Thursday, December 19, 2013

Once there was a pause between meetings and greetings.

Once we dipped feathers in ink,
Giving words time to sink,
And used penmanship,
and flowery language,
To impress with, we hoped,
The impression of initials,
Dipped in wax,
Sealing the envelope.

Do you remember,
Waiting by the phone?
Making sure it wasn’t off the hook,
Relieved to hear the dial tone,
You’d take another quick look,
And worry that in those few seconds you picked it up,
They got a busy signal.

Once there was a pause between meetings and greetings.

And now,
those means of communication,
Are always within reach,
We become part of the constant conversation,
With a chat,
An email,
A facebook message,
A text.
And you start to wonder,
What’s next?
How soon do you reply?
Is it ok to follow them on twitter,
Before the twitterpation is returned?
Can I profess my love aloud?
And share it on a cloud?
Do you use shorthand, acronyms and emoticons?
Can you LOL at your true love?
When do you become Facebook official?
And does it start to feel more real?

When the relationship is also virtual?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Thinner Than Blood

Blood lines cut into
Urban landscapes
As we plan for our escapes
From small towns and small minds
Our youth confines
Familial relations replaced
In these new places
By these chosen faces
Who we add to our lives
Like husbands choose wives
But where does loyalty lie
When we need it most
When we’re raw
When we fall
When our thick blood thins
And spreads on pavement
Broken skin on hard cement
We are this series of transitory moments
We sit alone in small rooms
In tall buildings
Wanting more
Are we not just strangers?
We put on airs and pretend
As we deadbolt the door
We scurry around the alleys of this city
Like rats seeking
Nibbles of love
Scraps of dignity
Crumbs of loyalty
Starving for attention
For connection
To be known
Wanting more
But we come up short
And alone

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Leave the phone at home.

It feels good
to leave the phone,
at home.
to walk out the door
without the vice
of a device.
to watch the tick
of addiction
as you go to check it,
but it's not in your pocket.
it feels good.
to be diconnected.
to be reconnected.
it feels good to experience life first-hand,
with our own eyes and ears
and just our memories are there to record it all

Inspired by:


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Lunar Fray

The full moon is rising,
And she is sizing,
Me up.
The moon wants a fight,
As she takes on the night.
I must be a loon,
If I want to fight the moon.
If I want to pull her from her pull,
But not pull these punches.
As she rises full.
I’ve been training for this day,
Much to the moon’s dismay,
To put on this ludicrous display,
Welcome to this lunar fray.

Monday, September 16, 2013

A Response to the Media's Disaster Porn

i don't want to be in a dark corner,
isolated from current events,
nor bombarded with the incessance.
does the headline make the pain go away?
does the death count justify my politics?
does the bleeding lead to anything but ad sales?
the link leads to nothing.
the story has no content.
we grieve.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Welcome to the Fuckery

If this doesn't break you,
you're doing it wrong.
Listen carefully:
This is not a love song.
And this is not some hippie love fest.
It's a fest in fuckery, at best.
Don't harsh your mellow?
Aren't you a wishful fellow.
Don't mellow my harsh.
Go back to your dreams of a marsh.

Welcome to the desert.
Where we are hung out to dry,
Where you will cry,
Where part of you will die.
And in those moments of mortality,
And varying morality,
You may sense the totality,
Of this world and everything in it.
You know those piling levels of shit,
In porta-potties serviced by,
The dollar you claim should die,
All that you knew was a lie.
Floating off in this hot, dusty wind.

The desert gets to the core,
Our bodies, our egos, grow sore.
Welcome to the dark side of the desert.
Welcome to the breakdown.
Welcome to it.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I am letting free,
this discontented,
self-doubt inside of me,
Or trying,
This attempt at confidence.

I am burning words that flicker,
In the recesses of my memory,
Revealing through cobwebs of insecurity,
Echoes of unkindness,
That left behind this mess,
A typical scenario.
I am letting them go.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Sandals. No coat. Good hair.
Extra pep, in my step.
Is it spring?
Is that a thing?

Increases to my daily dose of d,
Increases to my oxygen supply,
I am increasingly free.

