Baby Grows Up

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A baby boy dressed in tiny
blue jeans and a tee that reads
‘I love Momma’,
takes a wobbly first step

and falls.

A man in a stiff white shirt and
pinching shoes
steps up to the
door of suits and paychecks
and turns the knob.

It’s locked.

But Momma knows
if her baby falls
he gets back up
and he will fall

and he will get back up
and he will
learn to run.

Copyright Susan Stone 2018

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a cat with claws
in the center of the dog park
all eyes on the cat.

 

copyright Susan Stone 2018

The Long Shot

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squinted

eyes focus on
the target,

a miss,

far from the
mark,

the  journey,

through an unpaved path
lead by your heart,

bravely,

show your work
with eyes open,

paste

on a smile
when words aren’t
kind,

pull

yourself
from the bed–

do it all again.

Susan Stone 2018 copyright

Delightful Faces

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from
cheap paper
lopsided eyes stare—

lush lips lock away a secret,
a funky nose blows away
the blues.

and here is joy
to draw,
to create

delightful faces.

Susan Stone copyright 2018

Home

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Freedom is
written

above
a lopsided roof
that reaches to touch it.

children’s
voices echo,
day 1,2,3,4

through walls
and out of
crooked windows.

Imagine,
a home for everyone.

susan stone copyright 2018

Twins

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Twins

He stares from the front,
in Edwardian bloomers,
a midnight coat of wrinkles and
a boy’s bowtie that dips to the left.

She stands next to him,
hidden under an enormous ribbon,
drowning in a heavy Sunday dress
with a waist that drops.

He doesn’t reach for her,
instead, he puts his hand behind
his back as if this act will
break the twin connection.

I don’t know this girl frozen
in age spots but I love the woman
who lived her life. The other,
I know only from this moment.

He lives on stained paper
from decades of yesterdays,
a fading reminder of
a part of you I didn’t know.

Susan Stone