THE SKY FORGETS

It is sometimes astonishing
how quickly
the sky forgets

that it was knotted
with clouds
violent
with rain

mere hours
before the gentle
sun pools on

colored leaves
and in windowsills.

ziss

Old City, Philadelphia

BECAUSE THEY’D GET TOO ‘SOFT’

An accidental poem from this article.

I’ve come to believe
that a lot of people
equate

comfort
with
complacency,

calmness
with laziness.

If you’re happy,
you’re not
working         hard       enough.

You’ve stopped
striving.

comfort

Wildwood, New Jersey

DAILY OBSERVATIONS ON 18TH

Finally, peppermint crisp,
the sky is cotton-white
with a speck of platinum
light nested above
the Walgreens.

I must know every
detail of this intersection.

Wind plays with the ends
of my hair in teasing waves.

People mill about.
Cafe workers have
confusing relationships
at the table next to me.

Two cyclists with touring
bikes and fat saddle bags
go up and down the street, lost.

MISGUIDED GOALS

I want to be the woman
who somehow deflected
all the ‘you should
be this ways’ so
that what I want
to suck from
life is just only
mine.

Tonight, I stood in
the grocery store line
and beamed at the
carrots, lemon cookies,
honey yogurt on the
rubber belt.

I had this thought:
I am healthy, vibrant,
active, content and why
should anything
remind me to watch
my waistline?

AUTUMN MORNINGS IN PHILADELPHIA

What it takes is
not thought but
action, rejecting
the snooze button,
flowing in a
a soft pocket of
warmth into
the early morning
chill.

The silver
diamond-patterned
food cart on the sidewalk
puffing its essential
oniony fumes
and kaleidoscope
reflecting
a new sun.

Gone is the summer
air, which incubates
into stew of
nothingness.

Autumn mornings isolate
on white, like a museum
of scents held hostage.

Punched into the
sweet aroma of
wood shavings from
the lumber warehouse
as I turn onto 18th,

suddenly grateful for
the icy tug at my
ankles, the blue
wind pulling
gentle fingers in
my auburn curls,
wondering how
to dismantle that
snooze option
altogether.

my philly

Philadelphia.