of Nolcha Fox
at the face of autumn. It robs the trees of velvet red and yellow gold. It locks the sun in a vault, and etches glass in snowflake whites and grays. It hides ice under an inviting blanket of white, and laughs at broken bones. It freezes late flowers foolish enough to drink the waning light. First snow wants to keep us home because it is a bully.
You’re too hot
and I’m too cold.
You open up the windows
in a blizzard.
I wear two thermal tops,
a sweater, coat,
and Sherpa boots
in summer when you
set the thermostat at 55.
My nose is always running,
my lips are cracked
while you go shirtless,
as you shovel snow.
Our marriage frozen solid,
about to crack wide open,
until we mediate
this climate crisis in our home.
and your need for me
crush my chest, tether me.
I tear at you, draw blood,
to fly free from you,
to fly above the clouds.
Marriage doesn’t suit the wind.
It can’t sit still, its whimsy
takes it anywhere.
It sticks its nose in every nook
and whispers secrets, bursts
with sudden violence.
It doesn’t care if you are ruined,
it has no loyalty.
You can’t domesticate the wind,
divorce is your best recourse.
Hope is a dope
to believe every crisis
is part of the plot
that will lead to an ending
takes a deep bow.
Hope jumping from rooftop
is certainly worse than
a bad case of clarity
ready for ultimate end.
You’re just a speck upon our rock,
surf and sky wide open.
The fog rolls in, envelopes you.
When it lifts, it leaves with you.
Perhaps you were a fantasy
bewildered eyes pulled from a dream.
I shuffle back to life of one.
Just in case, I leave the door
Blue Door and the Cat
Open doors beckon a curious cat
who wonders why metal
is skewered with holes,
if blue is just rust
or on purpose.
The doors do not answer.
The kitty gets bored.
The doors keep their secrets
They bust the door
and rush inside
without a wave hello,
too rude to sit for coffee cake
and chat about the
vegetables that grow
in my back garden.
They want to carry me away
in zipped-up bag and gurney.
They check their notes and see
they should be somewhere else, not here.
But heart attack and cancer
promise they’ll be back
What Will They Make of This?
If future archeologists
dig up a high school bathroom,
they’ll scratch their heads
in wonderment at what
they could have found.
The scribble etched
on every plane is crude
and rude, and heathen.
The artwork is uncivilized,
it’s not of this time period.
What are these seats
that open and are stuffed
with globby paper?
These savages should be deleted
from the human record.
I decide to bake a cake
with what’s left in the kitchen.
Who cares if sugar is all clumped
and flour has suspicious specks
that could be slowly moving?
Who cares that eggs were left
on top of the refrigerator?
Who cares that oil had long expired
and milk smells somewhat funky?
I’m sure the dogs will eat it all
when the cake falls on the floor.
Something Smells Funny
I’m in a rage,
smoke shoots out my ears.
Thoughts collide, they spark.
My hair’s on fire.
I’m the latest case
The rug burns black.
crisps and peels.
He calls out from the other room,
Do you smell something burning?
Did I Eat That?
My home is void of tasty food.
My pantry free of flour, sugar, chocolate
that could transform to dainty treats.
My shelves are gluten-free
and fat is banned from my front door.
But in my dreams, I load my plate
with jelly donuts, carrot cake,
granola, fudge, and cheesy bread.
I wake to find I’ve grown two sizes
since I went to bed.
My pants don’t fit above my knees.
I rip the seams of shirts.
Is that why DIET really means
Did I Eat That food?
I see your silver hair, your pale face,
the pain you drag across the floor.
You fade before my eyes,
I can’t keep you here.
Although we laugh around the line
that swells, dividing life and death,
I know one day, you’ll only be
another ghost that haunts
the shadows of my tears.
—Medusa, with thanks to Nolcha Fox for her fine poetry today. Nolcha’s latest book, Cancer Isn't Just A Constellation: Writing Through My Mother's Diagnosis and Death, was written during her mother’s illness and passing, and it’s available at https://medium.com/@nolchafox_14571/cancer-isnt-just-a-constellation-49edaf0a2862/.
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