Photos for January Stones and April PAD 2012 property of M J Dills (exception 1/16)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Weather Balloon

A narrative poem about a

Weather Balloon

It was dusk and sure, we were tired. Just kids, they said.
We sat around the kitchen table, weary
after skiing all day and walking home in
heavy boots, skis and poles hefted on shoulders and
almost empty knapsacks slung over aching arms. Perhaps
we were affected by some brandy we pretended
we didn’t drink or possess but that was
hours ago
and our heads were clear. Clearer than those
who had wisdom with age.
Whatever it was, it flew. It hovered and
Don’t cause trouble, we were told. We weren’t
afraid, we said. It didn’t scare us, we said, and
You don’t either.
The back yard was lit up by a January full moon.
Sheriff said It was a weather balloon.

He smoked cigarette after cigarette and
tapped the red formica with his pointer finger
every time he talked. Our feet itched
from woolen socks and our joints ached from
all day up in the valley.
It was a flash over our heads and then it
like it was looking at us and then it shot away
and held a space over the elementary school.
Then it went straight up. Hot
chocolate went cold and had an
unappetizing scum on top, lifted off
in one piece with a spoon.
It must have been a weather balloon.

The wash machine in the basement shook
like it was walking to Port Mary. Sheriff said
Can you turn that thing off, and
shoved butts around in the
ashtray. It was fast, faster
than anything we’d seen. No,
it was not a plane, sir.
The phone rang it was Teddy’s mom saying
There’s school tomorrow…
Can you send him home soon?
We must have seen a weather balloon.

We were just kids and we could hardly
know what we were talking about. Maybe
we were making it all up and
Plates with biscuits and gravy
were sat in front of us. We picked
and muddled. Why did they
call this old man to question
us? He was a buffoon.
He just knew it was a weather balloon.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Big of Small

The smallest things
happen in a short
period of time and
we find our lives changed in
a big way.
The human blink is a
fraction of a second.
The trajectory of a bullet
can’t be changed once it’s released
but it takes almost no time at all to
pull a trigger.
A germ can float around forever
and land in a healthy system
with less time than it takes a
hummingbird to
The word
is one of the shortest in any language,
yet it can create the longest sentence,
as can a
The biggest things that happen in life
are often committed by the most
minimal acts.
We are all created in
less than a minute,
less than a second,
just a wink of an eye.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

PROSE Acrostic

Poets, writers and lyricists are ultimately
Responsible for everything magical, historical and imagined that
Occurs in and out of the world and common
Sense tells us that words are not only
Essential, without them we would be nothing


Challenge of

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Thursday, June 16, 2016


I don’t have personal history so
I can’t truly speak of inner and
constant fear,
threat to safety,
misery of concealment.
What I have is familiarity,
memories of mirror balls and strobe lights,
techno decibels and Gloria Gaynor,
beautiful sweaty bodies,
glistening with rendezvous and desire,
walking home in a tropical dawn,
laughing with my gay boys, arm and arm,
one last cigarette and
maybe a splash in the pool in the dark.
Gathered in clubs with smiles large and
laughter unbound,
modified salsa way past midnight.
Never a thought of danger,
nor an allusion of dread,
no panic, no fright.
Shaking the images in my imagination
is not a simple process.
I can no way comprehend
the terror.
I cannot accept the anguish.
These feelings of loss and sorrow
are not mine personally but
they could have been
We could have been
My mourning is not extinguished.
My grief is still twirling on the dance floor.

Orlando June 12 2016

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Monday, June 13, 2016


They told me M&M’s melt in your mouth and not in your hand.
And then they told me that Jesus loves all the little children.

Harsh reality is when you realize the teachers are not on your side and the principal is not your pal.
Boys only want one thing. 
That was wrong, too. 
They want much more.

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(From Prose Prompt June 13, 2016)

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The prompt for this Wednesday is to write a poem about something that is Nothing Important

Saturday is your birthday. 

How could you think it would be important to me? 
It is certain to me that there is nothing important 
about my celebrations that make you 
notice insignificant numbers 
that rotate on your calendar. 
Days, months, years pass and the vacuum grows. 
Someday it will be a cave for me to fall into. 

Saturday is your birthday. 
I will go to sleep Friday with birthday cakes, 
old photos, labor pains and 
the scent of vernix filling my dreams. 
Saturday night I will sleep with a different type of ache. 
I never lost you because we don’t lose some things; 
they simply develop a distance and 
then we mourn in a visceral way. 
Living, parting and dying are on the same path 
and though it is certain to me that there is nothing important 
about your celebration that I would be a part of, 
I can keen if I want to. 

Saturday is your birthday. 

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

June 5, 2016 A Poem about LOVE and OTHER Things

Babies and young lovers 
kiss in much the same way. 
Open mouthed 
full of love 
willing to take in everything. 
When does the face seal up in a manner 
to stop the flow of 
love and knowledge, 
vulnerability and tenderness? 
Why do we become guarded, wary, 
timid and judgmental? 
We begin life, 
with submission, 
rolling onto our backs, 
exposing the soft flesh of our bellies. 
Then we turn to jade, 
a process that involves betrayal, mistrust, 
little murders 
and colored lies. 
We die, 
tightlipped, underwhelmed, 
secrets buried; our goodness 
tied up in old photos, 
winners’ ribbons, 
perfume tainted with age.

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