Poetry Day #30

Ignorance

Go ahead,

take a bow.

Should we be proud of your insolence?

Your ignorance, and indifference?

We are female.

We are proud.

We will not kneel at your feet.

We will not bend nor break even if we feel weak.

We are women.

We are strong.

We will carry on and be learned.

We will care and tend the weak, for we are steadfast.

Go ahead.

Wear your tie, your cuff links, your pride.

Appreciate how much you make,

if you were us,

you’d understand.

Being one of us is hard,

but, we are strong.

faithful,

loyal,

brave.

We are women,

and you are wrong.

 

 

AN: And that was it folks! Thirty poems in, well, technically less than thirty days because I started late, but I only ended a day late! I have no idea what I’m doing with this now that National Poetry Month is over, but I knew from Day One that I wanted this to be my last poem. It’s probably my favorite one I’ve ever written, and I’m incredibly proud of it.

Poetry Day #29

To the Best Friend I’m Leaving,

We both know we’re going.

Logically, we have to,

but it’s going to be hard,

and we know that too.

 

Our colleges are three hours apart,

close enough to see each other,

but far enough, we have to wonder:

will we make the effort?

 

I’m going to miss you.

I know you’ll miss me.

No one knows me as well as you,

and I don’t really want anyone to.

 

I’ll call you as much as I possibly can,

but we both worry it’ll devolve

into half-hearted texts

and two-second phone calls.

 

I’ll make new friends,

and so will you, but

part of my heart is permanently

labelled with your face and your smile.

 

I’m leaving you.

Let’s face it, and you’re leaving me,

but not behind, never behind,

because we’ll always be in each other’s minds.

Poetry Day #27

Cassandra

She sat in a tower, all alone.

Sure of what’s coming,

but no one can know.

Why won’t they listen?

If they listened, they’d live.

 

Some worldly power kept the flames

from her tower.

Her tears flowed fast enough

to put out the embers, but

that couldn’t bring her people back.

 

She sat in a tower all alone,

knowing what’s coming,

but no one can know.

She can’t fall asleep,

with the laughter coming round.

Poetry Day #26

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Bags packed by the back door,

Mom’s looking around to see if I missed any more.

Dad’s talking quietly,

to my little sister,

she’s clinging to our cat,

and begging me not to go.

 

I have to go though.

It’s time. It’s been time.

I committed in March,

we began prepping in May.

It’s August though.

I’m ready to go.

 

I feel awful leaving like this,

so I kneel down to her, and say:

“You have to be a big girl now,

Mom and Dad need you to be strong,

You can do it. Don’t prove me wrong.”

 

My bags are packed.

I’m ready to go.

Goodbyes have been said.

I’m heading for a tour of deserts and men,

where gunshots will ring in my ears,

and goodbyes may be forever.

So I take it back.

I say, “I love you, and I’ll see you later.”

I don’t want goodbye to be forever.

Poetry Day #25

Hello, Veins

She sees you far too often.

He sees you far too often.

Does she consider him a vampire,

because he has to take blood from her?

Does she understand that

he’s only trying to help her?

There’s no cure for what she has,

but it’s somewhere in her blood.

And he’s the unlucky nurse that

hurts her every day.

When he can see her smile,

and walk freely by herself,

and leave this place behind forever,

it will be worth it,

even if she hates him.

Poetry Day #24

Graceful

He moves,

nearly on the tips of his toes.

His arms reach toward the sky

in curved lines.

His head held high,

his smile soft and cheeky.

His foot points,

and steps onto stage.

Gracefully.

Poetry Day #23

Keep His Dinner Warm

I’ll keep his dinner warm,

while he’s away,

called into work again.

He’ll come home with a

weary expression on a tired face.

He’ll thank me,

and kiss my cheek,

but it didn’t go well,

and he can’t bring himself to eat.

 

He’s always on call.

I am too.

For him, a car crash calls him to work.

For me, a child gets kicked out of home.

 

He’ll get up in the night

to wash his hands again.

There’s no blood on them,

but he can see something.

I wish he’d realize

it’s not his fault.

I bet he wishes

I wouldn’t blame myself

when we fail,

because we both fail sometimes.

We can’t save all of them.

Sometimes, the wounds are too deep.

Sometimes, they waited too long.

Sometimes, they don’t want to live.

Poetry Day #22

Purring

Saturday morning creeps in like fog,

the streaming sunshine suggests it’s later than morning,

a glance at the watch acknowledges it’s noon.

There’s this warm thing at the foot of the bed.

It’s purring, and wriggling,

and now it’s pouncing because a foot moved.

It better be the cat.

Poetry Day #21

Masks

A mask is a different character,

but whose to say it doesn’t reflect on us?

Am I really a different person,

or am I just tapping into myself?

The stage is a different world,

and my costume is my character,

but my character is me.

So what does that say about masks?

Poetry Day #20

The Snowman

The air is cold and bitter,

the windows shake and shiver.

The kids have rosy cheeks,

snow angels left in the ground.

 

…avoid the yellow,

she wants to call.

The dog grins guiltily at her feet.

In a few moments, she’ll call them inside.

For now, let them enjoy their time.

 

AN: I do know it’s no longer April. I forgot to post the rest of my backlog yesterday. So, pretend like it’s still April 30th, and enjoy the eleven poems you’re about to get. Oops?