In the shiny house that is my family
I have been
The spare room receptacle,
of the superfluous and chaotic.
In the healthy body that is my family
I have been
The liver, enlarged and diseased,
distiller of the toxic.
In the band of miners that is my family
I have been;
The caged canary sent in solo,
singing silent in the darkness.
In the small regiment that is my family
I have been
The loyal foot soldier with bayonet,
bludgeoned out of the trenches and over the top.
In the flock of geese that is my family
I have been
Forever flying last in formation,
tending to the fallen.
But today in the bright epiphany of morning
the creator tenderly joining
each precious jigsaw piece of past,
and seeing for the first time how
each piece of who
I have been
is essential to my Zeitgeist
part of who
© Valentina63 2009
See the woman.
See the face behind its age.
See the beauty of her form.
See the way her way becomes her.
See past her once taught skin, as it was
when it enflamed many a man.
See the way she holds her head;
the tilt of her neck, the ease
of her being.
See the strength that binds her jaw,
unrelenting in its flex.
See her hurt displayed as shadows
falling like night upon the earth,
eager for rest and resolution—
retribution for the ones
she could not save.
See her darkness—see it well.
See it shatter like glass glinting
when she giggles like a girl.
See her shine
as the shades of dark days rise.
See the years that grace her eyes,
like rays of her own drawn sun
exponentially shining forth.
See forgiveness in her patient hands
as they weave memories with a touch.
See the breadth of her breasts, unapologetic
for they have quenched her children’s hunger,
soothed their frantic cries,
and became the safe haven for her beloved
on his rough seas of broken days.
See her empty, scarred abdomen—
round and perfect in its imperfections,
once holding the essence of all things,
carrying creation within:
see the divine home of God.
See the innocent baby,
the impetuous youth,
the voluptuous woman,
the devoted wife,
the selfless mother.
See the wisdom of the grandmother—
the epitome of every moment lived
for someone else and at last
the realization of the circle.
Hear the acceptance in her sigh.
See the gifts she has given—
see the woman!
See the goddess!
The beginning and The End!
See the infinite that bares the name,
See her for all that she is and isn’t.
Smell her scent and know you are home.
Taste the strength of her words on your tongue.
Hear her experiences like your own.
To touch her being is to touch perpetuity.
See her face in your mirror.
See the tears that fall proudly
upon the woman you’ve become,
and hope yet to become in time—
or the tears that fall upon the heart
who loves or has loved such
a woman, honoring her still with
When you have lived
through all that has been set before you;
when you enter that perfect union, and
when you become,
when you come full circle
you will see yourself in all things,
and your journey
will see you
© Kristin Reynolds 2008
showering burning the skin
forcing each drop to seep in
to every molecule of the body
the soul cleaning
extracting the foul unfair nefarious dark intruder
into the infinite of why’s
eliminating that which blocks the sun
cannot be undone
the barrage of pain
the thunder of anger
cannot be released
in an echo of cries
in the emptiness of when tears are done
and all seems numb
there are no answers
there is only time…
that never comes
© autumnwind 2010
Beyond our vision
Below the threshold
Of human perception
The Universe sings
You are 14 billion years old
Stars shine in your eyes
The fabric of the cosmos
Revealed in synaptic patterns
That expand exponentially
With each breath
at a time
© H.M.Bascom 2010
How it was.
You used to look at me in a way that made me feel warm inside.
Just to be around you felt like coming home.
The love in your eyes showed a soft tenderness and closeness to me,
it reflected the love we shared… which was so deep, pure, and true…
Your smile displayed an enormous relief for my company,
and yet you were just innocently happy…
Occassionally, I remember, you would be so overcome with joy in my company, emotions would bubble up from deep inside your self, and you would cry with happiness and joy…
I felt the same inside.
Although I could not show it as you did… I did…
Daily, I would experience the most beautiful feelings and emotions…
Constantly feeling a higher love and much deeper affection than I had felt before…
Now it is different.
Time has led you to grow weary of me.
You want me to be more like you, less like me.
When we fight, it is like hell.
When we don’t, we do not talk.
I am too much myself to change for another.
I still love you…
© sunrisegirl 2010
We went to see
Rocky Horror at midnight,
three women past our primes
convinced we were still
Damned Kids wouldn’t keep it down,
running amok in the aisles, acting out
scenes they didn’t know all the lines to.
A half-assed job of revelry—
We did it right in my day.
Boys in lingerie borrowed from grandma
forced us to do the “Time Warp.”
We glared, we hissed,
No means no!
as their insistent hands pried us
from our cozy seats,
one by one.
Was this ever fun?
A cowboy caricature
with pencilled-in sideburns
and a star around his eye
bummed a cigarette,
slobbered on our hands,
and called us each
We are getting too old for this.
Mason, Rocky Horror at Midnight 2
Later I found the rice we brought
to throw at the wedding
in the movie
forgotten in the bottom of my purse.
How had we had missed that scene?
© Margaret Bryant