Length of a Day

hibernation

*art and poem by Carmen M Gray

Length of a Day

Dormant slumber

Amidst the hushed quietude

Stillness holds a transformative potency

Like the young century old trees

And the watchful view of the Stag

Bathed in the faintest moonrise light

All of us captive

To the sun

Telling us to lean into

The length of the day

 

Hope

Hope

by Carmen H Gray

 

Isn’t it wondrous, I thought

That she made it

To the end of her journey

She, being smaller

The scant resources did not curtail her instinct to continue

To do what her very existence

Summoned her to achieve

As if some greater force was at play

Guiding her gently to her intention

We can learn grand lessons from such small wins

In the savage Jungle

 

Conversation

Conversation

by Carmen H Gray

 

“I want what she has”

Said air to the water

Making and breaking bonds

So easily

I will absorb you

And change you

But water said, “I will be a heavy burden to you”

As it dripped back down again

And air sighed its flighty sigh

 

Today

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Today

by Carmen H Gray

Light sensitive, feathered and tethered

Look what that lent you:

Experience, beauty, rugged ripeness

Positive and Negative space

And all the in-betweeness

Because life is not Black and White, my love

It’s a spectrum of colors bleeding out

To meet you

If you are willing to take its hand

And taste the sour-sweetness

 

Tiny Golden Slippers

“Yo no quiero que a mi niña
la vayan a hacer princesa.
Con zapatitos de oro
¿cómo juega en las praderas?”-de Miedo por Gabriela Mistral

“I don’t want them to turn my little girl into a princess. In tiny little gold slippers, how could she play in the meadow?”-from Fear by Gabriela Mistral

Tiny Golden Slippers

By Carmen H Gray

Let her be so strong

That the shiny strings of longing

No longer draw her in

Let her echo a resistance

That all of the fear mongering

Is laughable in her brilliance

Let her be so wise

That her wings lift her to the skies

To see the earth

With both discerning eyes

Let my mistakes teach her,

Speak quietly to her heart

And gently, carefully reach her

So she may with grace part

From any notion of dreams withheld

And lastly, may she break

The last pair of tiny golden slippers

Worn for others’ sakes

 

Pieces of Her

“Arrange whatever pieces come your way”-Virginia Woolf

Pieces of Her

by Carmen H Gray

She wept

And each

Salt-filled drip

Contained pieces of her

A uniquely composed

Momentary release

Of cells on the verge of

Elapsed time

Recalling an ending

Opening the space

For the conception

Of pieces of her

Arranged by her

With her

For her

In that when

That moment dies

It is a pretty death

With liquid attendants

Saying farewell with love

 

 

 

Smash

 

“She’s got some sort of notion in her head concerning the eternal rights of women.”
―Kate Chopin, The Awakening

Smash

by Carmen H Gray

Pretty goes south

You need that face

And that pouty mouth

To win the winsome

Fuck that noise

I don’t care

If you stare

I don’t care

If you think I’m rude

Call me a witch

Call me lewd

Summon up that bitch

That whore

That hussy

That crusty old woman

You wouldn’t cum in

That delicate flower

Contains so much power

And blood and life

The maid, the wife

Has come undone

Like a stray note

From a faraway song

A lie written and rote

Doesn’t right a wrong

Smash it to pieces

With each tiny fragment

The music releases

Sing it proud

That faraway song

From centuries gone

Let it move through you

Beyond expansive space

They cannot erase

All that we are

All that we’ve been

All that we’ve given

Our powerful rhythm