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Posted by : cj on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 02:20 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** Diane Anjoue **


Alone and Lonely

Cruise set, a passenger at 80 miles slow;
the empty years deserting me,
middle-age confusion in their wake.
Streetlights blink by in the periphery,
skeletal reminders, darkness inevitable.
Living in limbo, heart's akimbo.

Traveling packs of steel horses,
gas guzzlers vying for my space.
I'm lonely, surrounded by familiar chatter,
riding the banal white noise buzzing my ear.
Drifting thoughts, as the clouds above.
Sad and lonely, a fog of loss hovers.

Miles ticked off, overtaking my sense of being.
Haunting melodies, Enya lures the savage.
Ride the whip of emotion's beastly tail.
Airwaves vibrate on The Edge, taunting me.
U crooning 2 me, feeding on bare melancholy;
I fall into the abyss of the improbable.

An afternoon spent with the ‘prime of my days’
Change and stumble, security’s a'tumble;
this roadtrip leads me to wonder.
Standing still, moving snail’s pace, or
in the race for my Life, I know not.
Maybe the median of highway life is now home…


Traveling Light

I love the rain, but
it usually chaperones
my tears,

I never lack for those.

Sitting,
curled up
on the hard floor,
leaning against
my open window.
Wet, fresh air
wafting thru,
bringing along the
slight metallic tang
of the screen...
A single ragged hole
shimmering,
holding captive a
soul rain drop.

Sparkling memories
soaking
dull barbed pain.

I can stare out
into the distance, and
remember happier times....


Sassafras Bitch

To women she’s all brazen hussy
Playing ways that raise most brows
A tough nut with all that sass, she
Gambles men as mere distractions

A simple “How was your day dear?”
Seems soaked with innuendo….
Brings scrawled images of pretty women
Tied in his silk and toppling heels

Sugar coated moxie, armor for her heart
Mardi Gras mask stained by beads of sweat
Her brassy smile leaves her eyes behind
Tossing that hollow laugh as her dare

She hoards the world’s far corners
Street smarts drawn in her wily way
Leaves them prostrate at her feet, yet
She gladly sheds them on a dime

Men fooled they have what she needs
Emboldened hearts, minds, guts and groins
Overblown sizes grow to shrunken heads
Yet still swear they know what makes her tick

She tumbles a cool cat; his brandished confidence
Jealous snipes try to collar her elusive back,
Falling on deaf ears attuned to his finger’s crook
Desperate pleas losing to a howling tempest…

Screeching Bitch, her laughter tangled in his nine tails.


Diane Anjoue resides in a small suburb of Chicago, with her husband and three sons. She writes poetry and short stories. Her poetry has appeared in The Panhandler Quarterly and as a part of the poetry anthology, Sometimes We Dream, produced to benefit the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. She has recently self-published a book of poetry under the title of Collection de Jolie-Laide, wanting to be lost within… Diane is co-owner of the website PoetryCache.com, "A Serious Resource for Serious Poets," providing services such as proofreading, editing, and marketing.


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