly.
Wind huffed and panted, but
grudgingly gave over.
Sun started grinning,
gently warming the now chilled Steve.
You know what happened next, right?
Steve relaxed, dropped his hands,
put down his collar,
even undid a button or two.
Rubbing her hands together,
Sun really smiled now.
Steve unbuttoned the rest.
Sun laughed.
You know what good ol’ Steve did,
right? Took off his coat, slung it
over his shoulder, even started whistling
as he continued walking,
practically skipping,
on down the road.

Moral?
Make a man think it’s his idea,
and he’ll do whatever you want.

PAD 2017 Day 22 (Fables)

Ticket, A Blackout Poem

Yes,
Leaders
uniquely challenging
ticket,
political
country
upset
whole nation.
regardless
administration.
if we’re
being honest,
American Christians.
we must
pray
pray
pray for
prayer
passes
pray engaged, listen
ultimately seek
pray wisdom
pray
protection
pray
necessary, repentance
per se
create
impact
Real
vulnerable
special place
words,
be courageous and
faithful
speak truth to power.
spirit, pray
hearts
reflect
God. Pray
womb to tomb;
refugees
suffered
compel
hearts
pray for ourselves
be
neither
Democrat nor Republican.
transcend
human boxes.
study
community
affirmation
and correction
not
seduced by power.
Begin Love
Seek
mercy.
Seek justice. Walk humbly.
Yes, we should pray.

PAD 2017 Day 21 (object)

Ticket, A Found Poem

Yes,
Leaders
uniquely challenging
ticket,
political
country
upset
whole nation.
regardless
administration.
if we’re
being honest,
American Christians.
we must
pray
pray
pray for
prayer
passes
pray engaged, listen
ultimately seek
pray wisdom
pray
protection
pray
necessary, repentance
per se
create
impact
Real
vulnerable
special place
words,
be courageous and
faithful
speak truth to power.
spirit, pray
hearts
reflect
God. Pray
womb to tomb;
refugees
suffered
compel
hearts
pray for ourselves
be
neither
Democrat nor Republican.
transcend
human boxes.
study
community
affirmation
and correction
not
seduced by power.
Begin Love
Seek
mercy.
Seek justice. Walk humbly.
Yes, we should pray.

PAD 2017 Day 21 (thing)