The once in a century storm


•June 11, 2017 • 1 Comment

“I thought such awful thoughts that I cannot even say them out loud
because they would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of the cat dish.”
~ Anne Lamott

Reading her words I knew
she too was a softened soul
who had walked
the same, tortured journey.

Who life had driven up
onto the unexpected shoals
tossed and beaten…
buffeted by an enormous gale.

A “once in a century”
storm that throws you
to the edges of yourself,
in a singular moment.

Where life asks you for the
agonizing affirmation,
“do you still wish
to continue this?”

And after a prolonged
silence, knowing,
the inevitable outcome,
unwaiveringly you still say,
“yes”.

June 11, 2017
c.m.brooks

May seduction

•May 1, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Coaxed by spring’s wet warmth
May sprouts forth
blushing with pink seduction.

~c.m. brooks

If Vladimir Putin Wrote Poetry

•April 26, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I want to imagine that Putin
is a romantic and that he writes
poetry by candlelight.

That he dresses serruptitiously
in a velvet suit with a ruffed
collar like Cervantes.

I’d like to imagine he may be fluent
in Greek and perhaps
conversational in French.

I want to think he is a bad boy
but that underneath it all
he likes the feel of silk.

That for all his erudition he likes
to still seduce the ladies with
cheesy pick up lines.

I wonder if he loves to play with
alliteration? Or, whether he
prefers traditional rhyme?

Is he a fan of Bukowski, Dickenson
or Wilde? Or is Rumi, Basho
and Tagore more his style?

I want to take his tough guy
routine as bluster because
he doesn’t want people
to know he really loves
to write senryu.

April 26, 2017 By c.m. brooks

Silence that is more than we can bear

•April 26, 2017 • Leave a Comment

The fake or the faint they are nothing new to me.
They have circumambulate this silent path
you’ve marked out on the ground for decades.

So easy to tell what you have been thinking.
Impressed like an old wound on paper
your heart slowly emptied by time.

Words vanish, rebound off unseen glass
even in the quiet rain I cannot see you.
Mist swirling, broken only by the rough treeline.

You shrug your shoulders, moving away
your burden already more than you can bear.
Nothing I will say can touch you.

“Be there for me, just this once”, she asks.
“See me for who I am. Take care of me.
Please, just want me.”

Painful words falling on a deaf heart.
Because in the end, it is always the silence
that is more than we can bear.

2017 By c.m. brooks

Happy Dancers

•April 16, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Wind blown daffodils
with their skirts upturned
Spring’s yellow cabaret.

unbecoming

•February 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

We become
in the unbecoming

this winter
without a spring
this coffee
without a cup
this sun
without the moon
place of consonants
without vowels

there is
no adjustment
to being half
of a whole

or

the ground
falling out
beneath our feet
being bottomless
with no soft landing

hearts break away
into a future
where only
half
of everything exists

where we are
ALL
only
one breath
away
from
nothingness

In this unbecoming
we come to be.

2017 c.m.brooks

this … is not living

•July 7, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I
cannot
imagine
what
it
is
like

to live
with a target
on my back.

But
this
is life in America
if
you
are
Black.

July 7, 2016, by c.m. brooks