Villanelle for Sunday: She Waits in Snow-filled Lanes

This isn’t a true villanelle in the Dylan Thomas style.  Perhaps that’s a good thing.  Maybe not.

She Waits in Snow-filled Lanes

She watches his slow rolling gait
as he pushes through white, the tenor
of his voice forcing her to wait.

His eyes with crinkles in the corner
alight upon her face back-lit by snow.
She stuffs down her sense of horror

that he might notice her heart low
within her eyes; that she might feel
more than he is ready to know.

So with hands deep in pockets of teal,
his warm breath fanning her cheek,
she waits on his mouth to heal

all that has come before.  And weak
though she might be, she hopes
he will take hold of hand and seek

something farther than this moment
with feet sunk inches in snow
and toes too frozen for movement,
toward whatever the future might hold.


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Birthdays ROCK

Because it’s Michele Battiste’s Birthday and since her book has been a wonderful companion, I thought I’d post a poem inspired by one of her own pieces.

Would You be Upset?

Would you be upset
to know that I read
your poetry in the bathtub,
in water hot enough to steep tea,
the pages curling inward,
forward, my left arm propped
on the cool edge,
the lotus petals of my hand
assuming Savasana.
Would it bother you
to know that with little regard
for the ink of your odd cartography,
I am the whale,
the water sluicing down
my twitching abdomen,
that place I watched
so diligently as my daughter
kicked and slugged and warred
with my bladder.
I hope that you do not mind
that I have taken you
with me to that sacred space
where I work the crossword
and watch my knees wrinkle
in a presage of things to come.

Naked City’s A Night in Verse

I had such a great time at the reading last week at Naked City Gallery.  The audience was friendly and appreciative–it is so nice to be able to share work with an open-group.  I have definitely been in front of more judgemental or critical audiences and it is NOT a comfortable place to be.  But despite all my fretting and worrying and mild stage-fright, the experience was awesome.  I’d like to thank everyone, including my best friend who drove all the way from Tulsa for the event!  I’d especially like to thank Iris and Carrie of Naked City for sponsoring a “Night in Verse.”  Next month will be Big Poppa E, a veteran spoken-word artist, on December 15th.  He’s a fantastic poet and this should be a real treat for the Wichita area.  If you’d like to learn more about his work, visit: