Soft Landing

Haiku Tuesday

Pause

System Check

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Palms?
          Sweating
Knees?
          Wobbling
Stomach?
          Squeezing
Tongue?
          Thickening
Cheeks?
          Reddening
Mind?
          Racing
Words?
         
                                                     Fleeing
All systems are a-go
Speech Time

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A Poet’s Practice

Poetry requires a nimble brain 
that can scale the synonyms
pivot on a dime to find the right word

contort the mind to mold metaphors
zig zag and shift phrasing
to layer sound that strengthens meaning

stiffness sets faster with each season
the will to write withers
daily disciplines dwindle

gotta downward dog by way back
feel the pull and the stretch
the pain will be worth it

(c) 2022 Sue Santiago all rights reserved

Reliability

Haiku Tuesday

Tax Time

HAIKU TUESDAY

I Write Poetry

While world players position
their pawns for battle,
I write poetry.

While a desperate mother steals
her children to safer borders,
I write poetry.

While young women are bartered
their dignity for dollars,
I write poetry.

While I pray for peace and purpose,
mine out the voice I've been given,
I write poetry.

To shine light into dark places,
distill hope in the hurt,
I write poetry.

©2022 Sue Santiago all rights reserved
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Line breaks

Winter Wayfarer

A Time to Dance

When news from my inbox
sets my feels a-whirling, my feet a-twirling
my pups content to craze by my side

it's near impossible to settle my mind --
my mettle is permitted to tarnish
for a day

Tomorrow the refresh button
will tire of my touch.
I'll ground myself, dig deep, press on.

But today I dance 
hopes high on cloud nine,
grateful I never gave up

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