Friday, June 17, 2022

Stone Soup Croutons, 6-15-22: Hearings

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.
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It was back to the Zoom on Wednesday. It's good now that I'm mixing live shows with online readings. The diversity alone makes me feel a little refreshed going forward with Stone Soup.

This week provided one of the strongest cases to keep the Zoom gatherings going thanks to C.C. Arshagra, who provided poetry from Heidi Kasa and T.A. Niles courtesy of his ongoing online experiment The Human Room Open Voice. 

This, along with the strong work from our regular poets, was a unique experience. It definitely affected this week's poem. I hope I write more like it. Thanks for reading. 


Hazmat suits do nothing
to protect you from 
next outbreak of
hospital bills. 

Is that what they're 
fighting over upstairs?
Who watches, 
keeps score?

Which one will utter
a forbidden word first,
turn ass by way of
lost face?

Grievances torn
up to bleed out like
milkweed, ground 
stomped on like uterus.

Shouts over theory
of the one everything
just to ask where
burred bodies are. 

Miles to go before
anyone sleeps. 
Tonight, everyone
is a rebel army hiding.

Everyone is a cat
biting dog or a 
dog biting cat. 
Where's the story?

Every cause is a lost
relative lionized
after meeting once
drunk at reunion

Every relative is
'50's pop song 
feigning innocence
to prom dressed daughters.

Every old wife is 
a prisoner on parole,
ankle bracelets
on ring fingers. 

Every woman tries 
to keep uteruses still, 
neutral on train 
screeching to stop.

Yes, I counted the YouTube poets.

Special thanks to Bil Lewis, Jan Rowe, Ed Gault, Nancy Dodson, David Miller, Julianne Powers, Chris Fitzgerald, Carol Weston, Ethan Mackler, C.C. Arshagra (special mention to Heidi Kasa and T.A. Niles) and James Van Looy.

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