Confessions Of A Laundry Goddess

"I am hearing poetry when awake, dreaming poetry when asleep, breathing poetry with each breath, I am living in a poem."

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A Turtle Passage

A turtle carries
the world on its back,
and I weep if an hour
passes too quickly.

I talk faster
than the shelled
creature can move,
but it reaches its
destination while
I make excuses
to never begin.

It is born ancient,
wise, connected
to earth’s heart.

I need to kneel
at its passage
and ask it to teach me
how to have patience
in my journey
when ten steps forward
leaves me twenty
steps behind.

©Susie Clevenger 2019


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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Never Climb in Pretty Shoes

(I was once the girl in the oak.)

You inhabit the limbs
of the oak tree outside
my window.

The wind speaks in your voice
when the smallest leaf
flutters in the womb
of a branch.

I wish I was up there with you
so close to the sky bluebirds search
to see if you have wings.

I don’t remember when
I forgot how to climb.
Was it on a Monday or
when I was told scraped knees
dull the polish on pretty shoes?

©Susie Clevenger 2019


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Monday, April 22, 2019

Sunday, April 21, 2019

When My Roots Surrender

Loosely based on World Tree


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Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Bloom and Weed of It

the dogwood speaks spring
to trees still dressed in mourning
green waits beneath ash

dandelions grow
where poison kills wildflowers
defiant nature

royal lilacs bloom
matriarch of a garden
bold in its neglect

©Susie Clevenger 2019


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Thursday, April 18, 2019

From Temple to Bloom

The temple bell stops, but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers. ~ Matsuo Basho

A temple bell pours
its echo into the wind
to turn the soul
toward silence.

Before earth
drinks the sound
flower petals gather
brass notes to feed
hope when rain
clouds are empty.

©Susie Clevenger 2019


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