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Thursday, April 26, 2012

PAD DAY 26 - 3 ANIMAL POEMS


 DAY 26 - 3 ANIMAL POEMS


Daisy in the morning – an elephant tale

I don’t know if she really was
named Daisy behind a narrow
moat she stood with liquid eyes
watching

My father young and peanut
holding locked eyes lifted his
arm and like a master sorcerer
called ” Up Simba ” and she’d lift
Her majestic trunk and rise

Like a lifting building
Throw back her trunk
And blare a smile
Eyes locked as she

Lowered herself back to
the golden straw swirling
at her ankles and reached
With the delicate pink of roses

As sound and passion
echoed bouncing from
the walls that melted
in my trembling chest
And she reached

To my.upturned hand
And eyes still on my
father gently, oh so
sweetly, picked-sucked
the peanuts away

with laughing eyes
tickling my wet palm
delicate as dew on a
blossom

regal Queen honored
me at my father’s request
and the walls melted

Maybe it only happened
Once, maybe it was happenstance
but still I see their eyes and
feel the tile walls melt
shimmering away and

Somewhere we stand
Daisy, my father
and I
forever
free

A glorious trunk
raised in blaring
welcome as birds
lift from the trees
and red dust swirls
about my ankles
in the mist of an
ever equatorial morning







“Black Beauties”

“animals” she called them
on first day driving
sighing sanctimonious
tapping red wrapped
fingernails against

her smirking teeth
“lucky to have her”
she sighed
these “black beauties”

these third-grade-children
in the long ago charge
of one red-lipsticked
hatred-heinous

teacher

unfortunately
no twilight zoned
signpost signaled
only a cancelled carpool
consequence

and time passing
an errant dodgeball
to her empty head
dangled snatched disability

discharging her
into the wild to
roam her jumbled jungle
of manufactured malice memory…

twenty-five children saved
not unscathed
but free
nonetheless
from one scathing
Serpent





fluff puff of coal smoke
drifted through the opened door
magic 

3 comments:

  1. some beautifully penned words here Pearl ... love Daisy, she's my ideal ... the serpent is drawn as evilly as I imagine her to be, and the 'ku? One of your unexpected kittens?

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  2. Aw thanks Sharon.. Means a great deal:) Delighted that you enjoyed Daisy - had fun with that one and the serpent is the kind of heinous heedless racism long ago but unfortunately still too present in city schools. Yes, the ku is of my one and only little coal puff now all grown up :)

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