Patience

a rose or something
forming in my mind
fuzzy or maybe
more than one thing
at once
the allure … obvious
— in that trite-cliche
symbolism way —
amusing and elusive
rich inner self
punctuated by
amusement
mischievousness
tragi-comic cruelty
energy tamping down
impatience

a spider or something
forming in my mind
more than one thing
for sure
nothing at the
same time
spirit animal
spirit arachnid?
spirit, claimed
grandmother web-weaver
watching over
manipulating threads
web of webs
methodical accidental art
sustenance giver
home, death trap
energy squashing
unspent fear

a fire or something
forming in my mind
no doubt who she is
–not what you think–
she and I know though
she wants to tell on me
hot little flame that
threatens to burn
my retina
from the inside
we dance
I give her fuel
but never enough
she consumes my
oxygen
but never too much
effort to stifle apology

in my mind, a field
sun and a cool breeze
laughter and love
wet, sea-tainted air
a bright August day
in the distance
decades
lovely and
reassuring

patience

(c) 2013

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