Short Subjects 1

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Yule Tree

Dead conifer
rootless
gawdy
sacrificial tribute
to a long-forgotten time
days of glory
in the gutter
discarded.

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First Grandson

Gawking, giggling,
goochy-goo gobbledy gook,
grandparents greet
the God child
grinning gleefully

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Sky

Grey sky
eraser smudged
what a palette
for tomorrow's dawn

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Daydream

Random thoughts
rumbling from the back
of consciousness
glazed unseeing gaze,
or eyes closed,
solving universal mysteries
I daydream.

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Ingredients

MSG
BHA, BHT
Yellow V
Red G
Alphabet soup
yum!

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Drought

Dry, cracking mud-cakes
exposed after ages of sunlessness.
Fishbones glisten
lifeless as the empty reservoir.

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The Bus Ride

Voiceless, faceless,
swaying shoulder-to-shoulder,
knees bent
straining to keep upright
on the leaning turns,
bodies sharing too narrow a seat.
(Does my deodorant still work?)
Humanity commutes homeward
aboard a glass and steel box.
24 groaning tons
riding rubber-contained cushions of air,
breathing recirculating diesel fumes.
(no toll in the carpool lane)
I'm glad I'm not driving.