Poetry

Unmet Expectations

Unmet Expectations

I didn’t know I
would

Grow to bloom
to be cut.

But I also
didn’t know-

I’d love how big she
smiled

When she looked at
all my petals. . .

The whole sun in her
one expression.

Or that I’d feel such
purpose

Held in the hands of
a gardener,

Gently transferred to
the water

To be seen on her
kitchen table.

Time slips away, or
does it really?

Didn’t it also give me
her smile?

A chance to be with
the gardener?

Grew, then bloomed,
was cut, then held.

I’ve been spent, and
I’ve been seen.

Lived with such great
light all along.

This is a vase,
not a coffin.

-S.V.F.

Poetry

Brilliant Speed

Brilliant Speed

This is wild,

Folding little clothes.

Laundry loads.

Baby soap.

Gummy grins.

Toothless smiles.

Skin on skin

To skinned knees.

Quick kisses,

They run away,

Just fine.

It’s brilliant speed.

And never getting pulled over.

And it’s madness.

And magic.

A high speed chase with time

That you lose,

And win

All at once.

-S.V.F.

Poetry

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Poetry

Stranger

When the edge of numbness wears off and there has been weeks or even years of healing, there is the awkward feeling of not belonging where grief first paralyzed you. And in this sense, I love the idea of being a stranger.

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