Saturday, May 23, 2015

Jesus Weeps Over Bible Belt

I collect metaphors,
taste fate,
watch crayon strokes
melt from childhood.

I am growing gray from
seeing bigotry give
a discount on hate.

Jesus weeps over Bible Belt.

©Susie Clevenger 2015

I chose Kenia's Wednesday Challenge 5/16/2012
and the style of poet, Oktay Rifat.

Huck Finn's Restaurant & Sports Bar receipt (WWL-TV)

Huck Finn's Restaurant & Sports Bar in New Orleans gave four African American women this receipt which included a typed racial epithet. It angers me and breaks my heart. Racism unfortunately continues to thrive.





Monday, May 11, 2015

A Bit Like Lazarus

A broken heart
is not death
although it
searches
for a grave.

Guilt and rejection
sing their dirge
until the tongue
can no longer
barter for sympathy.

Stirred by an inner voice crying
“Pity has paid its penance”,
vocabulary begins its Lazarus’ walk
away from its tomb of salt lick tears.

Speaking away the shroud
of mournful comfort isn’t easy.
The first utterances feel like
the middle of August without shade.

©Susie Clevenger 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Blood House

In this blood house of my genetics
where ancestry has determined skin and bone
I wonder if this knifed clay bears a deeper resemblance
to spirit than my face reanimating death.

Are the words that come when sleep evades
the poems of another’s dreams released
on a sea of stars to reach the sand of my pen?

Names hang on a family tree where mirrors see
but can’t hear…Somewhere in the puzzle I am a verse.


©Susie Clevenger 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Change of Heart

They want to glue me to their view;
paste me as cooperative so there
won’t be any discord from different.

My eyes once held the glint of absolutes.
I recognize the self-righteous stare and
voices echoing in scriptured tongues.

Life has cut the artery of my judgment
and I bleed grief from my spirit
at the depths of my rejection.

I can’t choose another’s path so I won’t
surrender my shoes to the footfalls of another.
The greatest commandment is to love.

I struggle…I’m incomplete…I am learning.

©Susie Clevenger 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Last Words



My last words….

I saw a miracle born
from the womb of war,
desperate hands rescuing
a child from the dust of anger.

I heard a baby cry for peace.

©Susie Clevenger 2015

NaPoWriMo ~ Day 30

Real Toads ~ Bang, Whimper, Hiss

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii)


My name suggests
embraceable, but
arms that seek
to cuddle me will find
a prickly reception.

I am a lesson grown
in sun and sand that
a name can bear deception.

©Susie Clevenger 2015