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stalling

I’m pretending that I can’t see the slow
tick
of time
as I type the first words I have written in years
is it years?
have I waited that long?
how long did I ignore that steady
slow
tick
of time
as I let other things
take
my hands.

» Posted By Beebee On 06.06.2014 @ 8:25 pm

cook

She is cheerful in a miserable place
her cheeks are round in a friendly face and
she is warm and kind like ovens standing on iron legs

she holds you with her hands that have kneaded bread
needed you to tell her that you loved her
like the mother that you’ve never had

did you?

» Posted By Beebee On 12.02.2012 @ 8:45 am

nourish

Her mother’s breast millk
pouring into an open mouth
salty and sweet
pure

full of nutrients needed for a healthy mind to grow
and grow
and grow

until there is another mother
and another baby
nature vs. nuture
so clearly at work

nourishing.

» Posted By Beebee On 04.12.2012 @ 8:56 pm

beckon

His voice beckons me in that taunting tone of his, the one constantly questioning my judgement. “Crystal! Crystal….come on now you can’t be serious.” But I am. I am, I am dead serious.

» Posted By BeeBee On 12.10.2011 @ 3:31 pm

advice

“I need some advice, Joanne…I’m begging you.” I glare at him haughtily. “How dare you? You have some incredible nerve to come here and ask me for help, ME, of all people, I was there for you when you lost everything, you know that? How do you repay me Mike, how?” His eyes dropped down defeatedly. It put a smile on my face.

» Posted By BeeBee On 10.16.2011 @ 7:13 am

conviction

“You have an awful lot of conviction about this. ” I nodded, silently biting my lip. “I’m ready this time, I swear Josh.” He took my hands in his own and rubbed little circles on the inside of palms distractedly. “I don’t know Babe..”

» Posted By BeeBee On 10.12.2011 @ 5:22 am

pouch

I curl inside the warmth of you
hidden within the maternal fold
waiting for that one moment

when I shall see light for the first time
and take my first shaking steps
tasting air

and leaping in it
and bounding with newfound exertion.

» Posted By Beebee On 09.16.2011 @ 2:33 pm

insect

It moves beneath your notice
underfoot

with little legs that move independently
though its mind is that of the hive

moving as one
merely one dancer in a single troupe.

To gather food
to kill its prey

they’re all the same
and yet

different.

» Posted By Beebee On 09.06.2011 @ 3:13 pm

ant

It moves in hazy crazy lines
with no pattern to them but the faintest scents
and finds its way and winds its way to the sugar food it loves
and carries the burden on its back to its queen

not the queen it loves, but the queen its forced to serve beneath the iron will of the colony.

» Posted By Beebee On 09.05.2011 @ 4:44 pm

skeleton

A pile of bones
not quite bleached
still with the trappings of sinew and bone

behind the white picket fence
under the fertilized roses and orchids
but not the wildflowers
they don’t belong in the garden

she was a wildflower
too wild for this woman
who stabbed her with a spade
under the roses

her fertilizer is all-natural, she says.

» Posted By Beebee On 07.23.2011 @ 2:12 pm

ticket

When I was young, my daddy would play
the Beatles music, soft and bouncy
like the sheets that were tents
under glow-in-the-dark sticker stars.

“She’s gotta ticket to ride
but she don’t care!”
they sang

and I didn’t understand,
not then.

» Posted By Beebee On 07.22.2011 @ 7:47 pm

She grasped the slim piece of paper in her hand, worrying it between her fingers, twisting it. Her future was there – so close. Just one step and she’d be out of this cow town, to the city and lights and freedom and smog.

She turned to him and buried her face in his shirt. “I can’t go.”

» Posted By Beebee On 07.22.2011 @ 7:45 pm

sticks

Sticks and stone may break my bones
but words will never hurt me

except they do.

They break your soul and crush it into dust
beneath the endless volley of rocks

stoning

and the abject horror of a person
left alone in the cold

defenseless.

» Posted By Beebee On 07.17.2011 @ 3:22 pm

cigarette

Your breath
harsh with the smell of smoke
curls in tendrils through my lungs

and I hate that smell
and I’m scared of you
and though the scent unlocks memories of condominiums and easy chairs

I cannot like you for what you breathe.

» Posted By Beebee On 07.16.2011 @ 1:01 pm

etiquette

One speaks in the first person
without pronouns

and one does not drop
the mask of perfection
not even for a moment

and never does one
kilt up one’s skirts, kick up one’s heels
and run through sunlit fields, hair flowing, skin glowing
in a thoroughly unladylike manner.

