Saturday, December 18, 2021

What the Ink Sees


Flying Outside the Wire

Freedom is an oily key,

a dangerous walk across

the ear of sanity searching

for the sound of your own breath.


Programmed by wire boundaries,

and wingspan of hell’s generosity

I am a wildling crow learning to fly

a sky that doesn’t stink of vengeance.

©Susie Clevenger 2021

Testing a Theory


Dressed to the nines,

the tail and spur of it,

I prance vanity’s sidewalk

testing the cracks in pavement

to see if my shadow will choose

to add or subtract.


Dear god, it is annoying

 to have fate boast

 it own’s the calculator.

©Susie Clevenger 2021

Flying Without an Airbrush


Stop staring!

I’ve been in enough kettles

to know the price of fire.


While you whine and photoshop

I’m flying where I choose

without the weight of airbrushing

myself into fiction.

©Susie Clevenger 2021


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  2. I love the wildling crow learning to fly the sky.....three great takes on the images, Susie.

  3. Three spectacular poems for the price if one!! I love them all Susie but can utterly relate to Flying Outside the Wire!

  4. I too wrote for all three--which is quite a feat these days, and I admire the spirit and soul in each of these, Susie. The end lines of the first knocked me sideways. Happy holidays, and a better new year to you and yours.

  5. These are magnificent. Every image carries its own warning and determination and the line you make them walk is stunning.

  6. Oh My Goodness ... each is wonderful in its own extremely well done / unique way. Testing a Theory, my favorite. Be well, Susie. Sending love, energy and wishes for a peaceful, joyful Holiday.

  7. Each one of these was insightful and does a good job of imagining what is in the heads of each of the critters.

  8. Your wildling crow is following the book on vengeance, more and more are taking up guns.
    The "price of fire" is going up as very few businesses are giving away free match books any more.

  9. These are engaging, and pulls thought from the reader. Well written Susie!

  10. Each was excellent, Susie! I like reading their thoughts.


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