Saturday, January 16, 2021

 Reprieve

Nothing quite compares to the night sky of my dreams. Constellations, planets, and stars are so large I can see even the most minuscule of detail. And let’s not forget about the colors of these celestial objects. Vibrant, and in every shade of the rainbow, I could gaze at them for hours, and sometimes, I do.

eyes closed
a little joy within
this ache

*Published in Issue 7 of the QuillS

Friday, January 15, 2021

 transfiguration

lit by the soft glow     of maple
candles adorn     this large tub
filled with rainbows     ricocheting
from quartz in every color     she
walks in     sits down beside me     smiling
a mother i didn’t know i had     wordlessly
washes my hair     hums a lullaby
in a dialect     before time became time
is of no importance here     i am allowed
to rest in the womb of this water     all night
if desired     she drops oil from cinnamon
clove and nutmeg     into my palm     and i
become the falling     Christmas Eve snow

*Published in Issue 1.35 of FEED

Thursday, January 14, 2021

 quarantine
the spider now
a friend

*Published by Haiku in Action on 1/14/21

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

 dust gathers
for once i am
fine with that

*Published in the January 2021 issue of brass bell: a haiku journal

Sunday, January 10, 2021

For the next seven days, the Tanka Society of America will feature my cherita on their Twitter page as a part of their 7 poems in 7 days project. Please check them out at @oftanka!

 still
a protest
your art and words

*Published by Haikuniverse (www.haikuniverse.com) on 1/10/21

Saturday, January 9, 2021

 the wind in my hair a dusting of moonrise

*Published by Cold Moon Journal on 1/9/21

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

 on the wings of a moth a poem

*Published by Cold Moon Journal on 1/6/21

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

the sound of paper drifting in the wind

 i wouldn’t say
i’m afraid

but i will say
i’m concerned

for what will
remain of me

when my life
comes to a close

will my art and words
enhance the senses

of another soul
seeking fullness

or will the catalogue
of my existence

fade into a drone
heard by no one

not even
the worms

*Published by Central Coast Poetry Shows on 1/5/21

Sunday, January 3, 2021

If you are on Twitter, make sure to follow the Tanka Society of America. They will be posting my tanka for the next seven days as a part of their 7 poems in 7 days project!

Friday, January 1, 2021

 sleater-kinney kind of heartbreak

it’s like when
you stroke your
thumb ever so
gently across rose
petals & no
words can describe
that sensation maybe
velvet comes close
but it’s still
insufficient & here
i am two
decades later trying
to describe what
she felt like
when she kissed
me quite unexpectedly
& i spent
the next day
trying to untangle
my stomach
branded myself
a sinner
not roses
between my lips
i felt shame

*Published in issue six of Stone of Madness Press

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

 grief tearing down these walls

*Published by Cold Moon Journal on 12/29/20
 a whisper
from Old Scratch
nuclear winter

*Published by horror senryu journal on 12/30/20

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

 gifts of grief

all colors are pastel
and jellyfish float

in a violet sky
the radio plays Brian

Eno along with
the comforting symphony

of crickets
the mall has always

been dirt-free
the daily news

is a loop of fresh lavender
 but there are no stars

& moon
no Kubrick

or Agatha Christie
in the hum of okay

fine thanks
you forget that you

are a flame who 
can birth suns

*Published by Rejection Letters on 12/29/20

Monday, December 28, 2020

 because you were always right at the edge of night

*Published in Issue 17 & 18 of NOON: journal of the short poem

Saturday, December 26, 2020

 solar flare
what you
couldn’t hide

*Published by Cold Moon Journal on 12/26/20

Friday, December 25, 2020

 each day
is now shorter and darker
let me
have a moment
with this dying rose

*Published in Issue #23 of Moonbathing

Thursday, December 24, 2020

 inhale
snow
exhale

*Published by Haiku in Action on 12/24/20
 perhaps it was only a dream where violet begins

*Published in Issue #1 of Bloo Outlier Journal

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

 i am also in the dark coyote’s howl

*Published by Cold Moon Journal on 12/23/20