Excerpts from Another's Treasure

Mrs. Parks's Bus

Inside the Lorraine Motel,
a relic from a bygone era
invites me to take a journey
     back in time–
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Blossoms

These street-wise youth have seen it all:

     violence
     grief
     poverty
     addiction
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Absolute Value


I much prefer my failures
to be bite-sized
     inconspicuous
     easily concealed
          when the unsympathetic
          look my way.
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Excerpts from Urban Verses

Location

They say I'm brave to live here-
A courageous soul, more so than most
And I believe that they intend it
As a compliment to me
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Puzzles

The Bible says, in Heaven there will be no night
But it's the approach of night, in all its many-colored splendor,
     That shows me God the Master Painter
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Momentarily Mom

Little Sweet One
Mine for one inexplicable instant
Hovering over my upturned palm
Like a distracted hummingbird
Pausing on the journey
From your first mother to your forever mom
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Out From the Shadow

Out from the shadow
Of a love that failed
I crawl
Cautious and slow
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Forward Progress


Flags and fumbles
Combine forces
To impede
My forward progress
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