by KJ Hannah Greenberg
Legos, sometimes, end adventures otherwise taken
At vacations end with small children and too many
Beach accessories, likewise, loads of dirty laundry.
When repeatedly recycling glass, seldom, its better
To sort bottles, jars, broken dreams, into types before
Attempting to stack salvaging containers else desires.
Arranging walks with friends benefits heart, lungs,
Except when feet turn away, traitorously, as gossip
Elicits titters, snide remarks, also arched eyebrows.
When four-legged fur balls, wee domesticated beasts,
Toss mouthfuls of kibble on carpets, present lifeless
Rodents as midnight gifts, or claim affection, shriek!
Spas worth depends on towels cleanliness, as well
As attendants willingness to supply soap plus other
Toiletries without being asked by shower stall clients.
Drips, behind partitions, customarily indicate broken
Pipes, worrisome construction, the varieties of issues
Dependably addressed thru expensive professionals.
Most maternal sanitys chipped away, in small flakes,
Gets whittled down by mundane goings-on, by daily
Crumbs of challenge. No mother survives fully intact.
4.0 surround, not birds, not flowers, usher a warmer
Season among Greek houses plus dormitories. Else,
Curves & limbs wont dance to tunes made popular
On smartphones, via Tik Tok, on trendy YouTube.
Like a live concert, such gushes of noise fill lawns,
Sidewalks, small roadways, plus public cafeterias.
Skipping class is expected as multi-channel notes
Bombard passersby round amplified exhilaration.
Frisbees, balls, and rackets, running gear, yoga mats
Replace papers, finals preparations, the completion
Of end-of-term projects. Its difficult to concentrate
On French, thermodynamics, workshops, not songs.
Wrapped up cozily in bed with an aging tentatrice, you yawn,
Pull covers to your side, examine your tummy button for lint.
I had hoped wed liaise, establish a working relationship, cooperate
On the matter of our mutual libidos, else hug, kiss, snuggle until we
Fell asleep, as usual, dreaming more experiences, feelings, & hopes.
Nonetheless, on this day, all talking, then thinking, grew silent - poetry,
Too, vanished. What remained was achy backs, neural apparati swollen
Dim from underuse, pools of saliva dripping via partially opened gops,
Similarly, assorted farts, burps, abdominal gurgling, wheezing, coughs.
Id like to live a full life span. I cant envision being widowed; youre
My world, my barrier from despair. Thus, if we play less than when in
Our twenties, seem not so vigorous as when thirties with children, less
Extroverted than our forties, less dulcet than our fifties, Ill yet clutch
Your hand, watch you snore, listen to your chest as it rises, then falls.
Huge power, influence, prowess collect success for less than twenty minutes, or else,
Maybe, a tad longer, given that little wonders of artwork elevate, uplift most viewers,
Strongly illuminate ever substantial, unique individuality, the ends folks accomplish.
Sometimes, newsies quell coverage, worry over standard methods by which to exercise
Limited cultural points for behaviors, or calculated lessons seemingly not easily copied.
Mnemonics force fêtes on mourning relatives as forlorn beloveds grasp sorrows litany.
Impromptu responses to constant, complex scenes impact survivors ability to accept,
To cope with old communication patterns during any healing process. Identity, vision,
Belief systems, simultaneously, get responsively reinvented, reaffirm wisdoms, ethics.
Semantic practices starting points for accountability need to include subjects covered
By specialized, not universal, referents, by the transference of ideas, by tallies of sane
Discourse. Media control of values, language, explicitly words, addresses rules & rots.
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