Pinterest Interest

Sigh my favorite board on Pinterest Just For Fun

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4 AM on Etsy what I would wear if I could afford it

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my new board on Pinterest All Eve’s Apples   

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The Heart of Winter

polar vortex in the news
I browse novels
set in the tropics

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snow dust on the hood of the car cat tracks

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kitchen warmth
I trade in December’s red
for February roses

 

The Newark Riots ~ 50 Years Later

This week marks the 50th anniversary of a very sad time – the Newark riots. I remember them well. There was a curfew, and when I looked out our apartment window – National Guardsmen rode by in a jeep with rifles leaning against their chests. I was nowhere near the terror-stricken interior but inhaled the tension. This was my home city, and I was 14 years old. I wrote these tanka poems in hindsight and they were published by Modern English Tanka Press in 2009, 40 years after the fact. Newark still suffers:
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forty years
after the riots
three students slain
“no apparent cause”
again, this blistering heat
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born to love
born to hunt
we do what we do…
all the songs all the poems
nothing changes this
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coming in on
a soft summer breeze
tickling my necking
and dropping down low —
this sadness for what
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warm nights
I undress by an open
window   wondering
what is freely given
               freely taken
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© Andrea Grillo