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Poems By Poet Patti Masterman  10/25/2014 3:36:55 PM
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Childhood's Christmas

Christmas opened childhood
Like heroes opened games,
And gifts were just the standard
For those with your same name.

Christmas ringed our childhood
Like hoodlums ring a fight,
And no one could believe it-
That Santa was a lie.

Christmas ended childhood,
That day we knew the truth:
We damned our own eye’s knowledge
Of wisdom's sorry proofs.
Patti Masterman



Lighting the Way

Tentative, new poets are so shy-
Begging for tolerance, patience-
“I am just a minor poet, a sometimes poet,
A writers writer- don’t mind me none.”
But the truth is we are shining meteors
In the atmospheric outer spaces;
Far from our home galaxy,
We are the art nouveau, the avante-garde,
Amino-acid delivering asteroids
Continuously streaming effusions,
Our broadcast verbiage making it’s way
To all the lesser worlds
With the sheer voluminous forcefield of our creations,
We enlighten the dark corners,
The gas giants, the tiny frozen-rock worlds.
We bring truth to light, rediscover things,
Point out hope where none could be seen-
So that when new life does occur;
It has a ready mold of intelligence, a self-absorbing
Centripetal motion to get it started right:
New human-like beings will draw more animals on cave walls,
Adorn themselves earlier,
Seek for first cause more intently,
Learn language more effortlessly.
All because of the photons we sent ahead of us
To colonize the universe.
Don’t be intimidated by the heavy weight of responsibility:
You are doing just fine.
Patti Masterman



Palindrome - gardens flower in her blooming breath

gardens flower in her blooming breath
my faces trellis there, linger vines
faint rumors; fueled histories of death
stilled hearts cut from holy valentines
afternoons of stillness belie her quickened feet
image of her haunting silhouette
before that vision is complete
rays of sun disclosing her artless pirouette
female of species: a class apart
reach only once, that soft spectral voice
finding all her heart's incendiary art
loving your only choice
gentled spirit of her fails strength
whispered my latent downfall's story
catch too willingly that glory
hollowed slow, your soul will follow
will soul your slow hollowed glory
that willingly too, catch story
downfall's latent: my whispered strength
fails her of spirit gentled choice;
only your loving art,
incendiary heart's her all finding voice
spectral soft, that once only reach apart
class a species of female pirouette artless,
her disclosing sun of rays
complete is vision that before
silhouette haunting her of image
feet quickened her
belie stillness of afternoons valentines,
holy from cut hearts stilled death
of histories fueled rumors; faint vines
linger there: trellis faces my breath
blooming her in flower gardens.
Patti Masterman



Precepts of Mortality

Live ready to die,
be the benign force,
be the malignant force.
Be sweetly fierce
and posthumously saintly.
Use telepathy on crowds,
But approach a person like a weapon.

When the angel of death approaches another,
Invite him in for a spot of your blood.
Be the wild card; be wild,
Be surprised by your own acts,
learn to expect the unexpected.

Live indecisively, straddle the fence.
Fall deliberately, full-conscious, only to rise again.
When falling, be indefensible, indefatigable.
Surround yourself from the inside, like an enemy.
Be the opposition someday you intend to destroy.
Patti Masterman
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