2014 APRIL PAD CHALLENGE DAY 28: Almost Yesterday (Poem)

 

Midwest Storm Clouds April 27, 2014
Midwest Storm Clouds
April 27, 2014

Almost Yesterday

Sirens in the outfield,
storms are coming near –
spawning off tornados
and rustling up some fear.

Wind and hail behind us,
rain a silent ghost;
the clouds are dark and ominous
while for hours, no riposte.

Today the dust has settled
and fear has gone away,
grace and debris reminders
of an almost yesterday.

© LTM 04/28/14

2014 APRIL PAD CHALLENGE DAY 27: Early On (Poem)

Original Cookie Monster
Original Cookie Monster

Early On

I used to be afraid
of the Cookie Monster.
When I was very little
I would find him perched
atop my dresser
with a napkin
around his neck,
a fork in one hand
and a knife in the other
at bedtime.
He wasn’t screaming, “Cookie!”
He didn’t say anything at all.
He just stared at me
hungrily,
as the top half of him
(all I’d ever see)
seemed to inch
closer and closer
to me.
I had to be around three,
so I cried out.
Someone always saved me,
but the visions would
make me vomit.
After that, I’d pass out
and sleep,
and sleep…

Funny how the body
plays tricks on the mind
when you don’t yet know
the words to speak
or even that something’s
not right.

© LTM 04/27/14