Peace, Peace will Come/ Minor Losses

I have two poems on the Write Launch. Here they are:

Peace, Peace will Come

It is often
easier to write
the landscape
without the pollution

of people.
This hillside
was once
wild with color

Can you
imagine it?

Today, the violets
that took residence
in the shell casings
bloomed—

fashioning
flower pots
from the detritus
of war.

Can you
picture it?

This earth
will not pause
for our passing—
wind witnessing

that last
murder-suicide
with a sigh
of relief.

Minor Losses

I walk past his house
most days.
A pretty Cape
painted sky-blue.

He taught
at the college,
but was devoted
to his lawn.

Over the years
I watched
as he tried every
new remedy

for crabgrass.
I used to joke
that he only need
wait for winter.

We lost three
this month
in our aging
neighborhood.

Each got 200 words
and an unflattering
picture in the daily
no one gets delivered

anymore. Then
a few turns round
the sun for even
their echoes to vanish.

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4 Responses to Peace, Peace will Come/ Minor Losses

  1. maryrohrerdann says:

    Wow, Steve, these are splendid. . . can I have a bit of whatever you are on???

    On another note, glad to be working with you in resurrecting Out Loud. And Cynthia Mazzant now has a studio in Kelly Aly (behind Fraser garage) that will be available for readings. A wonderfully warm space!

    Mary Rohrer-Dann
    Author, Taking the Long Way Home, Kelsay Books, 2021
    https://kelsaybooks.com/products/taking-the-long-way-home

    “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
    Mary Oliver — The Summer Day

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    • stevieslaw says:

      Thanks Mary. I take two “despair” tablets every morning. Rite Aid has them right next to the “False Hope” Elixir. I heard about the new studio. I used to take Pilates there. Sounds good. I’n meeting with Pat and Lori tomorrow. I think there will be some new poetry opportunities at BAM too.

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  2. Gee, I wonder if CVS carries the “False Hope” elixir too. I can’t get to Rite Aid from here on my wagon with no back wheels. Good ones, Steve. Exceedingly optimistic.

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