“Lucidity”

 

 

 

 

LUCIDITY

 

Seems we spend
our whole lives
looking
toward the light
better to
avoid
or to
confront.

Go for the better
good better best
no rest
just
looking
for answers
in the forest
in the flames.

Move backwards
in time now
looking
history
repeating
never
again
and again.

What a horrible year
it has been
there’s a deadline
looking
for tomorrow
light wishes
lucid thoughts
from these dark and bitter times.

 

– Diane Sophrin   (with nod and apologies to Ken MacInnes)
  Vermont, 11.9.19

 

 

 

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11.8.19

“Time”

 

 

 

 

TIME – II

 

It’s a grim time
no doubt about it
hard to tell though –
mine
the globe’s
maybe of the cosmos
or in crashing unison
a harmony of darkness.

Digging deep in
the black soil
shovels-full
answers
coming faint
like the washed-out footprint
of some small animal
use it up!

 

– Diane Sophrin.
  Vermont, 9.18.19

 

 

 

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“When”

 

 

 

 

WHEN – III

 

When did we get old she asked him
I know
when
my parents died
lined up one by one
they did at
the exit door and
then just left and
I moved up
the reception line
outstretched handshake and
me next
it was that simple.

I’d been spared
acquaintance till
then lucky
me unknowing me
grandmas grandpas
occasional uncles
far-flung cousins
dear ancients so
nearly immortal
they didn’t count as a
brush
with
death.

 

– Diane Sophrin.
  Vermont, 9.16.29

 

 

 

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“Fledglings”

 

 

 

 

FLEDGLINGS

 

Look in vain for the humour
giggling irreverence
deep chuckling
swirling bouyancy
No
not even sharp dark wit
nor black cynicism of survival.
No
too serious this time
this wall we’re backing up against
turn around and see –
invisible yawning hole
gaping wider and wider before our eyes and
through the chasm
plunge to unknown depths
arms and legs flapping
like pathetic featherless fledglings.

 

– Diane Sophrin.
  Vermont, 8.31.19

 

 

 

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“Nero”

 

 

 

 

NERO

 

Life as we know it is over
or haven’t you noticed?
O frog in the pot
heating
simmering sizzling
until – Grenouille!

Or else you’re trying
with might and main
to not
notice
since
pretence
is survival.

Or
on the other hand
if there’s still another hand
it’s – what else?
your money!
buying
blissful
coveted
insulation.

 

– Diane Sophrin.
  Vermont, 8.24.19

 

 

 

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“Triumph”

 

 

 

 

TRIUMPH

 

Triumph
the words are coming now
Triumph
against all odds
wrestling with the Lies even
pressed into the face
into the mud
none is none

Evil
enough to make you gasp!
Evil
against all odds
fighting the Good Fight even
for the pure righteousness of it
shoulder to shoulder
One is One!

 

– Diane Sophrin.
  Vermont, 7.30.19

 

 

 

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