Passed Out


 it was dark when they first met
she looked at ugly and almost passed out
then,
she looked into the mirror
and did

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Eager Little Fingers


in the day
light cords hung
from ceilings
wrapped in asbestos cord
a light fixture screwed
into its end

a push button
on the wall
off and on

eager little fingers
a cord without a bulb
curiosity their demise
enter into the socket
receive unanticipated shock
retract with
lightning speed

eager little fingers
decide lessons learned
now
cautious little fingers
seek new adventure
avoiding open sockets
without lights

Tiger


darkness!
two emerald coals
aflame
floating eight inches
from the floor.
blink off,
on,
then,
gone on padded paws.

Sandy Benda©December 2016
Written 1962

The Stupid Person


A stupid person
will never
listen
to an
intelligent person
because…
the stupid person
knows everything

It Matters Not


as we move through time,

unstoppable,

knowing the days

are numbered

 

yet,

continue on

as if,

it matters not

 

those gone before

most forgotten

a few

elevated to be remembered;

the achievements,

the monuments,

the works of art

and literature

all forgotten

when time continues unabated

 

when there is no reclamation

of the dust

once called earth,

 

when we

no longer  move

through time

it matters

 

not

 

Discovery


Columbus, Erickson, Cook
all explorers who discovered
but,
did they really discover
or did they simply conquer
the true discovers of the land
the people living there?

is the word Discover
an incorrect title
when the reason
of discovery
was plunder and conquer?

yes,
Columbus,
Erickson,
Cook,
and others alike
conquerors all,
discoverers…not!

Hatred


Hatred

Hatred is blind
causing light to recede
into darkness.

Hatred,
oblivious of the consequences
descends,
darkening the land
long before the sun sets.