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  89.     

Skin Deep

A freak was born in
Bethlehem.
His skin had no color.

So people couldn’t tell if
they were supposed to love him or
hate him.


(Previously published in Barbaric Yawp, Sept. '99, Vol 3, Issue 3)
 
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  90.     

The Iranian Girl

There’s a hole in the ground
A moving of earth, now made
A sad depression
Where once she played in
Puddle-rain
Splashing with the joy that comes
From child-like feet

The sound is still here
In the air, the breeze yet carrying
The secret laughter
That haunts the waking hours of those
Who’ve lost the way

How vain to think that
Memory can be erased

All will remember
No one escapes

I wonder if she saw it
The moment before
Her hair still flying free
The metal catching that last
Pure glint of sun

Did she hear the explosion
That made no sense
Did she feel
Her body come apart
And fall like dust, too soon

Does anyone ask
Whatever she felt, whatever she dreamed
Her dreaming time is gone
And no lofty word of God or
Glory will ever make it right

Dare to listen and you will
Hear her
Dare to open your eyes and see

The Iranian girl
No different
Like you, like me.


(Previously published in StopWarOnIran.org, Nov.2007; Tucson Troops Out Now Coaltion,2008; The Magical Blog,2008)
 
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  91.     

The Life Of A Cat

Sleep.
Eat.
Sleep.

Play with string.

Sleep.
Eat.
Sleep.

Hunt a bug.

Sleep.
Eat.
Sleep.
Sleep.
Sleep.


(Previously published in Superior Poetry News, Spring 1999, vol 5, No.1; Short North Gazette, Aug.1999; Lightverse.com, Nov.2000)
 
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  92.     

The Mona Lisa

Her appeal is universal
Something mysterious, enigmatic

Like the universe itself
She holds the secrets behind her eyes

The smile tantalizing in its awareness
But she will never say a word

To behold must be enough
To marvel and to wonder

The beauty of her poise.


Note: For those who are interested, check out Da Vinci's Mona Lisa here:
http: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mona_Lisa


(Previously published in The Stellar Showcase Journal, Spring 2007 Issue)
 
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