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He Came Up All Flirty

 

by Judith Partin-Nielsen

 

 

He came up all flirty, said:

Hey, I was going to call you—

thought maybe we could

    talk over old times

thought maybe you had forgotten

    what a rude, fucking asshole I was

thought maybe I could—

    charm you, chat you all up

    seduce you, maybe buy

    some nice wine with dinner

    tell you old, sad stories and

    new ones too about how

    women divorced me, cursed me

    spit in my face, set my

    house on fire, spent all my money

    and just couldn’t get enough of me.

thought maybe we could

    talk on the phone, send some

    sexy emails, tell some deep dark

    secrets or smoke something

    maybe listen to Miles or Eric,

    Coldplay, North Mississippi All-Stars

    or anything at all just don’t

    torture me with “twang”

thought maybe we could be

    like old times or new times

    or anytime at all, like

    I could be making time

    with you Babe or I

    could call you later or

    you could call me, but

    hey, not that stuff you

    called me before—which was

    mostly true, but why women

    like to focus on that shit I

    don’t know

thought maybe we could just

    get over the past, our past

    make a new past which

    isn’t really over anyway

___, but, yeah okay

    I guess we’re done

 

 

 

 


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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel © 2017

70,000 birds

 

by Judith Partin-Nielsen

 

 

70,000 birds intentionally killed

graceful geese, wrens, sparrows,

sparrows in their fluttering beauty

so that we unholy humans

can fly on fire-breathing

dragon wings in

their pristine shies

our only worries,

lost luggage



Migrations #1

 

In Memoriam

 

José Angel Alfano Solana

 

by Judith Partin-Nielsen

 

 

 

We crossed over the border

I won’t say how

and what can I say of

freezing desert nights

black sky blazing stars

then searing, burning sun

tearing into flesh

relentless, relentless

the walking, and fear

then- - - - - - -running, running

as sand clouds appear

against the far sky

running, running- - -and then

I lost you and Juan and

the girl running, running

and falling face down

breathing sand and

dreaming, dreaming of naranjas and

water, rain falling and

phantoms unfurling like giant

sails across the desert floor

and the pounding, pounding of

ocean waves in my ears

and then - - - - -the face, the face

of El Senőr



 

 

 

Jack

 

by Judith Partin-Nielsen

 

He stole my poem,

then tried to seduce me

Other than that,

he was a pretty good guy.

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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel © 2018

singles ad

Westword Magazine

 

by Judith Partin-Nielsen

 

 

professional musician

seeks woman to

spend all my money

wreck my truck

and brake my heart

 

dude, you’ve found her

 

 

 


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Art by W, Jack Savage © 2018

Something Has Happened

 

by Judith Partin-Nielsen

 

 

sitting in that space

between the worlds

in a morning pool

of winter sunlight

favorite teacup

in hand, the white

one with delicate pink

and yellow flowers in

a tangle of pale green

vines — slowly, slowly

drinking, then breathing,

in the warmth of

waiting, waiting until

“something has happened”

becomes a soft voice saying,

“your mother is dead”

 


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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel © 2018

The Hope of It

 

by Judith Partin-Nielsen

 

 

Where is the beauty, the Hope

in the horror of it, you ask.

Underneath a hard, bitter

casement of seed is there

an invisible bloom, a bud

not yet conceived—  

a fragrance only in

the mind’s eye.

Are we the Hope of it?

 

 




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Endings #2

 

by Judith Partin-Nielsen

 

folded flag from the casket

pressed against my heart

even now feeling your arms

tightly around me

 

 


Following a trail of words, mountains, spirit and tears, this writer, mother, wife and eventually psychoanalyst left Texas for Colorado in 1985. The land of the Arapahoe welcomed her and called her by name.  The love of poetry, poet and high mountain valleys has warmed her heart and made her home.  Freud said “everywhere I go, the poet has been there before me.” May we keep following those footsteps on our paths thru the worlds. This contributor has taught contemplative psychotherapy at Naropa University, practices psychoanalysis, and writes poetry.

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