Saturday, January 29, 2011

Learning Early

This week's Big Tent Poetry prompt asked us to use a photo (that we did not take) as inspiration. Check out this great picture on flickr of a baby girl chewing on a Ken doll. I used it as my inspiration.

The girl who cuts her teeth on Ken
Develops no illusions about boys
Who would be men
She starts out right, unafraid
To break a little skin
She laces up and goes solo during couples skate
She takes herself to the prom and doesn’t wait
For anyone to ask her
She doesn’t dot her i's with flowers
She doesn't want to make the squad
She’s the girl
Who reads
By herself
In the middle
Of the quad

Saturday, January 22, 2011


It is a full moon on the plate
Pulling my tides
Striking the balance between
Substance and light
My fork pierces it easily
But does not slide through it frivolously
And once in my mouth
It does everything right
Believe me
It feels so good
To swallow the moon

This week's prompt at Big Tent Poetry asked us to write about food...

Saturday, January 8, 2011


This week's prompt at Big Tent Poetry asked us to write about feet...
When my path is dry
And cracked with worry
You bend and pour yourself out
Make everything soft and green
And while you’re down there
You laugh
At my funny feet
And that
Is why
I love you

Sunday, January 2, 2011


January terrifies
stares me down
like a blank Word document
demanding my attention
and when I finally give in
I see my future filling up the page
and all my words are underlined
with red and green
mean squiggly lines