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April 2019

April is here again. I come to this sacred month of poets with little expectation simply because of time constraints. I have undertaken the task of being the voice of our high school baseball team and April will see two home games per week, making for long, killer days. Nonetheless, I will write and post as often as it is possible.

Happy Writing, Y’all! ~Jill

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Human Error

All of our blunders
our scarlet miscalculations
drop like debris,
fuselage plummeting
when Quietus
buys the seat
beside us

Mid-air, my love,
we meet
at last

Immortal blue above
boundless patterns
of geo-green
and brown
beneath

And we are
cast in robes
of amaranthine
In the eternal in-between

 

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The Finale for She & He and for the month of April.  On the 3rd day of National Poetry Month, a narrative began with the poem Quake. As many writers will tell you, it felt like the characters had taken me hostage and bid me write their story, so I spent this past month chained to my laptop in exchange for coffee and the by-line.  If you have not read the story of She & He, feel free to click on the above link to Quake and scroll through the poems.  To those who have been reading throughout the month – many thanks!  ~Jilly

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Flying East / Flying West

Look for the finale of She & He tomorrow, April 30th!  Thank you to those who have followed the Narrative of these two characters through the month of April.  Their story has unfolded in a disjointed sequence as fiction often does.  I have shared it with you as it has been given to me by the voice of these two people.  Their voices come together today with He appearing on the left and She on the right.  Cheers! ~ Jilly 🙂

 

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Note:  Today’s post comes in the form of an image with thanks to my poet husband who saw me go through many struggles in attempting to format in WP.  🙂

She & He #27

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Still It Beat

She nearly bled out on the plane
cursing you
passion
upon passion

Severed the nerves
in white flames
denied the ghost
pain

Wiped her mouth
a thousand times

(still tasted of you)

Stood in the light
of this estranged city
hoping not to see
the night sky

Hugged the buildings
scurried in the shadows
shunning the sun

Razorbacking at the departing
planes
voice lost to the roar(s)

clawing at her chest
(no use)
still it beat

 

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Day 28 of April / National & Global Poetry Writing Month. This is poem #26 in a Narrative Series that I call She&He in which I explore the relationship between two fictional characters.  Their story can be found right here by scrolling back through the month.  We are nearly at the end of this saga; check back in the next couple of days for the finale. Thank you to those who have been reading along with them.  Cheers, Jilly 🙂

She & He #26

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Fight or Flight

You played make believe
(pre)tending like
you love this calm

In real life you stopped
in the middle of
Halstead when
the crosswalk sign changed
to a flashing orange hand

Your blistered feet will insist
on clear music and guts

Splashing your warrior face
in honey wine
strong mead

You carry only
a boarding pass
2 artists’ brushes
one small, clean canvas

clutching a tissue paper flower
in your hand

 

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Day 27 of April / National & Global Poetry Writing Month. This is poem #25 in a Narrative Series that I call She&He in which I explore the relationship between two fictional characters.  Their story can be found right here by scrolling back through the month.  We move toward denouement as the end of April approaches. Thank you to those who have been reading along with them.  Cheers, Jilly 🙂

She & He #25

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Unreject

don’t let your complicated Self-talk
defeat your desire for flagellation

take your hands from your pockets
whip your unseasonable Sins to a blue glow
crash the pearly gates of Doesn’t Matter

you’ll never recover from
the textures of her laugh
or those thunder strokes of Simple

it’s not too hard to unreject

 

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Day 26 of April / National & Global Poetry Writing Month. This is poem #24 in a Narrative Series that I call She&He in which I explore the relationship between two fictional characters.  Their story can be found right here by scrolling back through the month.  They now have just four days in which to wrap up this saga! Thank you to those who have been reading along with them.  Cheers, Jilly 🙂

She & He #24

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Cold Feet

The cold feet
of the masses
marching their
science of waiting
along the river
on that cold hot day
after you spiked
the obvious answers
across the net
that stood
between you
              the point went to No One

Soon you will fall
into their cadence
where nobody knows
the way to the
District of Forget.

               March
                            March
                                         March

 

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Day 25 of April / National & Global Poetry Writing Month. This is the 23rd poem in a Narrative Series that I call She&He in which I explore the relationship between two fictional characters.  Their story can be found right here by scrolling back through the month.  Thank you to those who have been reading along with them.  Cheers, Jilly 🙂

She & He #23

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Sour Embrace

Unasked questions
spread across her face
seeping into and out of
the corners of her eyes

You caught each other
in the act of making
other plans

All that is left
is one long sour
embrace

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Day 24 of April / National & Global Poetry Writing Month. This is the 22nd poem in a Narrative Series that I call She&He in which I explore the relationship between two fictional characters.  Their story can be found right here by scrolling back through the month.  Thank you to those who have been reading along with them.  Cheers, Jilly 🙂

She & He #22

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Collect

she sat on the sidewalk
near your front door
gathering up the fallen
white petals of Impatiens
that grow there

sheltering them in her
hand, you lit them on fire

ignoring your tears
she slept beside you
with her shoes on

she didn’t burn

 

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Day 23

Lillian is hosting at dVerse where we are gathering our thoughts and words, 44 of them, to be exact; writing quadrilles.  Join us!

She & He #21

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You Could

could you try to ignore
the things you know —

spend a lifetime
placing pennies
in the corners
of a round room
turn out the lights
pretend to forget
return each year
expecting them
to be face up

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Day 22 at Glo/NaPoWriMo we are challenged to write a poem using a phrase of impossibility.  

She & He #20