Thursday, June 27, 2013

Full Circle from the High Road

You asked me how I felt,
after the year gone shipwreck
in the land of the malignant albatross,
and I could never answer you completely—
my chest too constricted, my voice,
mutilated and rasping in the wind.

You asked me how I felt,
and I have found words now,
though I have only wings for yesterday
fitted to fly in a sky I no longer believe in.

You asked me how I felt,
but I will hold my tongue
and watch patiently from my perch
the crow you will have to eat
nesting among wolfsbane and water hemlock,
while I am gaining strength to dip my feathers
and soar above the vultured horizon.

You asked me how I felt
and soon you’ll know
how it feels.

© 2013 Jennifer Wagner

For dVerse where Victoria has us writing anaphora poetry.

*wolfsbane and water hemlock are highly toxic plants.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Twinkling in the Midnight Blue(s)

That flicker in the
spaces between quivered breaths
calls to me on quilted nights.

Like stars collected
in a jar of lidless hopes,
each dark sky births want of you.

© 2013 Jennifer Wagner

This is my attempt at a Sedoka for dVerse Form for All:  The Princess’ Poem to her Secret Love.  Poet and host Samuel Peralta has invited us to try this rare form of unrhymed Japanese poetry consisting of two tercets with a scheme of 5-7-7 and 5-7-7 syllables.


evening lull
the steady creak – creak – creak
of the porch swing

© 2013  Jennifer Wagner

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Eeyore Drives a Minivan and Writes a Haiku

nobody notices
my windshield is a magnet
for rocks

© 2013 Jennifer Wagner

“This writing business. Pencils and what-not. Over-rated, if you ask me. Silly stuff. Nothing in it."  -Eeyore, Winnie-the-Pooh