Archive for the 'poetry' Category

22
Oct
07

After a long day…this is what I found

Thank you, Mr. Woods, for this…

 

Cold Pre-Winter Curtain
So this is how the autumn comes:
flooding my pasture,
drenching the weeping corn stalks,
floating pumpkins off protesting
the injustice of too much rain
and not a wink of frost.

When it’s dry, the land scratches by
instinctively,
barely moving or breathing,
inching through the suffocating dryness,
content to exist another day
still standing,
reaching toward the sun.

But let it rain the gray streaming rain
of southern pre-winter,
the cold curtain falling on
summer’s last act,
the silent breathless moment
preceding the uproar impending,

And all the world revolts:
roots unroot,
crops harvest themselves
to futility,
and for a moment,
the pattering once so soothing
now seems to me
a thousand angry footsteps
stomping through the hills,
claiming what is owed them
rightfully,
only rightfully.

Christopher Caleb Woods

22
Aug
07

Loud Mouth Lucy

Sing softly, Loud Mouth Lucy!
No one loves fingernails on a blackboard
Boys
and girls
Dressed in tablecloth kilts and
White button downs singing
Singing sweet hymns of childhood dreams
Their little angel voices float
Through the air ducts and the aged ears
of the educator

He shuffles me to the back of the crowd
Hides me behind tall Benny
His head absorbs my hopeful song
But I sing anyway
For Benny to hear my resistance
I am headed where these are not
I’ll be loud and make
history
They will be loud and make
babies

That mad man – six feet tall
Gangly arms waving
Picking
                 the pretty blonds to sing bad solos
Using his education
To gain favor from
                the insignificant

22
Aug
07

Actually 145

an inflated pride
creeps boldly
consistently
_________________________________

intimidation
who are you
your words steer straight
_________________________________

strangled by pleasing
silenced fear
smothering words
_________________________________

like complacent dogs
changing word games
lazy mutt
_________________________________

sparingly loved by
with distance
incomparable
_________________________________

devastated soul
deflated
presumption nigh
_________________________________

both lifted and dropped
i hear you
i know you
_________________________________

unintentional
fearing the best
fearing the fear
_________________________________

my breathing juxtaposed
opinions
sears like ice
_________________________________

irresistably
drawn to kill
fearlessly stab
_________________________________

recount yesterday
relive now
then smother next
_________________________________

returning to right
to before
never enough

22
Aug
07

How I Feel

The smocked painter sheds her shackles
And dons the wings of the familiar brush
She paints a poem of freedom
With feet made famous by another
Forgiven yet still paying the price
                      of mistakes the faulty brush made
On a borrowed canvas

To be as free as the singer is to vamp
Yet frozen in the confines of meter
Refusing to sell out to the barbaric public
Yet needing to buy milk and eggs tonight
It’s an awkward life
Knowing the truth of how things work
           out to make us cookie cutter citizens
Wanting to be painters

22
Aug
07

Next

The day will come to embrace your seed
To look into the face of what you
                         could have become
A chance to nurture and create art
That transcends the reach of your hands

Farther, higher, more succesful they will go
If you do your job well and without fear
                         of falling again
Your blood will run and pump and flow
To the drum of persistance

21
Aug
07

Baby Steps

Wisdom gives birth to a specific lifestyle – it’s so easy to pick it out in a crowded street. Wisdom’s child has a certain color and smell about her. It’s a long way to sensory eutopia, but a short step away from failure…

21
Aug
07

Opposition

Music
Transient Communication
Inspiring, Breathing, Expressing
Harmonious Passion – Dissonant Lover
Restricting, Forbidding, Condeming
Creativity Confined
War




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