» Posted By Beebee On 07.13.2011 @ 4:20 pm

plague

First, there was a cough.
Then, a slight fever.
Then the blueish cast to the skin, the greenish pus, and then the violent convulsions and bleeding from every orifice.

Death was a blessing at that point, for if you survived, you did not live. You merely existed, wandering with unseeing eyes, unfeeling hands, and a brain unable to process the horror of the bodies around you.

» Posted By Beebee On 07.12.2011 @ 1:57 pm

expecting

She stares at the small stick
hoping
and yet fearing.

She knows what would happen if she placed it beneath her
here, while he sleeps in the next bed
after a night like many nights

which is why she is here in the first place.

She fears
and yet she hopes
and, thinking of painted walls and mobiles,

she begins.

» Posted By Beebee On 07.09.2011 @ 11:31 am

maroon

They say
no man is an island
and how right they are.

The sailors had the right idea:
they know all too well the need for contact
the reaffirmation of existence

and so when they, who were alone already
abandoned to the wilds of storms
and who knew the touch of lashes and the fear of keelhauls
left someone alone

to live or die without existence
they knew the torture it would be
and that no better punishment could be devised.

» Posted By Beebee On 07.07.2011 @ 3:16 pm

A color
preferable to red

the garish sight of blood
the brightly painted lanterns.

Who wants to see that harsh color
so gaudy for such a scene

when maroon is a deeper, mature glow
with darkness in its passion
and moonlight in its shadows

no over-cheery cherry red here
just maroon.

» Posted By Beebee On 07.07.2011 @ 3:11 pm

stem

It starts as a single line
and from that line
it branches:

a leaf
a lake
a lineage

each one from an origin
each one from the same root.

» Posted By Beebee On 07.05.2011 @ 4:45 pm

assisted

He took me by the hand
and with his hands he touched me.

And though I do not love him
nor did love him
he helped me

because he made me see that there was more to life
than living separated by cloth and glass
and let me love you

love you more fully
and more completely
than I have ever done before.

» Posted By Beebee On 07.04.2011 @ 11:48 am

honest

If you want my honest opinion
the truth sucks.

Who wants to know their deepest flaws
their untold scars
their histories and their blood and tears
and have their soul

bared to the knife of daylight

that’s what the truth is

because lies are thin protection
against the cold of honesty.

» Posted By Beebee On 06.30.2011 @ 9:43 pm

wade

Wade
wade in the water, children.

try not to drown, children,
though the water is only ankle
knee
thigh high

and now to your waist
but keep wading
to your neck
but keep wading
until it is over your head

drowning is never sudden
but done slowly
in degrees.

» Posted By Beebee On 06.29.2011 @ 12:15 pm

crush

I see you
and my heart
it hurts

like a magnet is embedded in my chest
and you are north and I am south
two poles

and I know that soon
I will forget you
and linger after someone else’s face

but maybe
maybe this time you will be my south and I your north
and we can cling together
heart to heart.

» Posted By Beebee On 06.28.2011 @ 2:18 pm

lust

I feel your hand
warm and soft
in secret places

and though it is only imagination
and only my hand

I can’t help but see your body
your slender, supple poise
but never your face

your face is merely a shadow
a shadow that will not disperse
until my lust is no more lust

but love.

» Posted By Beebee On 06.27.2011 @ 6:15 pm

antlers

The swords of the animal kingdom
now resting as the chair
of some petty lord

who doesn’t know the way they were
when they were worn by something nobler than he
and when they flashed
red with spilt blood

and when they fell
with their lord’s death.

» Posted By Beebee On 06.25.2011 @ 3:27 pm

cells

All our cells
working together

alone, they are just pieces of a grand machine
together, they are life.

We do not appreciate
their deaths
their sacrifices

and though we are made of them
we do not acknowledge
their power.

» Posted By Beebee On 06.21.2011 @ 4:53 pm

predict

I cannot say with certainty
what the future holds.

Though many minds have said you can guess
I do not claim to
nor do I dare hope to voice my dreams

of houses and a life of pillows and words

as much as I wish to know.

» Posted By Beebee On 06.20.2011 @ 3:57 pm

belief

My parents say that I am
closeminded
and that I should respect you
even if we don’t agree.

But you know what?

If you don’t do the same
to the millions of people already under the shroud of oppression
to the people who are gay or trans or female

then why should I?

» Posted By Beebee On 06.19.2011 @ 6:25 am

smile

“Smile though your heart is aching
smile even though it’s breaking,”

goes the song that lives by smiles
and life by smiles

though it doesn’t know the harshness of the world
and forgets how hard it is to smile.

» Posted By Beebee On 06.16.2011 @ 11:37 am

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