United States of America

Housewife-Poets

Image by Vicki Whicker

There she is with the coffee
Always the coffee
Bitter

And so much to drink
And drink it she must
After all she paid for it… Read more

On Pilot Lights

The first time I saw a fire’s flame, I stood on the second floor of a third-story row home in my favorite place – my grandmother’s kitchen. The small space … Read more

On Take-Offs and Layoffs

The news fuels take-offs – crypto rising, Southwest rebooking,
weapons trading, and lay-offs – alphabets, bladders, and cinemas
trending. The United States Supreme Court claims it’s unable to
identify the … Read more

On Winning the Game of Life

The game of Life has origins of perennial
debate. Tales of Romeo and Juliet,
Big Bang theories, and Milton Bradley reprints delight.

The Game of Life in board game form … Read more

“Immigrant’s Mnemonic”

I arrived an alien now.
In a different culture,
will I lack nurture or admittance? I don’t share
religion, rites, in spite of rights with you.

My language languishing as … Read more

Fireworks

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When you hear a BOOM! or a BANG!
I wish you could run in excitement
for fireworks.
I wish you don’t need to panic–
Were those gunshots?

When you wonder, … Read more

Always

There’s always someone
that wants to shred the smiles
from our faces as easily
as you can rip this paper.

There’s always someone
that will vote for an all-Republican ticket,… Read more

Carrier of Souls

There is an owl who sits
on the shoulder of every man who takes his guns
into a nightclub, superstore, or anywhere
that life is for the taking.
When the … Read more