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Grey Sparrow Journal

Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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men dig in neighbor’s garden, hawthorne bush tossed

atop trampled yellow pansies, perky faces, battered

deadline deserves resolute commitment

delete - insert - demolish

unearth pithy phrases

high pitched drills, hammer clangs, pounding beat

men drive steel piers into bedrock

flesh emotions to framework

install beams, temper weights, ratchet increments

grammar, punctuation

italics, bold, underline

shore the foundation

print, read,

revise

send


                                      -Joanne Faries



 

 

Blend



 

Pack escape within escape

weeks before vacation

magazines, books piled high

one added, one tossed

frothy, serious, brooding, frivolous

underwear stacked

shirts folded

mix-n-match colors

calculated, pristine

sandals stuffed in side pockets

swimsuit folded in overnight bag

like a bartender who measures, pours

mixes the smoothest concoction

adds cherry, pineapple slice, or olive

a traveler chooses to read

the perfect blend

to soar with the plane

time oblivious

or sit on the beach

waves strum background music

for a summer romance novel

voyager pauses

packs one more book

in case of emergency

there is an escape plan

                              -Joanne Faries