Saturday, July 31, 2021

The Garden Feminine


"Roots" 1943 by Frida Kahlo

Where the sea died, and the mind shriveled,

I rooted myself in the dire tread of human footprints,

and defied misogyny to regenerate the heart of Eve’s Garden. 

©Susie Clevenger 2021

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Treading Plastic


"Hello (Hello)
I'll tell you all the people I know (I know)
Sell you somethin' that you already own (You own)
I can be whoever you want me to be"
Plastic Hearts ~ Miley Cyrus

I feel at arm’s length,

close enough to see,

but far enough away

to not be smothered in plastic.


On the dance floor where

everyone calls me baby

I laugh and turn, step and misstep

to shrill notes of she’s the

life of the party.


In the glitter of bedazzled blind spots

I can appear to be what I’m not so the shallow

can swim without a lifeguard.

 ©Susie Clevenger 2021

The Sunday Muse #170

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Concrete Flesh of Morning


Photography by Artist, Jasper James

I am the face of the city,

eyes pressed into morning

holding my breath.


Alarm clocks pound migraine drums

through my head to announce the rise and whine

of humans crawling into a new day.


With a bold broom

sunlight sweeps my doorsteps

into moldy gray glitter so

caffeinated souls can see

what they can’t feel.


Vehicles begin their rumble crawl

in asthmatic gasps of engine and oil

through streets hatching across my ribs.


In the widening iris of hours

I exhale yesterday’s weight

and breathe in the hope

today’s politics won’t cripple me.

 ©Susie Clevenger 2021

The Sunday Muse #168