gift

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tightly wrapped
in a
cocoon
for so long
so long
it’s now a tomb
never would
have been a
butterfly
a moth
ugly
never would
have known
the gift of
flight
anyway
wings
shrunk against
my head
barely cover
my shriveled
body

-m.p. 10/22/2017

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a little while

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words are said
it takes a little while
for my mind
to catch on
to the thought
sometimes i
latch on to
a different train
a different plot
that it’s
not

slow down i
can’t keep up
i’d lift my hands
but i smile
i get the gist and
i’ll get the rest
it’ll just take me
a little
while

-m.p. 09/07/2017

slithy toves

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“perhaps, perchance,”
the dormouse danced,
’twas brillig upon
the clock.
“this time, though tea,
shall shine on me,
and i shall slay a
jabberwock.”

far trudged he
so sleepily,
napping as he
walked
“five minutes more,”
he implored with a snore
as he fell off
a fishing dock

he woke on a ship
on a stormy skip
across a rippling
pond
he took the wheel
but it didn’t yield
the ship would not
respond

into jaws stretched wide
it strayed inside
the dormouse gave
a shiver
but steeling his nerve
gave his blade a curve
and sunk it in the nearest
liver

“aye, that’s the rub,”
he said with a shrug,
as the ship began to
splinter
“to have gotten sleep,
sent a jabberwock to the deep,
and yet be home in time
for dinner.”

-m.p. 08/23/2017

i’m very fond of tea

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under willows
upon the pillow
cushions of the chairs
slumped figures
wake up rigorous
shaking heads, hats,
and hares

“how do you do,
well i do too,”
they whisper to
themselves
“i wonder then
if here therein
there’s more tea
upon our shelves”

dry leaves caught
in bubbling pots
high pitched screams
in steam
stirred not shaken
pour unawakened,
sipping to dream
a dream

-m.p. 08/22/2017

tempt all the fates

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i trod lightly
nimble, flighty.
at shadows jumping,
shivering nightly.
clutching so closely
grimly, tightly.
it all so ghastly,
so unsightly.

grasping my throat
i whispered hoarsely.
why let fears
treat you so coarsely?
scared to tread
ahead too forcefully,
to exact a path, a task
resourcefully?

now rage, war waged
to inundate,
i surround me with foes
to demonstrate
this, my arena,
open all the gates,
for i am here
to tempt all the fates.

-m.p. 08/18/2017

box

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put what you think is me in a box
i won't be in there
even now in my eyes
is a hundred yard stare

put what you think of me in a box
completely unaware
i never handle
the contents with care

put what you think for me in a box
wrapped with flair
garments i would and will never
think to wear

-m.p. 07/14/2017

stray dog

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i’m walking down the street
looking for things to eat
i don’t need something sweet
not looking for a treat

stray dog

eyeballing all the cars
which one will show me stars
behind the dog pound bars
i can always find some scars

stray dog

i gnaw upon a bone
familiar it’s my own
i got it out on loan
but this i can’t condone

stray dog

-m.p. 07/06/2017

unhinge

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hourglass figure
red emerges
from black
warning signs
far from the
place of
attack
leaves red marks
incised
in the
back
how quaint
how droll
how ironic
is that
nimble it strides
on its trap
like a cat
unhinges corpses
to make room
on the rack

-m.p. 06/20/2017