Poetry With Summer Purpled Awe – Robert Okaji



No one wants to be forgotten
or remembered for the wrong reasons,
but how do we attain that sweet spot
between regrettable and a barred
door clanking shut? I was born in
Louisiana. What happened next
is that song living at the edge of
memory, just beyond grasp, its
lyrics gnarled and tangled in the
roots of an old cypress along a
muddy creek. Yeah, that one. I
won’t sing it in this lifetime.
That tune’s never coming back.


You stretch out your hands
and a reflection cuts you in half.


I should have grabbed you and the dog,
and headed to Texas. They’ve got hills
there that the tide won’t reach, and
trees that won’t die from salt
poisoning, whose branches
won’t be festooned with children’s
clothing and bits of people’s torn
lives, and the stench won’t linger
longer than regret and the effect
of poor choice and dumb luck.


There, then gone. I scream
until my voice rasps away
but you are still out there,
still floating, still afraid
and angry and beautiful, hair
forming a halo around your
face, no tears, no sound
but water lapping, and
the flies zeroing in.


Next time there will be no party.
I’ll wait alone to greet the rain.
The wind will scour me
as I embrace what comes.


Poetry – Bad Weather Will Pass – Ricardo Sexton

This Bad Weather will pass Guess yes. It’s just a phase In offer; the suffering feeds Your courage haze. (Pace!) Essences. Not the problem! Life is the test, in its ounces – Every obstacle is a lesson! ‘Announcement Announces’ Hop/Drop. Time won’t stop! Reap crop! Cash. Catch up! Don’t hide. Leap! to the due Don’t […]

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Poetry – You Are My Ocean — JohnCoyote

You are my ocean My first love was the sea. Uncontrolled and free. I danced with her, as a child. I fell into her waves and I felt the safety of her power and strength. Today by the Pacific. I traced your sun-kissed skin my love. I fell into your blue eyes, wild […]

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3 Poems Up at MockingHeart Review

I have the honor of being the featured poet in Volume 3, Issue 2 of MockingHeart Review. I am grateful to editor Clare Martin and her tireless dedication. She is a blessing!

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Poetry – Bottom Falling

Bottom, Falling Through that window you see another bird rising, unlabeled, unwanted, yet noticed. A limb’s last leaf. The boy’s breath. Like the morning after your father died, when temperature didn’t register and heat shallowed through the morning’s end. Still you shivered. Glass. Wind. Night’s body. How to calibrate nothing’s grace? Take notes. Trace […]

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Poetry – In The Rain

It washes away the impurities Promotes growth for better days It brings forth the cosy feelings Heat the tea, get a book and laze It nourishes precious flowers Rehydrates and stresses the pain It pouring on the darkest hours Flooding its suffer & feels its strain It drops symbols of purification And touches to the […]

via In The Rain. — Ricardo Sexton

Poetry – It’s hard, It’s difficult: that’s life! So Why should you be happy about it?

You know, life is hard Yes it’s hard It’s difficult You’re right And it’s worth it!! The Exam model Assume you were in an examination room at college. The lecturer hands you the questions booklet. Opening it you find 50(fifty) addition and substraction questions… What would your reaction be? How would it affect your perspective […]

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Literature – Robert Frost: “Out, Out – ” — word and silence

“Out, Out – ” The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood, Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it. And from there those that lifted eyes could count Five mountain ranges one behind the other Under the sunset far into Vermont. And the saw […]

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Poetry-A Fearless Guess. — Ricardo Sexton

My life was combined And abandoned in a safe Later those combiners died Taking the only key to the safe Then doubt tried to out it I listened, hearing about it I am stronger to stop its roll And to no longer adopt its toll It slowed in ‘meaner lows’ And so it flew in […]

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Poetry – Father’s Day, 4: Thorns At Final

This morning I saw your picture in the fireplace Alive; playing with us, our favourite game, chase! A photo, a blast of smile with a ‘love’ splash But, it faded faster than that camera’s flash Your illusion, played the crime lotto so often In the end, you won: the coffin and cotton I’ve got you […]

via Father’s Day, 4: Thorns At Final. — Ricardo Sexton