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C.N.P Poetry 

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Curious Equation

By: Marianne Lyon

Today Mary Oliver keeps me company

She doesn’t parlay gossip in rocker on front porch

sip tea watch ruckus kids

kick holler entwine in double-dutch ropes

Instead speaks of fiery desire to thrive

sadness with humanity’s second-fiddle-living

unexplored notion of infinity

She calls a black clad figure over

invites him to join our afternoon radiance

Mary ponders his weary stare sagging jowls

She doesn’t converse but allows her poetry to

articulate there are rifts in your long black coat

I am speechless at first have a hollow feeling

a thrumming sense that my body has become a drum

yet I hold marvelment that Mary allows me a front seat

to inviting improvisation

She intensely addresses him as Mr. Death (yes! Mr. Death)

when you come like an iceberg between the shoulder blades

I want to step through the door full of curiosity

wondering what is it going to be like

I sink into inquietude queries abound wish we could

repose under tall oak heaps of acorns lie in warm grass

calmly contemplate this open-door inquisitive eyes

inquire of ineffable cracks fissures rifts


Marianne has been a music teacher for 43 years. After teaching in Hong Kong, she returned to the Napa Valley and has been published in various literary magazines and reviews including Ravens Perch, TWJM Magazine, Earth Daughters and Indiana Voice Journal. She was nominated for the Pushcart prize in 2017. She is a member of the California Writers Club and an Adjunct Professor at Touro University in California.


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