Ask me. I Dare You

Ask me. I dare you.

[But I forgot… ]

I soak color from the walls, brushing it into pictures, twisting it into wool afghans.

All these against leather sofas on wood floors.

Charged with sunlight from unveiled windows.

Smells of  home cooked food linger over an old sad body draped in beautiful clothing.

I walk every day, unless I dance wildly to whole-hearted red-blooded music.

Long tub baths go best with sweet-smelling oil.

And books.

Meaningful conversations with loved ones emanate laughter, tears and hugs.

A house full of children, music, and dance…  where all join in.

[can you hear it?]

And the first one to get there…

[wins]

Compass

 

The sky.

Cool dark black

I wander quietly

Alone. Bare feet

Unafraid of any.

I journey out

surprised at

deep stillness.

Shining stars.

Warm feet

invade hard ground

Answers back in

coldly burnt soles.

Hearth burning deep in

Radiantly warms, soulfully

permeates walls.

Windows bring comfort

thoughtful memory.

Laughter filling,

eating, drinking

embracing, tickling,

singing, and loving

jabs.

Tattooed inside

me. Speak to me

who I am.

Bring me

Home.

Mashed Authenticity

Lumps. Like ’em or hate ’em?

I love potatoes with lumps…. plenty of cream and plenty of butter. The real deal.

Growing up during the Sputnik era space-race, ‘Tang’ bested real orange juice…boasting a day’s vitamin C and absolutely no floaties. Velveeta melted better than cheese. Kraft Mac ‘n’ Cheese beat all. Doctors declared baby formula superior to breast milk. Mashed potatoes were sold in a box as dry flakes. We whipped them up speedily… adding hot water, margarine and milk. No peeling, chopping or boiling. Very little mess. And no lumps.

When I knit, I miss-stitch. Then I re-do or adjust on the fly. Over long-term wear and tear, skilled hands mend injury… and record such a history in warp and woof. Innovative alteration authenticates. Personal choices of pattern and material, plus other individualizations, ensure originality. Wear and tear on high quality craftsmanship increases value–both sentimental worth and real-world appraisal.

Which goes back to my point. Real potatoes… Why try SO hard to turn regular old taters into some sort of whipped, fluffed… perfection? Too much ease and uniformity betray cheapness.

A million widgets–all exactly the same–replace easily. If they break, you toss ’em. Only 999,999 left! Our tastebuds long for things singular and personal…. the lumps. So let’s boldly marry human creativity with our all-too-fallible skill.

Then perhaps we find beauty in the lumps. And touch authenticity… 

Biography

Dusty old leather volume, 
Your engraved beauty on faded cover so 
Sturdy. Crafted for the ages.
Your pages full with tales told in glory.
They recede on weathered paper as 
your own aged eyes strain against 
forgotten tintype.
 
Hands grasp, longing to peruse,
Cradling you homeward in my arms, so
Ready. Willing you ‘live again’.
Your children bend eager hearts to hear.
We tend your leaves and stitches as
our own hopeful eyes strain to preserve 
everything within you. 
 
Fragility seals against all inquiry,
consigning to unreachable places,
leaving history to mere storytellers,
as we mourn.