impressionist…

impressionist

a lifetime
traveling the world
being someone else
someone
famous
singing
their songs
copying
their voice
never really being
seen
as
self
just
someone else
like
all those
who
never sing
their own songs
with
their own
voice
just
a lifetime
fulfilling
the expectations
and
dreams
of
others

temporary protected status…

Temporary Protected Status

i hear you say
the unborn child
has rights
is that why
so many die
in poverty
and
war
it is
their
right
to die as horribly
as others
on this planet
without
the thin veil
of your protection
once born

the pursue of happiness…

pursue of happiness

before attending
a formal fund-raiser
across town
i stopped by aunt bea’s
she was sitting outside
with
one of her neighbors
she said
now ain’t you
the cat’s meow
you look
quite special
almost
influential
in those duds
she giggled
and said
i’m just messing with you
you look fine
i used to want
to strut my stuff
just like you
live that high life
but realized
i’m just
a fried bologna
with mayo sandwich
kind of woman
don’t need
nor
want
the glitter
or
glamor
just time
time
to enjoy
each breath
i’m given

reflections in the rain…

reflections in the rain

an evening thunderstorm
caught me
without my rain gear
and
the brown bag prophet
caught me
before
reaching my car door
offering shelter
beneath his
beach umbrella
he said
i was
just thinking about
this woman
i knew
lord she was fine
but
we lost touch
that made me
begin
to hate the fact
that i cannot
go back in time
and
change
a few things
people
i
should’ve
said
i love you to
and
others
something less
accepting
but
i realize
i cannot go back
so i’ve
also
begun to realize
that each moment
of the day
is precious
he waited
for me to open
the car door
and
i
and
my impatience
felt
rewarded

where’s the world court when we need them…

From: The Woman Citizen 1926

From: The Woman Citizen 1926

aunt bea
was in her garage
rummaging around
when i stopped by
to see
how she was faring
i asked
aunt bea
is there something
you
need
to find
she said
given the recent
political decisions
by the us supreme court
i need to find
my american version
of a burka
as well as
your great grandmother’s
signs supporting
women’s suffrage
i may just
add a note
reminding
that
group of men
that
they
can be
cut-off from
what drives
their
egos

buried treasures…

buried treasures

the student asked
bapa dola
why he seemed
so serious and sad
when the wealthy overlords
came to see him
bapa dola
said
it is best
to let some people
assume
you are unhappy
since
the thief
rarely seeks
to steal
from the beggar

euraquilo…

euraquilo

a prayer
for help
whispered
with a single breath
that stirs nothing
in the night
family prayers
for peace
in a rural village
a gentle breeze
that rustles
the dry leaves of hope
prayers
for a nation
to no longer serve
the gods of war
and greed
angry winds swirling
like a desert sand storm
sealing the graves of those
who seek to profit
from death

fool’s gold…

fool's gold

a young apprentice listened
to an old man
holding a stone
polished by the sea
who proclaimed
he had found
the jewel
he had
always sought
after the old man left
the student said
to bapa dola
that the man
must be a fool
to see such value
in a stone
but
bapa dola
said
he has found
his jewel
and
his life quest
has ended
you however
have none
and
have but
just
begun

grandmother’s fourth of july…

grandmother's fourth of july

old photos
on an oak chest
a family reunion
like every 4th of july
when grandmother
expected all her children
to join together
at walnut creek
to celebrate
family
and
survival
a picnic lunch
prepared by her
fourteen children
uncles
and
aunts
all assigned
to bring
enough food
for a small army
of
husbands
wives
and
grandchildren
a scouting party
was always
sent out in advance
to claim
the best shady spot
since
other clans
met there that day
with
each race
in separate areas
of the park
there
were
of course
explosions
emotional
as well as
fireworks
before the day
was done
some relatives swearing
never to return
but
always arriving
the next year
but when
grandmother died
so too
did the drive
for reunions
and soon
just as these old photos
will be placed in a box
for a yard sale
or
just tossed away
the reunions
were forgotten