Saturday, November 22, 2014

Release the Dogs

Release the dogs.
You know you want to.
You can always say
it was an accident.
You forgot to lock the gate.
They escaped.
You never trusted them, anyway.
They were supposed to make you feel safe,
yet they never did.
All that howling at night.
Now’s the time.
Let’s see how useful
they are.
That thing in the back garden
looks dangerous.
Its teeth are sharp,
its eyes shine in the dark.
Still, your dogs are angry
and they haven't been fed for a while.

2014 November PAD Challenge, Day 22

Friday, November 21, 2014


South is a place on the map,
a promised land,
a dream.
North is in the past.
There’s no use dwelling
on memories,
no matter how bittersweet
they are.
is a pair of strong wings,
right here,
right now.

2014 November PAD Challenge, Day 21

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Bull

I will never admit
that I am colour-blind.
Red obviously means something
to you,
and who am I to disappoint?
your antics with that cape
are too good to miss.
As we dance together
one more time,
I will find your heart.
I know your blood is red,
even though
I am not quite sure
what “red” means.

2014 November PAD Challenge, Day 20

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Tiger

I never meant for any of this to happen.
I walked alone.
I always do.
The wind changed direction.
It brought me your scent.

2014 November PAD Challenge, Day 19

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Queen Bee

Walled in,
fed on royal jelly,
she is the mother of them all.
one day,
she gives birth
to a new queen.

2014 November PAD Challenge, Day 18

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Mole

I keep waiting and waiting,
but you don’t come.
It is so silent here.
I haven’t seen daylight
in weeks.
I exiled myself to this place
so that I could hear you
when you come.
You are not coming, are you?
There is nothing down here for me
and you are a liar.

2014 November PAD Challenge, Day 17

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Praying Mantis

She is the mistress
of understatement.
Maybe it was in a poetry workshop,
she is not sure,
but she remembers clearly
the lesson.
Though it is not easy,
you have to kill them:
the vague adverbs,
the boring descriptions,
the passives,
every single word
that doesn't tell the story.
And what did you think I meant?

2014 November PAD Challenge, Day 16.