To Love a Bird (Is to Paint Her Red)

I am azure-headed, ruby-breasted, emerald-winged. I flutter into your embrace, only God and His sun as my witnesses. You tell me that I dazzle color, even when my feathers are plucked, even when all that is visible is the white plumage beneath the surface. When my toes are ripped, you stitch them back; when my…

Coffee & Company

Don’t fill up on coffee, she said, Because the grinds are too simple-- they sit in your stomach-- they rub your intestines like sandpaper. Coffee is straightforward and bitter like your grandmother’s humor. Instead, break the fast with orange juice-- something sweet yet sharp. Start your morning with a complication, hydrate your soul with sympathy…

Lighthouse

Your eyes were staircases spiraling inside towering licorice lighthouses; I watched some nights when you’d pry open my craters and release my moths and let them collect on your glittering railings. Your pupils shined on my royal violet failings, but you always loved to blink my name.   Speaking of poetry, it's the middle of…

Piety

  Between the crevices in the syntax, the sentence, the subject, punctuation serves as an altar to ideas that cannot be connected by splinters or nails. Exclamation marks that yell also scream out tales. Gentle commas swirl into periods, like silk but even softer  and create something that serves the crevices between the icons and…

March Poetry Contest Winner

Happy Sunday, everyone! I would like to congratulate Ralph Alley III (AKA Connor) for being March's poetry winner of the 2B or Not 2B website! His writing follows a narrative structure and truly transports the reader to a different world. His poem “Beyond Our Dreams" shows how poetry can easily become a device of story-telling. Every month there…

February Poetry Contest Winner

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I would like to congratulate Alicia Mrachek for being February's poetry winner of the 2B or Not 2B website! Alicia's writing truly is amazing, and her poem “Rubber Pieces of April” shows how raw and honest her writing is. Every month there will be a new winner pertaining to all genres of writing, so keep a look out…