The Replacement

The Stand-in mask slips and pinchesUnable to stifle tears or painFiltration layer at fault?Was contamination inevitableFrom the moment the Original slippedTo breathe freely to taste the world?Are tears the price of admissionTo the land of the livingOr the dying? Published via LexPoMo 2020. Image by Łukasz Dyłka from Pixabay

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Fear

My fear for themand of themtransforms our relationshipforever taintedby their choices Published via LexPoMo 2020. Image by KPNX-TV

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Fort Sill Lesson Plan

Geography – Map the locations of the Red River War engagements used to drive the men, women, and children of the Comanche, Kiowa, Southern Cheyenne, and Arapaho to their breaking point History – Write accurate biography of Geronimo, Satanta, or a Buffalo Soldier buried near them English – Read the letters and memoirs of the people…

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Balance

Somewhere I have lost my balance Ball drop Plates shatter Geese fly away While I focus on the ground   Artwork via Max Pixel

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Here’s An Idea

Bite your tongue if your body has not been misunderstood monitored mutilated    Stifle if your voice has not been regulated repressed restrained    Muzzle if you have lawfully loved lived laughed   The others are talking Now you listen   Artwork by Pixabay

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Empty Nest

Your first flight has left me unmoored   Artwork via Geograph  

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Work In Progress

I carried you beneath my heart I carried you when you cried I carried you when you were tired I nursed you at my breast   I drove you to school I drove you to viola lessons I drove you to your first date I held your hand as you took your first steps  …

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Launch

Sometimes I worry you are the only thing I have done right Then I worry that is too much pressure for any one person It is not fair to pin your wings with my loving clinging arms When you must be light as a feather to catch the wind So I throw up my wrist…

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Implacable

Death is final devastating loss a thread ripped from the fabric that can be patched and mended but never again whole   Dementia is implacable loss in plain sight a presence weathered from the husk that can be tended and sustained but never again filled   Artwork via Pixabay

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Commision

Won’t you celebrate with me those who laid hands on my child to commission him for life beyond our borders   Those who led prodded coached taught modeled what it means to be a human   Those who joined us in this sacred task weaving blood bone guts head heart spirit transmitting our echoes from present to future  …

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#LexPoMo 2019

This year I am participating in my fifth LexPoMo. My first two years my participation was haphazard at best. In fact, I am not certain that I did more than sign up in 2015 as there is no apparent record of any actual poems written. However, in 2016 I managed to post 12 poems. There…

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Flight

Creasing folding shaping Dissecting models Studying guides Hacking instructions Then letting fly

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