Liberation is found in the tilt of my axis.

Pollen floats in the air.
My nose drips.
My eyes crust.
I don’t care.
A fine yellow layer like dust and
little pink petals coat cars.

No socks. Short skirts. Crisp shadows.
The benches and steps are full.
Pulled out of hibernation.

I am the sun dial,
Placing my feet,
Facing the glare.
I’ll stare,
into the sun,
squinting and squeeling.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

And so we met spring,
In turbulent gusty rain,
Yet, this hummingbird.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Can't Sleep

I am full of conversation,
To be had,
Thought provocation,
Is not a fad,
I am wanting,
To go deep,
Thoughts are haunting,
I can't sleep.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Look me in the eye,
Dear Stranger on the street,
for in this passing moment,
our souls shall meet.

Know me,
and I will know you back.
We can dance in this city
we’ve painted black.

Hold my hand and
Let’s jump.
Trust becomes
the ultimate trump.

We’ll free fall together,
and improvise;
Ready to say yes,
to the echoes of our outcries.

It is my hope to connect,
And treat your dreams with respect.

We give the shirt off our backs,
to the guy we just met:
humbly, with gratitude,
and without regret.

Sharing our souls,
with Strangers on the bus,
this is how I know,
this choice is a must.

Monday, February 18, 2013

sacred space

I spent this weekend at a retreat. When I sat down to begin the experience, I penned this on the first page of my notebook (with some slight edits.) I look at it as an invocation of sorts.

as we enter this sacred space,
and choose to accept the gift of grace,
let’s slow down to a snail’s pace,
to share the smile upon your face.
to be open to the universe,
or god or fate or happenstance,
whatever gets the soul to dance,
perhaps it’s really all of the above,
grounded in unconditional love.

Friday, February 15, 2013

If I am going to be blinded,
May it be from warm sun on my face,
Washing me into this contented place.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

she at the Alle' Stage

Here's a little video of The Urban Poetess performing she at the Alle' Stage in Port Angeles. Thank you, Rebel on Stage, for recording this and putting the show together!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


This was originally written as a comment on a post on Facebook.

she opens and welcomes
and poses and shines
and cowers and empowers
and wants and does not want
and fights and bleeds
and needs
she wakes and sleeps
and feels and fills
and pushes and delivers
and sympathizes and empathizes
and nurtures
she pleasures
and pulses and throbs
and shudders
and wets and dries
and grips and slips and slides
and rides
she holds and lets go
and closes and hides

Monday, January 28, 2013

Those three little words,
Oft sprung back in reflex:
Spoken in mindlessness,
Whispered in sex.

They dance off the tongue,
A turret induced tick,
Lost in meaning,
A debate: semantic.

Yet when I speak them in truth,
I find loss of breath,
Our hearts intertwined,
Between life and death.

There’s a literal swell,
I feel in my chest.
These three little words,
I lay them to rest.

These three little words,
Are achingly true,
Cliched though they seem:
I love you.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

In the land of nothingness,
We shall live like kings and queens,
Overwhelmed by the expanse,
And suffocated by the dust,
We’ll breathe freely once again.

In the midst of uncertainty,
And the ultimate sense of ubiety,
We’ll build and dance and understand,
We’ll cry, confused and prostrate.
We shall stretch in every direction,
Finding the will to overturn fate.

In the land of nothingness,
We shall live like kings and queens,
Overwhelmed by the creation,
Suffocated by the lust,
We’ll come freely once again.

In the midst of partitipation,
And the ultimate sense of ubiquity,
We’ll jump and burn and comprehend,
We’ll weep, broken, head to ground,
We shall lift our hearts to the sky,
With a quiet sense of being found.

Friday, January 18, 2013

A haiku inspired by the fog in Seattle. I witnessed some sparks on a construction site on my walk to work and composed this in my head. The contrast of the brightness against the muted layer of fog was breathtaking.

Sparks fly in the air,
Through dense fog in the city,
Construction beauty.

Monday, January 7, 2013

And so she would walk,
And so she would wander.
Never lost for something to ponder.