the three ring circus hides under the tent


sketches by Walter Koessler


the three ring circus hides under the tent

Foraging picks through the center island
Awkward keeps his eyes down
Put-it-off drops wrappers everywhere

Obsessive wipes the counters to dazzling
Martyr-complex kneels ’til callouses form
the dull light of Guilt never dims

Entertainer pirouettes round the ring
She’s a Performance artist in the buff
electric Pantomime

April  3, 2017
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cartoon of Don by Jeanne


These days I have a tender Don
He looks up toward me, trustingly.

Defenses quieted.
Useless against my letting go
Of obsessive control.

The lady with the hammer
has been replaced.
Now the matriarch nods

At foraging
eating oysters from a can.

to jive with energy surge.

No more push and pull;
toggle switch
to switch tracks

move from sound to image
desk top to mobile
human to divine.

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