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Posted by : cj on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 02:24 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** Karen Bacon **


Your Leftovers

The kitchen is high risk
No cabinet is safe
And definitely not the fridge
On one rack alone:
Whipped cream
Sliced peaches
The cinnamon rolls
With the past expiration date
One shelf up
The liter of Pepsi
And directly across on the door
The disdainful blue cheese dressing
At least the freezer
Only has bagels and buffalo wings

Maybe I should combine
All the dry goods
Into just one threatening cabinet
That way I can either
Get it all over with at once
Or avoid that one cabinet completely
The Lucky Charms
Peeled tomatoes and egg noodles
3 boxes of Mac Ďn Cheese
The always promised, but never made
Pillsbury banana bread
And donít forget
The essential chocolates:
Hershey kisses with almonds and Toblerone

The other option, of course
Is to pack up your supermarket
And make it a safe zone
Seeing as so many other places
Are reminders
But even if I had the strength
Iíd still remember
This is where that went
This is where this went
Etc.,
Etc.,


Amazon Warrior

To my Amazon Warrior:

Your athletic body
Tall and lean
With broad shoulders
And slender, Ďví-shaped back
Perfect, full breasts
Long legs
And large, strong hands
Is like an ancient Olympian
Champion in every contest
And your short, wild hair
And penetrating blue eyes
Completes your bold appearance

To my Amazon Warrior:

Your dynamic physique
Is the only distinguishing feature
From your Paradise Island heritage
Because un-like Wonder Woman
You are insincere and manipulative
And lack her morals and honesty
And un-like Diana Prince
Who maintains her identity
So that she can help others
Your alter-ego
Is to serve the selfish purpose
Of deceiving others
Into thinking you are pure and good
So that you can get what you want

To my Amazon Warrior:

Itís not as easy as removing your belt
To take away your power
Itís all in your charisma
And sensuality
And when youíre touching me
Youíre like the golden lasso
And my body canít lie
Despite what I know in my head

To my Amazon Warrior:

You can wear your thick silver bracelet
And red underwear
With the bright yellow star in the middle
And we can have our little joke
Maybe even some day
Weíll pretend Iím the villain
But deep down
Iíll always know the truth:
Youíll never be a Wonder Woman.


Percentages

What I have to remember about you
What I need to
Hold on to
So that I can stop holding on
Is that you are 10%

Last year
You gave me 100%
Of your 10%
Every little bit
That you put out
That you could put out
Was your best
And every single day
Of that month
You tried to revive
And feel
honestly
That 10% of you
With me

But that was only one month
And 90% of who Iíve known
Is addiction
Cold and distant
And selfish
And nothing like
The woman of that 10%
And me holding on 100%
To that 10%
Despite how amazing
That 10% is
Is only distracting me
From the reality of
My 90% experience
with you.


Karen Bacon is 33 years old and I has been writing poetry on and off since she was 16. She has worked in the social services field and over the past couple years, she had the good fortune to work with two very talented teachers who taught her a great deal about writing and the writing process, which has in turn helped her to develop both her skills and confidence. Karen Bacon says: "I think Iím finally at the place where I can take a risk and share my stuff. My writing is very dear to me.

Copyright 2006, all rights reserved.

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