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Ants

Trying to make sense

Of a life in upheaval

Is like trying to

Hear a conversation between ants

You can see them, sure

See that they’re conversating

Their little antennae move

And they hustle forward with purpose

But what they said?

It’s non-sensical.

Problems are like this too

They appear, but don’t make sense

And decisions must be rushed toward

with all the purpose

of an ant on a mission

but none of the understanding.

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family Haiku Poems Poetry

Deck Parties

Mild, summer evenings

Bring bubbles of joy and chaos

That float like pink clouds

Across dying grass

In a rush we talk over

One another

Not because we’re not listening

But because we’re trying

To steal extra minutes

From a waning day

Who’s jewel bright light filters through fluttering green leaves

“Hurry,” it whispers. “The day will soon sleep.”

So we spill our stories

Incomplete as the broken light

Their shards reflecting our smiles.

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family Haiku parenting Poetry

Divorce

Sometimes I feel like

I’m a placeholder for others

Because of me

Their world stays in tact.

They’re allowed to grow, and be

While I remain fixed.

Always straggling behind

In the shadow of their success.

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family Haiku Poetry

Mothers

It’s a strange thing

To share your kids with others

But…that’s what divorce is

Two people now split

Learning to share their beloveds

It’s not an easy thing

Blended families are hard

I’ve had to share with two women

(But that’s another story)

And…it’s a strange thing

Also a great one, and I’ll tell you why

Sometimes we’re selfish

We think sharing love means diluting love

Of course it doesn’t

And isn’t it amazing

When so many people want the same thing?

To love

And be loved

By children?

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Haiku Poetry

Mornings

Purple-pink neon

Kisses the clouds in the sky

Blessings from the sun

Kids pile in the car

Older now. Wiser, taller

But they still pile in

With sleep clinging to their eyes

We share the morning

Together.