Friday, February 19, 2021

SAFE DISTANCE EDITION - Stone Soup Croutons, 2-17-21: Bloody

Stone Soup Croutons is a weekly poem I write using lines and impressions picked from Stone Soup Poetry's open mic readers and features. I figure out a title (and sometimes the rest of the poem) later. You can read the other ones I've done since 2015 here.

I also have an award nominated book out now collecting the best of my first year of poems. Click here to purchase it. 

zaji gave us a wonderful feature on Wednesday. A nice interlude before the latest winter storm. Thanks ot Tznya Pinchback for introducing us. Thanks to Martha Boss for stopping by! 

I wrote a Valentine-ish poem last week, but for some reason Patricia Carragon's opening poem made me want to do an anti-valentine poem. Took inspiration for the title from my favorite Valentine's-themed horror movie (or is there only that one). Yes, I'm blaming Patricia It's all I got this week. Thanks for reading.


Wear black for your
weekend long
Valentine's protest.

Enough silence
in one bedroom
to wake a baby.

Your online 
manifesto only 
visited by you.

Only black tie 
searches for 
a pole above.

sink dishes
away from view.

Eat junk food, watch
miserable people 
who know more.

Grandfather's wisdom
while shoveling
sums everything.

This is 
all so
f---ing stupid.

worst swear
was King drag.

Seeds of 
contempt will
take a while.

you will 
grow thorns. 

Sustained by 
lack of self care
like bare feet in snow.

Your rage makes
a poor kiln 
for soul's clay. 

All misshaped,
a too-tall
skinny ash tray.

Can honey
be balm
on ash pile?

Can hot sand
soothe these
scarred feet?

What kind
of normal 
do you want?

One with-
out memories
of crying?

Tznya Pinchback and Martha Boss abstained. 😟 

Special thanks to Ed Gault, Patricia Carragon, Jon Wesick, Chris Fitzgerald, Rusty Rose, Carol Weston, Nancy Dodson, Ethan Mackler, Black Byrd, Bil Lewis, James Van Looy and zaji.

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