A Room for Two

The room first held only two small boys
when those curtains were first hung.
It was the late forties and the pattern
reflected a somewhat modern take
of the times. They were still
there when as a tiny girl I
lost myself in daydreams
by the shapes and colors.

Oh the stories they could tell as
the room became crowded with
four more children–we sisters.
And before we got too big,
we were doubled up in beds,
sharing our too-tight space with
a sibling literally in our face.

As we grew older and had
more need for space, privacy
and autonomy, our dissatisfaction
grew also.

Summer nights brought
sweat and heightened emotions
as one small fan tried
valiantly to disperse the
anguish pent up in that room.

Bickering would escalate into
shouts and attacks. We were
cramped and forced into
togetherness that added its toll
to our lack of comfort.
We lashed out with fierceness.
We didn’t have the words to
express our grief and distress
but we did have our anger.

No one was exempt from
being pounded. Well,
except for maybe the baby.
Her quiet demeanor and
sweet innocence somehow
protected her from a lot
of the verbal and physical
abuse that we liberally
heaped upon each other.

The six of us “shared” that
one tiny room until we grew,
literally, too big to fit in it.
We overflowed out to the
couch which had a trundle
beneath so two of us could
sleep with a semblance of
having at least our own bed.
And out to the raggedy rattan
sofa on the enclosed porch with
the lumpy cushions that
gave me backaches as a teen.
I wanted no part of it.
I railed against the
injustice of my circumstances.

Living in those close quarters
was an agony that whittled
at my self-worth.
I knew my friends didn’t
live like I did.
They had rooms to themselves
or maybe shared with just
one other.
Their homes were quiet,
orderly places without
the noise…and drunk
parent laying passed out
on the living room floor.
I retreated until depression
and anxiety rendered
me mute and unable to
see a place where I belonged.

I remain a hyper-sensitive
person. Perhaps I’m better
able to sense when someone
else is hurting and can offer
some solace. And though I’ve
come a long way in my
understanding, even for those
who brought me suffering,
that small child can still emerge
and fall silent, not knowing
where her place is in the world.

Mary Kling hosts us at dVerse for Poetics where our topic is “Rooms.”  Please join us.  http://dversepoets.com/2016/02/16/poetics-room-with-or-without-a-view/


I tried my hand at writing senryu last night.  Don’t even know how to pronounce it.  Unlike haiku, but using the same number of lines and syllables, senryu subject matter deals more with human qualities…or foibles.


finger traces frown
simple touch forming a grin
wordless gaze speaks plain


head bowing in grief
surrounding activity
distracting tear’s fall


coffee break was stale
anger leaving it bitter
aroma left flat

  Photo:  Google Images


filmy floating gown
luring midnight seduction
dawn alone forlorn

Photo:  Google Images


glazing the raku
fired pot combusts a pattern
sawdust leaves its mark

Photo:  Google Images; Natureofclay.com


aged lonely woman
sweeping fallen autumn leaves
her eighty-fifth year

Natasha Head starts us off today with Open Link Night at dVerse Poets:  http://dversepoets.com/2012/08/21/openlinknightweek-58/

You’re Kidding!

You’re kidding me, right?

What you’ve done is absurd!

The whole country’s reeling

By what you’ve all done!

All twelve of you agreed?

Not one said, “No way!”

All the evidence laid out

You chose to discount

Common sense took flight

You couldn’t make the link?!

Three years for nothing

You’ve made us all sick!

I’m so disappointed

Frustrated too

I’ve lost my faith

In the justice system

Guilty people go free

Innocents get put in

I had hoped you would all keep

Caylee in your minds

My entry for Monday Morning Writing Prompt:  A Rant  http://liv2write2day.wordpress.com/2011/07/10/monday-morning-writing-prompt-a-rant/



Image via Wikipedia

Flashing angry eyes

Mouth curled in raging grimace

Ends with sobbing tears




Day Seven of Haiku Challenge:  http://pendownmythought.blogspot.com/


I’m Angry

Angry Talk (Comic Style)

Image via Wikipedia

I’m feeling angry and

my heartbeat is racing.

My blood is heated

and my ego is squirming.

I’m frustrated and mad

and feeling so sad

that I’ve fallen into

this behavior again.

I can’t seem to break

this habit of mine

that keeps me locked

tight and feeling unkind.

The words that heatedly cut,

come spewing forth.  And the

look on the face staring

back at me shows a

soul that’s in pain from

the discord he heard.

But even as I write that

I know it’s not true–our

souls are untainted and free;

it’s our egos that create

the sorrow we accrue

and bring us this karmic state.

It doesn’t mean that I’m

off the hook, as our egos

play tit-for-tat, but I want

to learn to be calm and steady

no matter the trying spats.

Open Link Night at dVerse Poets:  http://dversepoets.com/2012/02/28/open-link-night-week-33/

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