Dead of Winter

Dead of Winter
Poem by: Basheesima

Beech leaves still on branches—
Dry, pale and they clatter in the wind—
Coming from where the moon rides the sky.
On dirt road, car tires squeak on snow.
A big black dog barks.
Waves batter a frozen shore.
In moonshine, loose snow travels over night-white fields—
With the brilliance of diamonds in sunshine.
Two birch tree’s limbs break.
An old woman coughs inside the house where a wind chime hangs.
Coyotes howl.
A mouse crawls under the snow.
Never knew of the Owl’s deadly blow.

Note: Fifteen years ago I read about being able to see the imprint of an Owl’s wings in the snow, usually best seen in the month of march where I live. This year is the first year I have seen it.

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Poem By: Basheesima

Tread toward pictures
perilously embedded in the mind.
Embark into a dazed
depicted fantasy.
Walk through a bridge, and
look at waters above spill words down a waterfall
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from mislaid moments
Stay a part of a past
Then, let go,
Begin to be,
Not afraid to know,
Where you went, where you go.

Wings

Wings
Copyright by: Basheesima

Lady on the wall, dance in pictures
Moonlight casts, your ebbing mask.

Cold floor at your back, reflections tarred and black
Let your devils shed, undefined in your head.

Hanging another notch, to your dangling rope
Is…there…no…hope

I look down your in my arms, grasping for the wind
In my arms, I pray for wings.
I look down your in my arms, grasping for the wind
In my arms, I pray for wings.

Breath is still, shivers in the chill
Half-split moon, ladies on the wall

There…in place…dancing inside…my face.

I look down your in my arms, grasping for the wind
Lady give me dancing wings,
Promised for her
I’d do special things.

You’re not in my arms, grasping for the wind
You’re not in my arms, gasping for the wind
God, I pray he gave you wings.