Poetry Tuesday: Cornucopia

Cornucopia, Poem by Sharon Gerald  
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The cornucopia of confusion

is the one thing I doubt we are

punished for in the end.

Children munching Apple Jacks

on God's living room carpet,

how were we to even guess

our own consequences,

that an unkind word

was so unkind after all,

or the daydream, looking

out the window toward

the Pixie Stick store

where nothing we ever

came back with was the right

choice in Grandmother's eyes,

spoiling us for wholesome peas

and sweet potatoes nobody

mentioned took effort to peel?

How were we to know any

of that innocent failure meant

we weren't in the right place

with our minds on the right goal?

Go ahead, children.

Climb the neighbor's hill

and slide down in your

new clothes through damp leaves.

Go ahead and eat the angel food cake

on the back porch after everyone

else has gone to sleep.

You couldn't have known better,

and someone tomorrow will laugh

at the smushed places where you

tried to hide your mistakes.

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Poetry Tuesday: Cruel Balance

Cruel Balance, Poem by Sharon Gerald  
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Cruel Balance

This is you, teetering here–

bitter yesterday's coffee

and a spoon of sugar, everything

repulsive and desired.

This is you, a headache

at the party, a joke at the meeting,

a backward glance

where it should never have gone.

This is you, absolute hopeful

arriving with the afternoon mail,

but that one pain occupying places

inside it can never give up.

This is you, on the edge,

staring at creek water with a thirst

for desert sunset, sleeping through

marathons of regret, awake

in the hidden folds of the night.

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