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A Poem From The Dark

AND THE NIGHT SKY WOULD BECOME BLUE AGAIN

I Woke Up /// re-edited 2/2/2022 12:31PM

Granddad John James re-edited 10:05Pm 1/31/22

The Grapes (Lucious Grape/ August 31, 2005



TAKE YOUR PEN NOW AND SEE WHAT YOU WILL WRITE

You Taught Me...

Thank You For Being Your Own Treasure

How Hounds-tooth Became Her Friend

A Language You Can't Ignore.... re-edited 1/12/2022

They Say The Preying Mantis Is No Lady

You Can Oh Yes You Can (RE-EDITED 1/9/2021 12:07AM PST time and date stamped.)

HERSTORY...NOT A POEM BUT EXPERIENCE #ONE

I Saw A Star And Dared to Reach For It

The Invitation..( the message of .come as you are>>)

The Nature Of Water

THIS IS MY CORNER OF THE UNIVERSE, ENTER WITHIN

the wonder that always shall be...

Do You Gather Up Your Days The Way Others Collect Wild Butterflies?

Tender Love New And Quick...

Have You Ever... (DECEMBER 4/2021)

The Man On The Red Bicycle (an ode) RE-EDITED 12/4/2021

Stray Cats and I have an understanding... 11/23/2021 copyright

If It Does Them Any Good At All 11/16/2021 date/time stamped

OUTSIDE-THE CROWS 11/14/2021

Still, More Time NOV 6 2021

The Wonder Cat

Little Bundle I Call Joy

AUGUST 1977 (IN THE REMEMBERING)

Wishing Them Onto Better Days

Seize This Day, The One You're With

Only Grief....

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If It Does Them Any Good At All 11/16/2021 date/time stamped


the tooth pulled
swiftly and the pain
rising slowly afterwards
a tide threatening to overrun
and overwhelm

yet
on the way home
in the freezing chill
of near winter
people draped in ragged blankets
ill-fitting shoes
layers of rags
huddled in doorways
with cardboard for sheets
invisible in plain sight
noticed only as blight

how can we do that
think that
be that way

I don't think they planned it
I don't think it needs to be this way
pathetically struggling
I'm poor
but there are so many good things
I've got

four walls
a bed
a shower
a kitchen
a computer to write about all of this
and a rotting tooth pulled
because here in America
dental coverage is a luxury
which because I'm poorer than some
I put on a card

you see so many people
without teeth here
I dream of losing them
I lean over myself
and they all fall out
slowly
spoiled milk from a pitcher
into my shaking hand

a book
of interpretations informs me
this dream means I'm afraid
of things getting out of hand
and of losing control
but as I go everywhere anywhere
I see this has already happened

what is wrong with humans
and man-kind then
when they see
but don't do anything
to alleviate suffering
but return to playing games
on their cell phones

I don't have one
(a phone)
I'm behind the times
old-fashioned
my pocket change
is for the poorer ones

if it does
them
any
good
at all.


LEGAL COPYRIGHT FOR THIS POET/AUTHOR MELISSA A. HOWELLS
DATE TIME STAMPED 11/16/2021 1:31PM PACIFIC STANDARD TIME
AND ALSO FOR THIS LEGALLY COPYRIGHTED AND REGISTERED SITE TITLE
MELOO STRAIGHT FROM HER TILT-A-WORLD

HAVE YOU WONDERED WHAT THE ORIGINS OF MY SITE NAME ARE?
BEFORE I HAD THIS SITE WHERE I WAS PUTTING DOWN MY POETRY I
HAD THOUGHT OF IT. MANY YEARS AGO AS A CHILD I WAS AT THE
FAIR TAKING MY CHANCES RIDING RIDES. I DIDN'T HAVE AN EASY
LIFE WHEN I WAS YOUNGER...BUT HAD THE CAPACITY FOR GREAT JOY
DOING SIMPLE THINGS. I RELISHED THE SIMPLE THINGS...LIKE
THE FAIR.  AFTER GETTING OFF THE TILT-A-WHIRL I WAS DIZZY
EXTREMELY DIZZY AND I RAN LITERALLY INTO A METAL POLE..FUNNY
THING IS THAT I DID A SIMILAR THING LATER ON IN LIFE
AFTER GETTING OFF THE FERRIS WHEEL. but WHEN I WAS YOUNG
THE END RESULT WAS A MILD CONCUSSION AND A QUICK TRIP TO THE ER.
WHEN I WAS THERE...I HAD TO EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENED...AND
THE TILT-A-WHIRL BECAME THE TILT-A-WORLD BECAUSE i HAD TO
KEEP ON REPEATING MYSELF SO MANY TIMES.  AND THEN I THOUGHT
THAT IS KIND OF WHAT MY REAL LIFE IS LIKE...IT TILTS...SO MUCH
HAPPENS THAT I HAVE NO CONTROL OVER...AND SO ITS STAYED WITH ME,
THAT DEFINITION AND IDEA, EVER SINCE...





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