Showing posts with label Heartbreak. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Heartbreak. Show all posts

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Mariner's Astrolabe


I’ve lost all sweetness

that used to drip

off my tongue,


and you harbor

a hive of ghosts

of my wrongs.


I can’t see my way out of this,

when they’ve come out

of your mouth like fog.


So, I am lost,


of us,

the sky a darkening bruise,


no astrolabe,

no lighthouse,


to the spent-match orb

you call

your heart.



© 2024 Jennifer Wagner



Since I, somewhat jokingly, challenged Shay to write a poem about something she claimed she had nothing to say about (astrolabes), I felt it was only fair if I do it, too.


Her poem, which of course smokes anything out there because she’s just that good, can be found here.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Prince and me, circa 1977

He was puffy and fluffy
and rarely barked.

I was in the car
that ran over him
the night he died. Six years old

and sitting in the backseat
between my mom and Shirley
as we headed out for dinner. Louie’s Chinese.

Shirley’s husband, Harry,
was the driver. A sweet, adorable man.
A diabetic whose foot later developed gangrene.

He felt terrible, of course.

I felt indescribable.

How do you say
how you feel,
your first prince’s yelps
stinging everything?

© 2015 Jennifer Wagner