Speak Easy Poetry Open Mic (6th anniversary)
Small sliver in a grey river shrivel and shiver, trampled, please deliver us warmth if just for a moment, if you would Drench with comfort, dry with love, only for a moment, only if you could. I’ll get your weak wisping hair from my eye when I take the blade to my scalp & shave from myself my need for a better me for you you will see The truth in your eyes my love in your heart Someday will be far away but now —now is most precious for new beginnings there is no other time In this moment, we are finding ourselves anew, changing evolving discovering who we are together in this world of individuality Lines blur emotions blend and identities meld as we all change we lose and gain Gain love, lose friends growing and aging is who we are, as humans Safety no matter the cost We lose a lot and gain a lot but love is always around I want to love you guy’s a lot even the people I don’t know
Exquisite corpse: (from the French term cadavre exquis), A method by which a collection of words or images are collectively assembled. I collected these poems as I traveled through Kansas. These poems are written collectively by Kansans at readings, open mics and workshops. The titles of each poem are the locations and dates where they were assembled. They are part of Exquisite Kansas, a collection to be published at the end of my laureateship.