Sunday, November 29, 2009

Brenda Petrakos


The little boys giggle as they brush their teeth
the new fruit flavored tooth paste
tastes "like poop" the 8 year old declares!
his brother can't stop laughing
Their auntie tells them the tooth paste is "healthy"
then the two boys declare in unison "Healthy Poop!"
which sends
the two kids on a morning
tangent of giggles
a 10 year old boy and his 8 year old brother
find a blissful moment of laughter
"It's good luck - to giggle in the morning"
they tell their old auntie
She makes their eggs and giggles herself.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Ellaraine Lockie


All of them at Starbucks on Thanksgiving morning
Solo men whose women don't exist
Or are home cooking in concert with a country
of women and a hick town of men

Surrounding families speaking German and Japanese
who will later eat turkey and cranberries
at someone else's house
Secretly wondering why the ballyhoo
The British couple trying not to think too hard
about pilgrims and revolutions
A man wearing an embroidered kufi

Yet why not an international day of gratitude
A day away from differences, right here now
Push tables together, carve up a pumpkin cake
Dress the morning in coffees from other countries
and celebration of the one we're in
Hold hands in a blessing that bars
bloodshed, politics and religion
Cheerio, ohayo, salam, dankbar