Month: February 2018

day 48

daily poem / poetry blog

R.I.P (an) ending. Storm ripped through your heart morning light debris   hail-smashed sunflowers + fallen oak limbs   puddles drowning grass baby bird thrown from nest Devastation   destruction what a wreck   gardenias trampled by rain   feet dreams beaten   iridescent turquoise-winged butterfly feelings   stopped dead don’t fret    Breathe clear the carnage   plant new basil and  ruby roses. Bees will return (gardens are resilient like that) kathryn lyster

day 47

daily poem / poetry blog

gone he left a bright blue    bucket on the sand towel shirt spectacles jangle of keys inside i saw him swimming in the crashing winter swell rolling over great whale waves he never came back we read about him in the paper the man who swam beyond the breakers to touch the weeping moon. kathryn lyster

day 46

daily poem / poetry blog

autumn  Where did all the sugar go? Sweet honey syrup plum juice? Where is my ripe fruit?    It’s cracked seeds &    dry skulls around here Husks of brighter summer     sun on skin     Long gone. Bare knuckles grinding quiet    songs on fading wind.  Pebbles rocks    stones underfoot Thick roots pushing to bone. kathryn lyster

day 42

daily poem / poetry blog

Your place Running late to meet You    imagine your head Between    ah   slow smiling Eyes  tickle    up my spine Heart hammers   as I get Close   Pause   outside your Door.  Breathing  hard    jasmine Fills everything.    Steady myself Let the flush fall off my cheeks Be fashionably late   make you Wait   walk around the block Once     twice Then knock. kathryn lyster

day 38

daily poem / poetry blog

Desire Watching   jungle  plants grow in my apartment in giant round pots & tiny glass bowls,   relative to their distance to the windows, how they snake up / stretch down, they are always reaching     like us    trying to reach   the light. kathryn lyster

day 36

daily poem / poetry blog

sleepless yellow bloodwood resin    climbing pumpkin vines +   buttermilk  bell flowers    sprawled  in soft white sheets pink mouths devouring hot tongues    molten hands on sticky   thighs     fingers open to the sun. kathryn lyster

day 31

daily poem / poetry blog

journey home ferry    ride across Sydney harbour  Glass city painted against cerulean sky    Peacock blue water plummets White sailboats sliding through   Grey gulls pivet dive dip infinite currents     my tired mind     cannot see. kathryn lyster

day 29

daily poem / poetry blog

curl curl A woman slips serenely into the wave pool, 80-something & smiling like she knows something we don’t. A beige bathing suit sheer in all places, Orange tassels constellation of freckles vivid under flooding light. A scowling man complains loudly to his wife, ‘Just look at her!’ I want to applaud the mermaid, not man+wife. kathryn lyster

day 28

daily poem / poetry blog

done wish i could take back the    champagne catalogue     magazine collage    of hurtful things. NOT so i      could do it       ALL again differently,   just so i could   NOT do any of it     at ALL. kathryn lyster

day 26

daily poem / poetry blog

garden wet earth after rain   high river clambers over stones scent of damp undergrowth    leaf litter rotting fungi spores in old wood burrowing     bugs beetles   worms rabbit foot & bird’s nest ferns      elkhorns soaked through  delicious monsters            catching  waterfalls with      wide            green hands     history      caught burying secrets      in the ground. kathryn lyster

day 24

daily poem / poetry blog

instagram in recent photographs i saw online you look like no one i know, like a person i have never met. these pictures confirm it, the you i knew’s all Gone, & i have mourned you as if there had been a death. kathryn lyster