An Old Showgirl’s Advice

Sparkle sparkle, Dear.
Never forget all that I told you
is true.
As you pop and lock
down the sidewalk
of life,
look around,
and down.
You never know
where you’ll find stars.


The prompt at dVersePoets today called for a bit of the old razzle dazzle.



How to Sort Your Dead Mother’s Things

The first step is to resist thinking
that this is all a life comes down to.
Allow yourself to hear her
as you round a corner in the basement.
She says, No, there’s more.
More than you can carry,
more than you could let go
in a lifetimeĀ or two.