Poems From

"Quiet Thoughts and Gentle Feelings"


SOMETIMES

There are five children
in my family of origin.
I have five fingers.
I'm the strongest finger.
Then my sister the ring finger;
so very married.
My big brother the tallest.
Morton the pointer.
And Patsy the thumb;
controlller and supporter
I wouldn't want to lose a finger,
but still I bite and gnaw at my fingernails
Sometimes.

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EARTHQUAKE

Waiting for the earthquake.
Maybe it will devour me
with big teeth
and swallow me.
Swift and shake
and rattle and roll.
Maybe it will be like
a ride at a amusement park?
Or shake the plates
within my soul?

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