Monday, August 30, 2021

Breaking a Concrete God


We drink the last drops

of sun from the lips

of the horizon as a sea of ravens

crash their wings against our ribs.


Our roots grown deep in the broken hip

of a concrete god we stretch our limbs

into descending sapphire to greet stars.


Ancestors of the White Oak and Mother Earth’s promise

we sing the canticum of leaves into the night wind

to stir the blood of wild sprouts to revolt against

the damning fingerprint of humans.


Quietly the moon runs her hand along our spines

to send light into our scars and strikes the match of tomorrows

to give us visions of what we must do to defeat man’s

knife blade of sorrows.


 ©Susie Clevenger 2021

 The Sunday Muse #175

Monday, August 23, 2021

Umbrella Lemons

A toast for the empty glass…

the swill of optimism flooding

the back of my throat

to water down sarcasm.


Reduced to a moment’s purr

I plant my chin on the bright sunny

and catnap on warm fuzzies.


Before I slip too far into escape

umbrella lemons test the tightrope

my mind walks to see how much rope

they can walk before they trigger

the last straw.


In the background Pandora’s clock

taunts hell’s picnic is still messy

and I’m the assigned joker with a mop.


Like an automaton I stir in my rewinding,

stare at my empty glass, and wonder

how much work it will take

to portray Eris’s chaos as comedy. 

©Susie Clevenger 2021

Eris (Ερις) is the goddess of discord and strife. 

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Sky Beyond Wire


“Let me love you. I will hold your brittle bones together.”

             ~    Rigoberto González


A child of cages and dark dreams

I listen to the haunting ring of rain upon wire.


Every wingless yesterday stalks my dreams

to pry the wind from hope, yet the butterfly

inside me speaks the language of sky.


Weighted with drowning I drink light

from liquid blue shimmers pooling

on the stars beyond my reach, and

hold on to what I can’t see to lead me

through the obsidian eye of frantic. 

©Susie Clevenger 2021

The Sunday Muse #172