Wednesday, January 16, 2019

song (version 1)

Hello, little snake--it's you again
bluescaled and cold
so heavy
on my skin--

I feel your cold scales pressing,
slipping up my toes
little metal ribbon
pretty ribbon
Friend, hello.

Come be my little anklets,
come weigh my ankles down,
come curl around my ankles,
hold my feet down in the ground.

You don't surprise me
little greysnake, little
i heard your little whispers
i knew you were here

you whispered little secrets
little lies inside my ear
heard you hissing in my headbones and
I knew that
you were here

Come be my little anklets then,
come weigh my dancing down,
come curl around my footbones,
come keep me in the ground.

Greysnake, bluesnake, little
I knew that you were here
The way you turn my eyes grey, how
you pull my eyelids down
The way you press against my teeth
every time i smile, or frown

Come be my little anklets then,
come weigh my ankles down,
come be my little friendlet then
come hold me in the ground

I won't go dancing deeply
I won't go far from home
I'll just dip my toes in
wear you wrapped around my bones.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

a birth day

Once on the day after Christmas I lost an earring,
half of my Christmas present, a little smiling kawaii squid
(this in the bad old starving days 
when I was a girlshape made of brittle glass,
I wasn’t sad
I wasn’t sad)

it slipped out sometime that day—
when I was pulling espresso shots, ignoring 
the cramping 
and the clotting—
or maybe later at the clinic.

I don’t remember their faces, 
just the white coats
the necklace stethoscopes
they said any residual tissue would be 
lab tested
I guess they sent us the papers
I was too numb then to ask 
for the scraps 

so we left 
All I had of you then 
was my lost earring 

Later you gave
your first 
the glass cracked 
that night 
we cried,

I cried

I could never have been your mother
I tried
I tried

I think that I was born then,
when you died

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

gray november

A soft gray shawl, pulled
in around the earth, warm, wispy,
near: November sky


Invisible birds embroider November:
Long satin whistling,
twitters picked and clustered,
french knots
in a gray flannel sky.
And at brown bushes
and leafbare branches,
they loop their songs,
crochet their lace around
the world's winter border.


this warm november
the sky
is soft and gray and sweet
like a beloved, outgrown toy

damp and close on the earth
and on shoulders
pressing down the corners of your eyes

it says, curl up your toes
your eyes look tired
sit down awhile


let's be bears today
it's too damn cold to get up
november morning

haiku september

less angry sun. The waspsbuzz around the eaves, the bush,
buzz loud, do not rest

one last rose, magenta
magnificent, full blown, drops
lazy petals down

the grass, full green, strewn
with dropped leaves dried to old gold,
smells dry, smells warm, smells sweet

sometimes through the gold
still air, a furtive giggle,
a hint: fall visiting

Thursday, September 27, 2018


Each day is a fist
full of moments.

Snot smeared fingers
brandish a bouquet
of boogers:
Here, Mom!
They are always for me.

Let's pretend
I don't notice you, quietly
poking little sticks
into the seams of the brown couch
and unpicking them.
White fluffs of stuffing drift
like spring flowers.

Let's pretend
you are dinosaurs, lumbering
through strewn toys;
you are better at sharing
when you are dinosaurs.
I am the mountain sleeping
on the brown couch,
I do not want
to erupt.
This volcano can sleep for
and millions
of years.

The baby, walking
Here: hold
my huge finger
in your little fist.
Your folded hands are warm and tender
as wilting flowers.

Friday, August 31, 2018


God help us
it were better to have drowned

than to come before your throne
and be found
wearing chains that we hammered

hammered and bound
around our hearts and our children's

nailed to our doorposts
nailed to our gates
nailed to our foreheads
nailed to our feet

You told us good news:
we made dead gold copies
of the gospel
and wore it like crowns

Made chains out of grace
help us--
it were better to have drowned


First ever guest post. Original poetry by Geneva Pritzel. To be performed with dramatic hand motions.


Tootie is the most cutest creature I have ever seen.
I love her very much.
Even when she kicked me
Under the piano
So I had to hold up a Star Wars box lid to shield myself
From her kicks.
I wish she was kinder.
Like Mom said in her poem,
She is really agile.
When she scoots the piano bench
To the piano
She climbs up onto the piano bench
And then up onto the keys
To get up to the top of the piano.

I am ready
And set
To read
But too excited
Since my Grandma Vivi
And Aunt Helen
Are coming to visit!
I can't wait!

Mom says it's time
To turn off the poem.
So bye bye
Until she lets me write another poem!