Friday, March 29, 2024

Stone Soup Croutons, 3-27-24: Family Binds

Stone Soup Croutons is a weekly poem I write using lines and impressions selected 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 a book collecting the best of my first year of poems. Click here to purchase it.
Linda Carney-Goodrich featured at Stone Soup Poetry this past Wednesday. If you missed it, you should watch it now. After you watch it, you'd better buy her book.
Linda's poetry about her history of family and trauma (and family trauma) inspired me this week. 
I'd go into it more, but I'm excited to be finishing the poem this early in the day. Thanks for reading.

Family Binds
Amazon and the CIA,
wants your mom to invest
in more plutonium, now 
with added isotopes. 
Her dog controls her 
algorithm, the cat that
whistleblows was put out.
Mom says it's a chance
to stay around, get more
color, be noticed more
while staying at home
listening to music,
marking the anniversary
of staying alive, among
the sister hive mind,
brothers never called out,
uncle with the porn cache
unearthed while helping
his grandkids track Santa.
Another year of fighting
for steady breath, remaining
long enough that someday
she'll finally say she can't 
stand any other them.

Special thanks to Jon Wesick, Jan Rowe, Bil Lewis, Richard Spisak, Ken Johnson, Ryann Timmons, Ethan Mackler, James Van Looy and special feature Linda Carney-Goodrick.

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