At the moment I'm working on a Poem-a-Day challenge for July--which I won't share with you just now. Any non-PAD poems will come here. :)
The heart of any marriage is true loveBut divorce attests the lie of true love.
Asingle dry rose is all that remains
Wedding rings symbolize promises madeLest any threat trade the fake for true love.
If a man search for meaning all his days,His quest is sure to fail short of true love.
Darlene my darling, God’s lullaby,Calls me the apple of His eye, true love.
Memories fade, unless she glides through dreamsA wisp of smoke, no warmer than a dream.
Grief sets its own timetable, yesteryearJoins with today in the sphere of my dreams.
A stranger’s profile, a grandchild’s smile, bothDirect me through the aisles that store my dreams.
A meal with lemon pie and crisp hash brownsSits me down at the table of my dreams
In heaven, to dance and play, foreverAlive, never glum, a realized dream.
The sight, the sound, the smell of you only
Tease me with the spree that awaits, no dream.
Dearest Jolene, both too close and too farAt the bar with the mirror of my dreams.
PRICE OF BEAUTYBeauty crowds me till I die
Sucking my breath with
Sloughing off my skin in
Pursuit of summer sun
Cacophony of judgment
Stills the voice of my drum
Until a single word cracks
The dam, releasing fear
The pursuit of beauty squashes me,
Flattening, crushing, draining me
Till I die inside, leaving
Only a brittle outer shell
Darlene Franklin ©2014
THE CAT IN THE BOX
Never a box a catDoes not love, nor a
Bag left unexplored
Measure for green light
Head first, paws on springs
Legs hugging body
As snug as bird’s wings
Dangling tail swishesWarning to leave alone
Or face his claws in war
Backing out, his wish
demands more comfort
Legs first, not too squished
around him, tail swings
In box, cat is king
THROW OUT THE BOX
Hand-painted box fortFelled by driving rain
Questions the standard
PVC pipe and
Thinks outside the box
Creates something new
The Man Upstairs andThe Good Book both speak
Casual truth, facts
Made from cardboard, pricked
And torn, thrown around
Easy to replace
Throw out inept box
Nothing contains God