100 Million Girls is an upcoming collection of 50 eye-opening and poignant poems that explore how women are celebrated, minimized and ultimately exterminated in an unprecedented half of the world radically changing the population of the planet. It should be available later this year.
Below, are some of my other poems.
Placed as Juried Poet in the Houston Poetry Fest 2011
we planted years ago.
We’d sit in white wooden rockers
on the front porch and talk about the old days
as our lives gently slowed down.
We would talk about our kids, our grandkids,
our husbands; all the big and small things of life.
We’d laugh and cry after years of nonstop
deadlines, duties, diapers and bills
that never left time for just being together as sisters.
had been hollow for years, disease ridden.
I should have known it was a sign;
she seemed so hearty, so alive
but in the end, she was hollow too.
I miss her. I wish she were here,
so I could ask why she had to
go so soon and why,
oh God, why
she had to
Published in the Poetry Society of Texas' Book of the Year 2013
First Place Monthly
Lately he’s been almost flirty.
I suspected he finally had an interest in me
after all these years,
with barely a grunt,
or a nod my way.
It was touching.
My car in his shop,
we talked for the first time
in fifteen years.
He observed that my car
was really nice for its age.
I reminded him my car had
only been cared for by him.
He smiled and mentioned it had a few scratches.
His intense interest and conversation seemed obvious.
Yes, I was older and had a few miles under my belt.
Like my car, I was in really good condition
for my age and he liked me.
I flipped my hair behind my shoulder
feeling appreciated by a man
who knew what true beauty was.
Ahmed’s next words shocked me, cut me to the quick,
He asked if I would consider selling my car.
I cocked my head to one side,
stared in disbelief, my cheeks flushed.
So, it’s come to this,
my dented old car
is more of a man magnet than me.
Published in the Poetry Society of Texas' Book of the Year 2013,
Winner of the Ted. O. Badger Award
We are in Day 6 of the Bastrop fire. Now, there are offers from the Texas State Bar for legal help, photographers to help with lost treasured photos, free clean up supplies by Home Depot, low cost or free housing by the Realtor organization in Austin. Offers of still more pastures for horses or cattle and fund raisers by musicians continue to come in. Church groups went house to house in the Stiener Ranch fire after the people were let back in with offers to take out the rotten food and give them bags of groceries. (Even those homes not destroyed were without power for a couple of days and in the Texas heat most had rotten food when they returned.)
I dedicate this to all of the fire victims in Texas. Life dealt you a rough hand.
Published in Best Austin Poetry 2010-2011
First Place Austin Poetry Society
Published in The Enigmatist 6th edition, 2011.
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