Day 21 - 30 Poems in 30 Days

Dream of New York City

Never been to New York City.
Not exactly,
well once, trying to get to Connecticut,
on a freeway we were lost
but Ron said “you’d better look now
‘cause you’ll never come here with me again”.

I thought I “always” wanted to go
be anonymous
on a street of thousands
cloth myself, oh so fashionably,
a pair of red high-heels clicking on the sidewalk.
Wander into the Flatiron Lounge.

Sip a cocktail (or seven) with Kim Cattrall
discuss the pleasure of
an elegant 12th floor apartment,
complete with sex in the city,
my breasts resplendent – no curtains on the widows,
to come to the thrum of a sleepless place.

But, my friend, I’m here,
black Sketcher tennis shoes,
silent on the wooded path,
my favorite jeans, the ones with the hole I patched
(because I’m not ready to give them up)
an iron-on blue star right on the thigh

above where my next tattoo will go.
Reliable denim guards my legs, ankles, genitalia.
I drink from a shaded spring,
talk with the oriole, a big voice tree frog,
gage the board feet of sycamore and beach,
pillow my head on white tipped moss.

I know the twigs and fern
as well as they know me,
listen to the hum of morning as
it sings its earthen chant
into my blood, into the familiar river
into my womb.,

Day 20 - 30 Poems in 30 Days

What This Day Brings

The first Monday
after the first Sunday
after the first full moon
after the vernal equinox.

This day brings
the good china, clean
and stacked on the table
beside iridescent glasses,

folded lace table cloth,
a potted Easter Lily
white as tomorrow,
pure as our memories of the dead.  

Day 19 - 30 Poems in 30 Days

The Banquet of June

By nine-thirty the dew is dry.
He goes out to the green yard,
cuts grass, trims the fence lines
pulls weeds from a flower bed.
But his mind is stays inside
wrapped around a cotton dress
white in the shadowed rooms,
her supple sway
amid morning chores.
her torso
pale as April legs.
At noon she calls him in.
He pauses, kisses three rose buds,
climbs the steps,
opens the screen door
ready again for her feast.