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Samantha’s Daily Poem

March 25, 2014

A poet’s accomplice

We stand at the window
your head warming my cheek
your eyes darting carefully
from crow to crow
your ambitious new mind
hoarding this moment
as if you are watching
an important tennis match
reminding me
to draw back the shades
of my ordinary world
to look again
at these peculiar black arrows
flinging about the sky.

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March 24, 2014

A manifesto for the uncreative

When your brain
feels clotted as gum
just make something

steal an idea
and let your mind dangle
in the invisibleness of it

take your pen
or a tree
and stare at it
until it starts telling
you secrets

clap your hands
until they burn

you will unstick
only by prying
yourself open

and if all you find inside
are crumbs
then set the table
and feast.

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March 19, 2014


I tell you that this is
a very exciting story

in the way that parents
talk to kids
to get them to do things
like turn off the lights

and then I whisper
that I once auditioned
for the role of Dorothy
and came in second

I’ve been meaning to tell you this
ever since you fell in love
with the Wizard of Oz
so I tell you about the call-backs
and the way your granny
braided my hair

but it’s dark
because you turned off the lights
like I planned
so I didn’t see
that you were crying
until it was too late

I wish you had won

you sob this
into my body
not to comfort me
for this flood of grief
is for you

surprising us both
as it gushed out of the cracks
where your confidence in me
once held firm.

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March 16, 2014

Your super important thing

You peck at me
with the word


while I alternate
ignoring you and pleading
that I am trying to finish
something super important

and you tell me
that your thing
is super important too

so I take a deep breath
in that way
that is meant to show calm
but still looks annoyed

and I ask you what is
your super important thing

why do they call it a one-horse open sleigh
if it’s driven by reindeer

you look immediately relieved
just to have cast this mystery
out of your head
and into the deep waters
of an adult brain
that must seem to you
to have answers stocked like fish

so I tell you about
the two different songs
and then we cuddle on the couch
while my deadline
comes and goes
and I cast my own net
over and over
into your world
fishing for all your important things
I too often ignore.

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March 13, 2014


My ideas
like birds
snap their heads
this way
and that

a flock of them
flapping inside me

fierce and jittery
with wonder
at which of them
will survive.

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