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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Haircut and a new EPA

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cute fun fringes
frame my face
as clippings fall to
tickle my neck

but he trims with a machete,
blindfolded,
as dolphins die and
animals scurry from

burning trees
with no place to go.

fringed locks wilt in 100 degrees
and damp clumps stick
to my face

floating fine particulates

drop from the haze to

burn my throat and fill my lungs.

 

copyright Susan Stone 2018

Painted Man Face

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What does it mean when a little rescue
dog, who spent six years in a cage,
barks and growls at this watery
painted man face that is
propped up against
a white wall?

Susan Stone copyright 2018

Nothing To Say

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I stare at a white
piece
of paper,

not a word,
not a thought,

not a day goes by that
I don’t think about
what I would  say,

but today,

not a word,
not a thought.

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

Another Face

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I wait
for a cool breeze
to blow
away heat

that melts me.
A rushed face
drawing–
and it shows.

Out here,
me and the dog,
some frogs,
some chirping birds,

and another face
is done.

Susan Stone copyright 2018

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