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Flowers Open Up

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SECOND PRIZE WINNER

WHEN I REMEMBER THE TIME WE SPENT AT LAC EN COEUR I think about a one-room cabinwith smoke-filled raftersand the worn flashcards.My little brother was learning his abc’sand getting his q’s and p’s mixed up.He had to start over each … Continue reading

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BEST TEEN POET WINNER

CORONACATION Usually I pick at my nails until raw skin is revealed;But, I painted them blue this week.Last week they were purple,And the week before, yellow.The couch has a permanent dip in the middleFrom where I’ve glued myself all day—For … Continue reading

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No Argument

NO ARGUMENT First the facts Then the truth The facts speak For themselves The truth sits Silent In your throat Sensations Floating Unmoored An abandoned boat Washing to shore After a storm The facts warn The truth Already knows The … Continue reading

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Climactic

CLIMACTIC 42 million years ago Or so Two flies got caught In amber Whilst caught in each other And in something Unplanned A tiny grand window Into the sins Of ancient creatures Sticky with desire Now permanently frozen Forever on … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s Promise

YESTERDAY’S PROMISE What flows In the marrow of winter’s cold bones Flows in your own Veins of mystery Move the spirit In a flood through your body As you feel the pulse of blood surge Remembering love There’s more that … Continue reading

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What Remains

WHAT REMAINS There is a white, almost invisible line Where there used to be a thick, white scar And before that, an angry red numbness And before that The wound that opened For you to leave And be free of … Continue reading

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Appetance

APPETENCE We wait in line For the deceased To come to church To be laid to rest by the priest To become part of the body of Christ At the Feast of Saints As the woman behind us rises And … Continue reading

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Above Santa Monica

ABOVE SANTA MONICA The fire dancedAnd shoutedAcross the mountainSpewing colorIn a fountain of rageAs we drove throughSmoke and ashLike animalsIn a strange cage of flames The other animals diedNo one knew their names We search for the facesOf those we … Continue reading

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Garden Gate Keeper

GARDEN GATE KEEPER From the burnt grassHe staresAt the lush flowersIn her garden You see his faceHardenLike the wallThat stands between themAs if god had never seen themTogether The smoke of bad weatherPlumes and curls on the mountainWhere flags unfurled … Continue reading

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