NEW POETRY: Pretend


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PRETEND

The night sky
Is outside
my lace-curtained windows
I see
My small life
Insignificant to many
Yet I breathe
Cry
Grieve
Why must being Human
Mean being Frail?

I miss you
Reach for you
Like the Moon
does so the Earth
So far away
and yet
Close by
Too many days
It hurts

To touch you
To feel you
To know your breath again

I can’t see
Your face
but every now and then
The clouds pretend
The clouds pretend
I pretend

For one moment
what I wouldn’t give
To feel your arms around me
Sneak up on me
Tickle quick
Laugh and I’d be Happy once again

It’s just not fair
I know I’m Greedy
Of you
I’ll never have enough

But every now and then
The sky tries to comfort
It lets
the clouds pretend
Oh how the clouds pretend
I pretend

c2015 GC Cameron
For Audrey with thanks for sharing Zman

NEW POETRY: Double Nickels (Everything’s Gonna Be All Right)


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DOUBLE NICKELS
(Everything’s Gonna Be All Right)

Double nickels
Stop your whining
The casino says
it’s my lucky day
Put ten in the tank
A tight skirt on my ass
The slots are three exits away

I see heavy drops
of snow falling down
but only over my left eye

Wink wink
Nudge nudge

Four hours til the sun comes up
Everything’s gonna be all right

I’m warned some sports bras
will give me a Uniboob
deterring my flirting any at the gym
I’m more worried about
my weak right side
Avoiding my bed
because I’m lonely inside
and dying without being kissed

Birds keep me company
Dogs warm my feet at night

Four hours til the sun comes up
Everything’s gonna be all right

McKuen, you died too soon
I wanted coffee and cats with you
on Stanyan Street in the late afternoon
We poets know shadows and light
say more than frail failing bodies
ever do

My birthday comes
without fanfare or stars
romance or candlelight
The wind will howl at my door
I’ll step out and say hello
to the flurries
offered
Intricate, Intimate, Sublime
I’m scared half to death
Resilient resentful and yet
Grateful
for this precious night

Four hours til I see the light
Everything’s gonna be all right

c2015 GC Cameron
Inspired by “More Than a Whisper”
by Nanci Griffith

NEW POETRY: Oasis


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OASIS

Daylight
Coffee
You pour another cup
The cat takes a sip too
I look up at the stars
Wonder if your chair
holds you
as well as it did

That night
You giggle-grinned
when I bowed
Sovereign-low
to drink of you

Your cavernous hips
cradled me
thrusting
in salacious delight

Does the chair
ever miss me?
(I know you don’t dare)
Do you shudder wet
at the memory
knowing
You walked away
too soon?

You never sipped of Me
My Depths so seemed to terrify you

Someone Else
will find home now
Where you dared
not to

c2015 GC Cameron

NEW POETRY: Diamonds, Amethysts, and Opals


DIAMONDS AMETHYSTS and OPALS

I have always
done it for you
I accepted
the name “Hell”
repeatedly bestowed upon me
all and ever too often.

As God in the Faith
of both your father and I
is the maker of all things
as well
Grantor of Redemption
I hoped
I tried
I’ve moved ahead of Sisyphus
(Nobodys’ told you, have they)?

Where are you, then?
How DO the walls of Jericho
come down?
I’ve crawled far longer
than 7 years on my belly
to reach Humility
Safety and Good Health
and FINALLY found it
(Why aren’t you proud)?

Where is the fire in you
that is from me?
That yearns for more
than horrors fermented
Incessant and painfully?

I pray
I reach
There is more than this distance

You alone
taught me to look
Beyond Afraid

You too
It’s time now
I plead
Do the same
Together, Triumph
Overcame
Sing, dance, laugh
once more
We
Daughters of Tragedy
Diamonds Amethysts and Opals

c2015 GC Cameron
for The Miracle & The Angel

NEW POETRY: Rise


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RISE

step Step STEP
RUN
Stumble
fall
then Cry
Not every person
is your friend
Not every line
a Lie

My heart
Loves so much
(and No
Age DOESNT make us
Wise)

On my sleeve
with skinned knees
I hurt
I sob
I Rise

c2015 GC Cameron
With thanks to BP

NEW POETRY: Cardiology


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CARDIOLOGY

Daddy
Go
Wait
Please don’t
Neither Heaven nor Hell
are ready yet

Breathe
Sigh
I no longer
wonder why
We’ve both ended up
with heart defects

They unite Us
though in our stubbornness
We’d rather be less alike
this way

Tubes
Blood
Under now
Into the Depths
hoping to surface again

c2015 GC Cameron
For GEJ Jr

NEW POETRY: Daughters’ Lament


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DAUGHTERS’ LAMENT

Oh no
Not again
Clear the air
Climb the mountain
for a better view
(Was it ever good
between Us
Me and You)
?

I stand up tall
Walk with books on my head
Never trip
Honor the poets you read

They’re dead now
You know
Can’t You love me
Instead
?

I mourn every moment
Step on eggshells
with every sentence

You are
the Mother
I never knew
(Wait…
Wait a second…)

c2015 GC Cameron
for Mom

NEW POETRY: Sweet Dreams


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SWEET DREAMS

I am
No longer
what you’d like me to be
I’ve spent my life
Running from my own
Hypocrisy
Now I’m here
and I’m standing
Knee-deep in the muck

Tears fall
I miss them all
The ones who couldn’t love

I talk
in contradictions
I walk in the Mystery
The lines often blur
between
Who I am
and
Who I want to be
I gave up
a long time ago
on trying hard to please
Every soul
Every heart
that I begged
to beat for me

I am
No longer
what you’d like me to be
I’ve spent my life
Running from Eternity
Time now’s a wastin
I just wanna play and sing
Kiss the moon
Cook a meal or two
and be in your sweet dreams

c2015 GC Cameron

NEW POETRY: Without Saying Your Name


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WITHOUT SAYING YOUR NAME

Driving through
my old neighborhood
Headed West at sunset
No one could ever guessed

What the radio played
What the DJ said
Cross the river
Cross the tracks
I won’t ever let
You back into my life

My heart is broken
Who gives a damn
Everybody wants me
to break down
but only
between nine and five

What the holy book said
What the llama prayed
Write a goodbye note
Write a pouty poem
I won’t ever let
You obscure the Sun

Again
Again
I’ll Love Me
Again
Dry my tears
Take out the trash
I look back
with no regrets
but I can’t quite
Embrace Today

I’m gonna be ok
It’s what the radio played
What the llama prayed
What the light promises
If I wish upon a star
Without saying your name

c2014 GC Cameron
With thanks to Diane H

NEW POETRY: What Gold I Found


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What Gold I Found

I sanitized
a bit Today
Screwed up my face
Set out to erase
references and traces
of what you said
You are
but clearly
Aren’t

Gulp
Gasp
Sit down in the sun
Like a miner
Panning through rock
I’ve sifted through
All that you brought me
Kept what little
Gold I found

I ache
for the sting
of a cold wind
to dry tears
Obscuring
my view of Wow

Bravery
Dignity
There are no Endings

I dust off
scraped knees
Straighten up
Begin to walk

Sure
Enduringly
Life finds a way
as I will
to go on

c2014 GC Cameron

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