life, in pursuit of happiness

 

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was his favorite
holiday when
dad, guardian
of hot punk,
would light
our sparklers;
we’d laugh and
dance in grass,
swirling
happy sparks
in waves of
patriotism.

now he comes
to iowa to
visit us, his
(temp) guardians,
and to watch
fireflies & fireworks,
celebrating his
independence
from assisted living;
he laughs aloud
at whistling stars
and deaf-defying
bangs.

how can i
bear the time
when dad’s
bright spark
explodes and
sizzles out,
smoking white,
and all my
holidays die?
i’ll remember
the laughter,
holding warm
embers.

 

inheritance

 

Mother died, age twenty-five

(of flu-asthma complication)

I, barely 16 months & weaned,

bereft.  of primal-love relation.

 

Passed fears of childhood years

(growing up with best-step brother)

when mom’s older sister said to me,

“you remind me of your mother.”

 

“Oh, tell me how, right now” I cried

breath-bated wait for answer

she smiled at me and said, ”I see

it’s plain-obvious in your manner,

 

Voice like hers & when you speak

your hands move just as hers had”

precious-treasure words I heard…

while mirror says I look like dad!

 

 

Kim is hosting inherited “body image” poetics prompt at dVerse Poets

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phishing philosophy 101

 

Dad tried to teach brother and I to fish

by mountain lakes where rainbow trout fins swish.

We’d load the car with lunch, our gear, and bait;

sweet summer’s day together filled our wish.

We learned sharp hooks make earthworms twist about!

Dad warned us to “Be quiet” till he’d shout —

our lines were tangled up, both bobbers lost.

We tried his patience more than any trout.

Sometimes we fished for hours on shore of lake,

yet no fish worthwhile eating would we take.

We cast our lines along with hopes and dreams;

fond mem’ries we hold close of summer break.

Dad, thanks for all the things you taught us right

It’s true in life that fish don’t always bite!

___________

(a sonnet of 14 lines: 3 quatrains in iambic pentameter

with AABA rhyme, plus final couplet)