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  101.     

Achilles Goes Shopping

Gripping the cart, knuckles white with fear
He gazed what seemed a mile of aisle
Cases stacked full with dreamy whipped
Flavor on flavor of cool refreshing
Ice Cream!

Bowing his head
He bolted across the floor
Not daring to look on left or right
His feet breezing like Hermes across
The linoleum with oh! such a
Slide at the finish.

But just as he made the turn
A home stretch to the register and
Freedom
He spied out the corner of his unwary
Eye, the tempting froth of frosty
Strawberry Ripple peeking out the top of an
Olympian bucket, some trickster had viciously marked
“On Sale.”

His hand, out of body, acted on its own
Shoved aside the blithering brain
Grabbed the heavenly concoction
And flew effortlessly through the checkout
Without the slightest protest or whimper
Of remorse.

At home on the sofa, spoon in hand
A smile of sophistic satisfaction
Erased the last semblance of reason
His stubby fingers loosening his belt
One more notch
Thinking with absolute conviction, by Zeus!
That the diet could easily be resumed
Promptly
On the morrow.


(Previously published in Apollo's Lyre, Spring 2007)
 
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  102.     

All a Blur

Life is all about focus
That upon which you focus
Becomes your reality
Your own personal truth

If you look at a flower
And feel its texture
Know its scent and color then

Your flower exists
It blooms for you

The flower unseen
However
Untouched, unrealized
Never makes an appearance
In the blank stare of
Unknown human
Consequence

Sometimes
In the deadliest of circumstance
These competing truths
Flower or no flower
Right or no wrong
God or no God
Make war upon one
Another

And that which was once
Innocent and pure
Almost wise
Becomes sullied in the dark stain of
Unrepentant, blind-hearted

Ignorance.
 
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  103.     

All The World

Shakespeare took poetry to the stage
And left her there
Singing songs
In the fire of footlight candles

The stars, in the open air overhead
Danced
To be immortalized in words
With Kings and Queens
Vagabonds and fools
Stories to bard the ancient tongue

Now she bows to the curtain of another age
The taunts and jeers of a coarser crowd
The wisp of her hand still drawn upon the air
in graciousness
Her gown retreating to the shadows of the wings

The stillness lingers in an empty house
When all have left, the play is done
But in the darkness, a presence
The corner by the window
The starlight peering in

Listening
A dream held in wait
Till she return.

(Previously published in American Muse, Summer 2001, Issue 3)
 
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  104.     

Alternate Universe

I am haunted by the man
I could have been

He follows me down every
Wrong turn

The blocked wall in a maze of illusion
His face indecipherable and yet

Necessarily contentious
The making of ourselves

Hanging in the balance
The choosing of each day

Critical
With time running out.


(Published in World's Strand, An International Anthology of Poetry,2007)
 
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